About the Outing

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This sailing expedition will be one of your most unique experiences at USD. Once you step aboard the Irving Johnson, a 90 foot-long and 129 ton Brigantine, you become the crew that will sail this ship.

During this continuous sailing expedition in the open Pacific ocean you will be assigned a watch (a group of 4-6 sailors and 1 crew from the ship) that will take turns running all aspects of the ship 24 hours a day. From standing bow watch to plotting a course at the navigation table or taking a turn at the wheel steering the ship at night your crew will run the ship during a 4 hour watch duty.

You will learn about all aspects of tall ship sailing: navigation, astronomy and off-shore marine ecology all the while becoming more familiar with the life of a sailor. Learn a new vocabulary as you trim and furl the sails and learn knots, splicing and a variety of seamanship skills.

This will be an amazing experience where you will learn what it really means to work as a team, understanding the importance of both giving commands and the ability to follow them. Your watch will be like an alternate family as you cast away for this high seas adventure.

Designated as one of the Official Tall Ships and Maritime Ambassadors of the city of Los Angeles, the Irving Johnson was built to "give tens of thousands of young people the opportunity to experience self-discovery, life changing adventure and education found only on a tall ship at sea." It is part of the Los Angeles Maritime Institute's TopSail program. The LAMI was recently honored as one of the 2013 Top-Rated non-profits awarded by GreatNonprofits.