Sea of Opportunities

Our Impact

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August 2018, youth enjoy a hands-on sail aboard Tall Ship Lynx.

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.

By the Numbers (as of September 23, 2019)
  • 4,833 - Youth Interactions and Counting
  • 1,719 - Classroom Students
  • 2,470 - Tall Ship Field Trip Students
  • 573 - Summer Surfboat Particpants
  • 71 - Student Mariners

Recently On Deck

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For current updates from our Sea of Opportunities classrooms at all island schools, out at the Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum, or aboard our Tall Ship partners click here.


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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 participates in our core class, Oceanography and Maritime Studies. 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

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Middle School students from the Nantucket Lighthouse School visit the Museum, January 2019

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.

Egan's Manager of Maritime Education, Evan Schwanfelder, works with both the Nantucket Lighthouse School and the Nantucket New School, implementing and teaching a STEM curriculum as well as inundating the predominately science-based lessons with Nantucket history. After a day at the Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum with the Lighthouse School middle school, the Assistant Director of Middle School Programs and 5th grade teacher, Mary Ann Bartlett, thanked Evan for the wonderful afternoon. She said:

We can't thank you enough for hosting our Middle School today at the Life-Saving Museum. The lesson on Polynesian Stick Maps was perfect! And, so well set up! We will have a lot to talk about in the next few days and weeks to come as our students digest all the information and make those connections to our ancient civilizations and explorers curriculum.

We really appreciated your upbeat, organized and engaging presentation, the student project, and all the preparation that went into it.

We look forward to working with you again sometime in the future Evan. For now, please know that the afternoon was really appreciated by everyone at the Nantucket Lighthouse School Middle 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, one more Student Mariner will begin their studies at Northeast Maritime Institute in Fairhaven, MA; this will make a total of seven students thus far that have enrolled in a maritime institution due to the influence of Egan Maritime's programming. If you had told Egan Maritime 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 Christie
  • Elliott Corry
  • Macy Crowell
  • Marcanthony Edwards
  • Camden Faust
  • Kimla Francis
  • Camden Knapp
  • Erin McCormack
  • Daniel Murphy
  • Cate Oberly
  • Garner Ray
Class of 2019
  • Morgan Ashelford
  • Sam Cristler
  • Eli Fuller
  • Quinn Keating
  • Colin Lynch
  • Abby Mason
  • Erin McCormack
  • Sean Murphy
  • Aiden Ranney
  • Garner Ray
  • Justin Roethke
  • Ella Scott

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.

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"Went for a sail on the Lynx today, it was an incredible experience. Thank you Egan Maritime!" - Roberta S., August 2018

Throughout July and August in 2019, Egan Maritime will be hosting curated sails aboard Tall Ship Lynx. For a complete list of sail offerings, see below, or click here for a calendar-view of all Egan Maritime sails, programs, and events.

If you would like to book a daily sail or sunset sail with Tall Ship Lynx, click here.

2019 Egan Maritime Sails Aboard Tall Ship Lynx

Friday, July 19: Pirates & Mermaids with Nanpuppets

Join Egan Maritime and Nanpuppets aboard Tall Ship Lynx for an enchanting morning sail with Nantucket's favorite puppets. Click here to learn more and purchase tickets.

Friday, July 26: Nantucket Sounds: Music with Susan Berman & Ray Saunders

Join local singer and songwriter Susan Berman and her partner Ray Saunders for an unforgettable sunset cruise. Click here to learn more and purchase tickets.

Friday, August 9: Pirates & Mermaids with Nanpuppets

Join Egan Maritime and Nanpuppets aboard Tall Ship Lynx for an enchanting morning sail with Nantucket's favorite puppets. Click here to learn more and purchase tickets.

Friday, August 16: Nantucket Sounds: American Troubadour Bill Schustik

Join Egan Maritime aboard Tall Ship Lynx with renowned troubadour Bill Schustik for an evening of traditional folk music and beautiful Nantucket sunset views. Click here to learn more and purchase tickets.

Friday, August 23: Nantucket Sounds: Music with Susan Berman & Ray Saunders

Join local singer and songwriter Susan Berman and her partner Ray Saunders for an unforgettable sunset cruise. Click here to learn more and purchase tickets.


Since 2012, Egan Maritime Institute partners with Tall Ship Lynx annually to provide on-the-water experiential learning opportunities to island students at Nantucket's public and private schools. To learn more about this effort, please click here.

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Egan Maritime partners with Tall Ship Lynx each year to bring on-the-water experiences to Nantucket students, as well as public programs during the summer season to island visitors and residents.

The Tall Ship Lynx is an educational sailing vessel dedicated to hands-on educational programs that teach the history of America’s struggle to preserve its independence, with close attention to the maritime challenges during the War of 1812. The replica Privateer Schooner employs a comprehensive, interactive program designed to enrich personal achievement through teamwork and the discipline of sailing.

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Lynx is an interpretation of an actual privateer, Lynx, built by Thomas Kemp in 1812 in Fell’s Point, Maryland. The original Lynx was among the first ships to defend American freedom; she evaded the British naval fleet, which was blockading American ports at the time, and served in the important privateering efforts. At the outbreak of the War of 1812, the American Navy consisted of only 17 ships – eight frigates, two brigs, and seven assorted smaller vessels including a few schooners which where in service during the Barbary Wars. When a nation went to war, owners of private vessels were granted special permissions, called “letters of marque,” to prey upon the enemy’s ships; earning the title of “privateers.” While rarely engaging enemy warships, the impact of privateers was felt by English merchants who insisted on warship escorts for their vessels.

In order to perform their duty as an escort, warships were drawn away from engaging the scant American Navy and blockading our coast, and thus the privateers, motivated by profit, assisted in our national defense. Privateers were so effective at running the British blockade and harassing the British merchant fleet that the ship yards that built them, became primary targets for British revenge.

To learn more about Tall Ship Lynx click here.

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