www.amazinggracetallship.comMaritime Leadership is dedicated to providing an avenue for education, refreshment, mentorship and team building though sail training for youth and those involved in service leadership. 

We have had the privilege of sailing with volunteers from a juvenile detention facility, a women's community support home, military Veterans from Vietnam and Iraq, Wounded Warriors, and foster children. Maritime Leadership has also taken hundreds of volunteer workers sailing who lead and cared for single mothers, local urban youth, needy homeless or those in prison.

At the heart of Maritime Leadership is the dedicated crew who have developed into a unified family focused on the common goal of serving guests. Most of the crew are relatively new to boating but are given the opportunity to learn from the ground up what it takes to sail a vessel. In 2007, three crew became U.S. Coast Guard licensed captains and another certified as a U.S. Sailing Association instructor. Our guests clearly see the depth of care that the crew have for one another and their capacity to function as a skilled team. Crew are themselves refreshed by serving our guests.

See what others have to say about us on our Testimonials page!

Maritime Leadership provides

  1. A STEAM focused educational platform for middle and high school aged students. 
  2. Traditional and Small boat sail training, mentorship and discipleship targeting guests and crew.
  3. A caring and interactive environment with healthy role models for youth that need to be encouraged and inspired.
  4. Sailings ranging from 3 hours (up to 25 guests) to 48 hours (up to 15 guests) for adventure, outreach, team building and discipleship trips.
  5. A dockside retreat center for crew, pastors and other servant leaders that need to be refreshed or rejuvenated
  6. A venue for a television show hosted by Andy Wand (singer and songwriter of "Sailing on Amazing Grace").

Why Sail Training? 

A ship at sea has been described as a microcosm of the planet. Resources are finite, waste must be managed responsibly and success depends on one’s ability to work as a team. One quickly learns that many hands lighten a load. In a similar way, so do good shipmates — those who are focused, considerate, and good humored. There is no place on earth which better illuminates leadership qualities, nor marks the path so clearly toward achieving them. The rewards of a smoothly run ship are immediate, obvious and sweetly satisfying. As sailors have said for centuries, take care of your ship and she’ll take care of you.

Aboard a sail training vessel, as in life, our small piece is a critical part of the whole. The quality of work, and the spirit in which we do it, has a profound effect on the well-being of everyone else aboard. Leadership, paradoxically, is arrived at by learning to take direction. Becoming a team player. Pulling your share of the load. Being absolutely responsible. Dependable. And, learning to depend on the responsibility of others. For no matter what the particular mission of a ship might be, it is essential that she be safely navigated and handsomely attended.

This is true of the larger world, but in the larger world, the quality of our actions are not so immediately apparent. In our day to day lives, most of us do not have at hand accessible evidence of collisions we’ve safely avoided, environmental conditions we gained advantage from, or courses accurately steered no matter the conditions. Our actions seem at times to be in a vacuum and feedback is often butted by other issues. It often takes years to measure the efficacy of our navigation and our ability to “hand, reef and steer” our lives. Nor do we often have the simple yet somehow completely thrilling affirmation of perfectly set sails in a stiff breeze and a ship “with a bone in her teeth.” On a sail training vessel, it’s right there. Right now.

For some, sail training offers first time successes. For others, it is a much needed refresher course in life when we find ourselves, for instance, knocking hats off passerby’s or staring too long at funeral processions — which Herman Melville describes as “high time to get to sea” in Moby Dick. For all, sail training offers an absolutely unique experience.

Excerpt from Tall Ships America