Friday, March 13, 2015

Almost Spring

Looks quiet on the outside, but Capt. Ben has multiple projects underway under the cover.  Sailing soon!
-Capt Tom

Friday, January 9, 2015

The Schoolship in Winter

I visited Inland Seas yesterday but I could not get in as the lock was frozen.  Capt. Ben will come later with a torch!  Otherwise, she is wintering well.

I don't think anyone would want to swim here today.

Inland Seas with her sister Schoolship, Manitou

--Stay warm, Capt. Tom.

ISEA Book Signing, Saturday January 17th, at Horizon Books, Traverse City

Join author Heather Shaw and ISEA Founder Tom Kelly for a book signing at Horizon Books on Saturday January 17th, 2 - 4 pm.  Heather will be signing several of her recent books, including It's OK Not to Share, Uncommon Conservation (the story of the Grass River Natural Area), A Colorful Cast (about Paul Welch and the growth of the arts in Traverse City), and Aboard the Schoolship, the story of ISEA.  Also participating will be artist and instructor Paul Welch.  

Schooner Inland Seas Crew & Instructors at Escanaba this past July

Thursday, December 25, 2014

GPS Navigation Course to be offered by Grand Traverse Power & Sail Squadron

Electronic Navigation introduces GPS technology from the most basic receiver to chart plotter systems for navigation on board.
The process of navigation by establishing waypoints and routes and then running the planned course is demonstrated. Further, electronic charting software for the desktop computer is examined with creation of waypoints and routes on the desktop and subsequent download to the onboard unit. Despite differences among the various manufacturers’ offerings, a thorough discussion of the features being made available is included Special attention is paid to apps for tablets and smartphones that provide the electronic navigation function at the helm, for relatively little cost.
Students should be familiar with the basic charting concepts such as latitude, longitude, the compass, course plotting, and time/distance calculation, to get the most out of the course.
This course omits Radar and Depth Sonar technologies, however Appendix 8 of the course text on Automatic Identification System (AIS) is presented and made part of the examinable material for USPS course credit.
Course cost - $60.00 USPS member—$85.00 Non-members
Time – Jan 19, 2015 at 7:00 pm (for 8 weeks)
Location – Grand Traverse Yacht Club
Instructors:  Jerry Williams, former GLMA Instructor & Tom Kelly, former ISEA Executive Director & Captain. 

If you are interested please e-mail Jerry Williams ( so I can order the correct number of textbooks.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

New Book "Aboard the Great Lakes Schoolship" Now Available

Heather Shaw's 96-page book on the history of Inland Seas, titled Aboard the Great Lakes Schoolship  is available at the ISEA office or Horizon Books in Traverse City.  The cost is $16 plus tax.  This book would make a great gift to any friend of ISEA. 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Winter 2014 Layup

The cover finally goes on when we get a short break in the weather (November 14, 2014).
This is what it looked like at 0800.  About 8" of snow on deck. 

Tom and Jan got to work shoveling and got much of it off before the rest of the crew arrived at 0900

With the plastic on, Jan, Len, Bob and Jack worked at cutting in the shrouds.

Capt. Ben fitting the aft end of the cover.

Bob stapling the door in place.
By 1730 we had the cover on and secured.  Just in time for another blast of early winter!
---Capt. Tom

PS:  Thanks again to Center Pointe for use of their dock for the winter!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Boy Scout Troop 290 - 3 Day Sailing & Science

On September 5 - 7, 14 Boy Scouts and 6 adults sailed with us on Grand Traverse Bay.  Most of these Scouts had never sailed before.  In 3 days they were sailors and scientists! 

Abandon Ship Drill prior to leaving dock

Abandon Ship Drill

Sampling for Micro-Plastics with the Manta Trawl

Manta Trawl coming aboard

Chief Scientist Jeanie with Manta Trawl

Happy Helmsman

Reed's Poster

We had a great time with these Scouts.  Hope to sail with you again soon! 
-- Capt. Tom & the Crew (Ben Hale, Jim Herman, Jeanie Williams, Allen Wolfe)