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El Galeon is staying slightly longer than expected

The 17th century Spanish galleon replica El Galeon was initially scheduled to leave out of Ocean City on the 27th. But if you haven’t set foot on the ship yet, you’re in luck–El Galeon is extending its stay here for three additional days due to inclement weather. The crew is also offering a 30-day trainee program as the ship travels from Ocean City to Spain, so if you’ve ever dreamed of being a sailor, now’s your chance.

From the Town of Ocean City’s Communications Manager Jessica Waters:

Ocean City, Maryland – (August 25, 2017): The Spanish ship, the El Galeon, has extended their stay in Ocean City! The ship, which was scheduled to depart on Monday, August 28, will stay in the Isle of Wight Bay until Wednesday, August 30, due to expected tidal conditions. The 170-foot, 495-ton wooden replica will be on display for patrons today, Friday, August 25 until Tuesday, August 29, with a pending departure at approximately 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 30 (weather depending). For more information & admission visit: https://oceancitymd.gov/oc/departments/special-events/el-galeon-tall-ship/ 

In addition, the crew is offering a once in a lifetime adventure for voyagers who want more than just a tour of the vessel. Those who have the need and time to do more than visit the vessel at port can become a “trainee” and experience the 16th century vessel as it sets sail. The Nao Victoria Foundation has designed a Trainee Program that allows participants to become part of the crew for the final leg of the vessel’s journey from Ocean City to Spain. This opportunity allows trainees to share the responsibilities of the watch with your mates and learn from professional sailors about capturing the trade winds aboard El Galeon.

Trainees learn a variety of sailing techniques, including participating on the watches from the bridge, sails maneuvers, woodwork, docking and more. Sailing experience is not a requirement for the program, as participants will learn all that is needed through sailing workshops onboard! Positions are limited and a cost is associated with the program. Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity! The journey takes approximately 30 days.
For more information visit www.fundacionnaovictoria.org or contact with: Ulises Custodio at ulises@fundacionnaovictoria.org, Tel. (904) 826 7327.

Kristin is a writer and photographer in Ocean City, Maryland, and is the content manager for OceanCity.com and other State Ventures, LLC sites. She loves getting reader-submitted stories and photos, so send her an email anytime. She also works part-time at the Art League of Ocean City and the Ocean City Film Festival and lives just off the peninsula with her dog and fiancé. Her photos can be found on Instagram @oc_kristin.

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