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Clearwater’s Education Programs Set Sail On The Mystic Whaler

The Schooner Mystic Whaler has returned to the Hudson River for another season of teaching students and public sails.
The Schooner Mystic Whaler has returned to the Hudson River for another season of teaching students and public sails. Photo Credit: Contributed

BEACON, N.Y. – The Schooner Mystic Whaler has returned to the Hudson River for another spring of conducting Clearwater’s onboard education programs and public sails.

The Mystic Whaler, based out of New London, Conn., is Clearwater’s sister ship and has been sailing alongside her every spring for the past 21 years. The Mystic Whaler includes Captain John Eginton, his crew, and a team of Clearwater educators.

Young sailors get the opportunity to experience the Hudson River hands on, learn the history of the river and the people along its banks, the ecology of the fish and other creatures living in it, how to test for water quality, and to become lifelong stewards for the river.

Clearwater has been undergoing a major hull restoration since October 2015. Expecting to return to the river in mid-June, Clearwater’s crew said they are looking forward to sailing with students again.

Clearwater received a mandate from the U.S. Coast Guard to restore and replace large sections of the nearly 50-year-old wooden ship, including her hull. The project will cost Clearwater $850,000 to complete and the small non-profit continues fundraising efforts to ‘Splash the Sloop’.

”Clearwater’s education programs provide a unique experience for school kids, giving them an appreciation for the Hudson River that will last a life time. We are all excited to see Clearwater’s restoration behind us and seeing her back on the river with the wind in her sails,” said Eginton.

The Mystic Whaler is currently docked at the 79th Street Boat basin in New York and will be traveling North during the second week in May.

The schooner is available for educational sails, private charters and public sails. Visit http://www.clearwater.org/come-sailing/ or call 845-265-8080 ext. 7107 for bookings.

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