Author Archives: Billy Sabatini

About Billy Sabatini

I am the Chief Mate of the US Brig Niagara. I've been sailing on Niagara since 2005 and have held the position of Third Mate, Second Mate, Engineer and now Chief Mate. I am also a graduate of Maine Maritime Academy and Tabor Academy and hold a 200 Near Coastal Master's License.

Second Mate/Engineer David Goldman

     Goldie is coming into his 5th season in Niagara. He started off as an Able Seaman in 2008 and 2009. He came back in 2011 as a mate and engineer. He also has worked 3 winters here at the … Continue reading

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The 2013 Seasonal Crew has Arrived!!

     The first day of the season was on March 14th.  7 of the 17 seasonal crew are now here to add to the 4 full-time members of the pro crew.  These 12 plus our numerous volunteers who come down everyday will be the … Continue reading

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2011 Winter Sail Training

2011 Niagara Winter Sail Training Syllabus and Schedule So the schedule and syllabus for this winter’s sail training is ready to go.  This is a great opportunity for everyone that stares at pictures of Niagara all over town thinking how much … Continue reading

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2011 Sailing Schedule

2011 Sailing Schedule Version 3-24-11 We have a schedule that we can publish for everyone!!!  The day sails are pretty much locked in so you can sign up for those whenever you would like.  The only changes that may be made would … Continue reading

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Sail Trainer of the Year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     Captain Wesley Heerssen has been awarded the American Sail Traning Association’s Sail Trainer of the Year Award.  This is a big deal.  Of all the tall ship sailors in the country ASTA has chosen Wes to be the best of … Continue reading

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The Winter Cover is On!!!

On Saturday about 50 people were on hand to finish building the winter cover framing and strech the canvas over it.  We ended the day with the canvas on and lights working inside.  Thank you to all the people who … Continue reading

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Long Time Coming!!

So it’s only been 5 month since I last posted an update here on our blog.  I apologize for that.  Conditions of the service is my only excuse.  It has been an excellent 5 months for us though.  We sailed 99 … Continue reading

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The Niagara College Consortium is underway – literally

Due to the wonders of modern technology we are able to connect all the readers of this blog to the nearly lost technology of sqaure rig seamanship.  We are currently sailing under all plain sail(jib, fore topmast staysail, maintopmast staysail, … Continue reading

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Real Men Sew and Knit!

Here you can see Dylan and Matt, 2 of our OS’s, sewing whippings into some new topsail braces. And here you can see Isaiah, an AB, and the new intern knitting a new headrig net.

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Niagara is in the Movies!!!!

Movie Filmed Onboard the Flagship Niagara to Premier Thursday, April 29 A fantastic sea adventure, a cautionary economic and environmental tale, and a mythic saga of man and nature “INTO THE DEEP: America, Whaling and the World” will premier April … Continue reading

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