Sea of Opportunities

Our Impact

Egan Maritime Institute believes in the power of education to create an innovative and inspired maritime workforce for tomorrow. Did you know that 75% of the world’s goods are transported by sea? Or that maritime industries are facing a major problem with an aging workforce and small pool of rising talent?

Sea of Opportunities is a diverse offering of education and outreach programs available to every Nantucket student at multiple points throughout their student career. It seeds the maritime workforce of tomorrow and opens doors for local youth to opportunities that will enhance their futures and our coastal community.

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June 2018, Student Mariner sail aboard Tall Ship Lynx.

By the Numbers (as of July 1, 2018)
  • 3,420 - Youth Served
  • 1,342 - Classroom Students
  • 1,988 - Tall Ship Field Trip Students
  • 573 - Summer Surfboat Particpants
  • 59 - Student Mariners


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Design, Build, and Race Your Own Cardboard Boat Program, October 2017

Every 8th grade student at Nantucket Public School's Cyrus Peirce Middle School must take Egan Maritime's Oceanography and Maritime Studies class. Taught by Amanda "Mandy" Bardsley, Ph.d., Nantucket's seafaring heritage is combined with maritime sciences to give students a science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) based curriculum that incorporates experiential learning opportunities into every unit.

Additionally, Dr. Bardsley works tirelessly to collaborate with local maritime tradesmen, stakeholders, and leaders to further connect the 8th grade students with their coastal community. During the school year students will learn boat building techniques from local builders such as Eric Finger; meet the island's active Coast Guard officers while touring Station Brant Point; discover the science of breeding shell fish from the Town of Nantucket's Natural Resources Department's Shellfish Hatchery; or visit with the Town's Harbor Master and tour one of the island's marinas.

School Collaborations

June 2017 Tall Ship Field Trip 3

Egan Maritime partners with the private schools on the island to offer semester-based maritime programming to local youth. Incorporating science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) each program is designed to give students an experience-based learning opportunity that connects youth to their coastal community. In addition to classroom time, on the water experiences aboard a Tall Ship are incorporated into each school program.

From one of our education partners:

As an educator, a maritime enthusiast and teacher (and student) of Viking culture I was only too excited to venture on board the deck of the Schooner Thomas E. Lannon with my third-grade class. One of the highlights of our Viking unit study this year was exploration. With Egan Maritime Institute leading our tour, we were presented with an in-depth talk of Viking culture. Not only did Egan's educator's wealth of knowledge enrich the experience, but they brought along a treasure trove of swords, axes and musical instruments. To further enhance the experience, they invited us to bring along the Viking shields my students worked so laboriously to craft. Attention was rapt as this merry band of Vikings listened enthralled to tales of battles at sea and longship history. We even sang traditional sea shanties and made up a few of our own. It was an experience they nor I will ever forget and look forward to the possibility of setting sail next year for another memorable adventure. I’ve included a picture of our pillage. What an epic day on the water. Thank you for making all of this possible for the children of Nantucket. Mike Pasch, Third Grade Teacher, Nantucket Lighthouse School.

Student Mariner Sails

This short film was made possible thanks to the generous support of Ritchie, Westray, and Katie Battle.

Starting in 2014, every summer Egan Maritime provides opportunities for local youth to sail aboard a Tall Ship for three or seven day expeditions to learn the ropes and find confidence at sea. These youth earn the title of Student Mariner after their return.

More than fifty island youth have sailed aboard Tall Ships for weekend or overnight sails as Student Mariners, and these sails have greatly impacted their futures. As of June 2018, six Student Mariners who have graduated from Nantucket High School have gone on to maritime institutions and academies, and they all attribute their choice of education and career paths to Lynx and their Student Mariner experiences.

In the fall of 2018, two more Student Mariners will begin their studies at Northeast Maritime Institute in Fairhaven, MA; this will make a total of eight of the fifty-nine who have participated in a Student Mariner sail currently enrolled in maritime institutions. If you had told Egan Mariitme this outcome back in 2014, we might not have believed you. But with the vision and dedication of Egan's leadership and supporters, we have exceeded every expectation we had for our maritime education program, Sea of Opportunities. Indeed, it is starting to feel like an ocean of opportunities, and we are just getting started.

Class of 2014
  • Paige Decker
  • Lee Geddes
  • Matt Finlay
  • Chloe Plank
Class of 2015
  • Ethan Araujo
  • Nick Araujo
  • Sophie Kuhl
  • Fernando Young
Class of 2016
  • John Beattie
  • Kirra Bruce
  • Emma Chambers
  • Kalina Cruz
  • Tori Dixson
  • Matthew Dougan
  • Will Daffin
  • Alex Gibson
  • Sophie Kuhl
  • Trevor MacEachren
  • Megan Marks
  • Amelia Matson
  • Karen Murtagh
  • Phaedra Plank
  • Cody Proch
  • Trent Valero
Class of 2017
  • Tyler Anderson
  • Carlos Ardon
  • Samir Banjara
  • Justin Beal
  • Grant Beebe
  • Moanna Blaksteen
  • Ericson Bonilla
  • Tadhg Cawley
  • Cameron Christie
  • Kassandra Delgado
  • Bishaka Dhamala
  • Grace Hood
  • Brianna Falconer
  • Joan Guzman
  • Finnuala Klawetter
  • Julia Kuslyte
  • Daniel Murphy
  • Amanda Nazareth
  • Marta Saravia
  • Elena Tittle
  • Faedra Wheeler
  • Adelaide Wilson
Class of 2018
  • Danielly Alves AraÚjo
  • Tadhg Cawley
  • Cameron Christy
  • Elliott Corry
  • Macy Crowell
  • Marcanthony Edwards
  • Camden Faust
  • Kimla Francis
  • Camden Knapp
  • Erin McCormack
  • Daniel Murphy
  • Cate Oberly
  • Garner Ray

Community Outreach


Youth Outreach

Egan Maritime collaborates with the Boys & Girls Club and Strong Wings Adventure Camp to provide on-the-water experiences in a restored Monomoy-style surfboat. These collaborative camp programs are offered with no cost to the partnering organizations.

During their week with Egan Maritime youth may tour the United States Coast Guard Station Brant Point to learn about modern lifesaving practices and equipment; experience the laborious work and service of a Nantucket lifesaver and surfman through hands-on learning and maneuvering the surfboat; and experience the thrill of the water jumping from the surfboat and swimming in Nantucket's harbor.

Public Outreach

Throughout the summer season Egan Maritime works to provide a splashy variety of family-friendly programs and unique opportunities to dive into the island's seafaring stories. From daily sails aboard Tall Ship Lynx to enchanting family programs, there are memorable experiences for all ages to enjoy by land and by sea.

Tall Ship Partners

Egan Maritime partners with Tall Ships from all over New England to bring on-the-water classroom time and experiences to Nantucket youth. Local students experience a sea-change when aboard these enchanting vessels, and Egan Maritime is proud to collaborate with them.

Tall Ship Lynx

Tall Ship Fritha

Schooner Thomas E. Lannon

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