Volunteer

How would you like to join the crew of our 177-foot square-rigged ship? Our volunteer crew members are responsible for operation and upkeep of Gazela and Jupiter. This includes standing watch, sail handling and taking the helm on trips to various ports. It’s not all sun and waves though; you will need to work. A minimum of 50 hours of volunteer time is required to be a part of the sailing crew each year. No experience is necessary. We are a helpful, fun-loving group and you will likely learn new skills you never imagined. Past trips have ranged from Newfoundland to New Orleans and points in between.

First, give it a try

Come visit us at Penn’s Landing to volunteer. You’ll find Gazela, it’s kind of hard to miss. Saturdays around 10 a.m. are usually a good time, but you may want to call ahead to confirm the ship is in port. When you come, just ask for the foreman and we’ll put you to work. Also ask for the sign-in book. You’ll want to record your hours to be eligible to sail. Don’t wear anything too precious, it may get ruined. Our cooks prepare a tasty meal for volunteers on Saturdays. We just ask you to kick in $3.

Still having fun?

If you think you want to come back, we encourage you to join the Guild. This isn’t necessary for volunteering, but you do need to join and pay your yearly dues if you want to be part of the sailing crew. Members also get to park at the adjacent lot for $5. You really ought to sign up for our newsletter too. This is best way to learn about our schedule and events.

Ready to sail?

Ok, so you’ve paid your dues, you are on track to complete your 50 hours, and you’ve signed up to sail. Just a few more things:

  • Attend our Level 1 sailing class. It’s free!
  • Have your doctor certify that you are in good health. Forms are available on Gazela.
  • Purchase a crew shirt ($25) through our office.
  • We advise you buy some helpful gear. Climbing the rigging (optional) will also require safety gear. Further guidance will be provided during classes.
  • Finally, we ask that you respect the safety and well-being of your fellow crew members at all times.

Remember, we have no passengers, only crew members. So a willingness and ability to participate in maintenance and operation of the ships is necessary at all times. Hope to see you soon!

6 thoughts on “Volunteer

  1. Hank Kaminski

    Are there weekday opportunities to visit Gazela & Jupiter to inquire about volunteering and crewing

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    1. Alan Post author

      Hi Hank–
      The best bet for getting a look around would be on a Saturday. Sometimes there can be folks available on a weekday but its kind of hit or miss. I think your best bet would be to email the volunteer coordinator at volunteer@gazela.org. She would probably know. Hope to see you around.

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    1. Alan Post author

      Hi–
      There isn’t any official limit on daily hours, but as a practical matter, folks generally put in time on the ship when a foreman is onboard. There are lots of other opportunities to volunteer around the clock though. Check here: http://gazela.org/opportunities/
      Our Volunteer Coordinator should be able to help you get plugged in. Email volunteer@gazela.org, call our office (http://gazela.org/contact/) or stop by the ship. Thanks for posting!

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    1. Alan Post author

      Hi, thanks for your interest. I’m afraid we are departing today so you wouldn’t be able to get your hours in on the ship in Baltimore, however there are many ways to contribute your hours and they can sometimes be done off ship. Check out our opportunities page on the site. I would also suggest subscribing to our newsletter via the link on our home page. You can also contact our volunteer coordinator at volunteer@gazela.org to see how we might match up your skills with our needs.

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