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Matt Twomey '79
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When did you sail aboard Tabor Boy?
1977 - 1979
How many years did you sail aboard Tabor Boy?
Were you a member of the Schooner Crew?
Were you an Officer?
If yes, please provide position (s) and years(s)
Commissary Officer 1978-79
Did you make any extended voyages? (i.e. Caribbean, Bermuda, etc.)
Did you participate in "Orientation at Sea" program for new students?
Tabor graduation year:
College attended and year graduated:
Bates College BA Economics 1983
Do you currently work in the maritime field?
Current Occupation:
Military Sealift Command, Civilian Mariner
Last time you sailed on Tabor Boy?
June 2004
Do you own currently own a boat?
Favorite Tabor Boy moment
Skeleton Crew delivery from Nantucket to Marion, on a blustery Monday in Mid-November 1978. This was a school day, where non-essential personnel were sent back to class after enjoying a Father-Son weekend Cruise out on to the Island. As I remember it, most of our Dad's left Sunday Night by ferry or plane to return to work.

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Thoughts on Sail Training, and US maritime influences on Commercial Trade


This might be an appropriate time to bang out an essay describing some of the inter-related disciplines that connect many of our students with the following organizations and professions: Tabor Academy students may not always be aware of the value of attending a United States Naval Honor School, but if they become associated with, or enamored with The American Sail Training Association, and / or The…


Posted on April 26, 2007 at 8:08pm — 3 Comments

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At 4:06pm on February 5, 2011, James Hutton said…
Hey Matt, how the hell are you?
At 4:29pm on May 21, 2009, Peter A. Mello said…
Hope you have a Boat Rockin' Berthday!!!
At 12:43am on March 9, 2009, Matt Twomey '79 said…
Roger that: I am ready to depart Camel Country and get home for a visit.
At 6:27pm on March 8, 2009, James Hutton said…
There has been some good interest in our 30th from our shipmates. I just got off the horn with Alec Willeson who will be trying his best to make it.
Remember, "one hand for the ship and one hand for yourself"
At 1:12pm on April 24, 2007, Peter A. Mello said…
Hey guys,
Interesting chatter. I just posted a discussion topic in the forum entitled "What is sail training?" Check it out and mix it up!
At 9:07am on April 24, 2007, Matt Twomey '79 said…
Yes. The challenge out here is to draw people into a sense of appreciation and fufillment reagarding any job that needs to be done. I am constantly trying new techniques, to polish my leadership abilities. Sometimes, I will meet a hard-core group that is horrified that people can "Jump in" to get a job done. It is a good experience for young people who have never worked before, or who have never considered personally accepting responsibility for their own safety, or for the safety of others. So, in a sense, I am doing the exact same sort of pass-down training today, that you have written about in your Tabor Boy blogs, referring to the way we trained and executed 30 years ago.
At 8:32am on April 24, 2007, James Hutton said…
What I have found that differs so from sailing on a merchant ship and sailing on a sail ship is that there when there is a job to be done; everybody jumps in on a sail ship. There is no, "Not my yob" attitude. You look after your shipmates!



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