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of port visits and teen summer camps. Richard Bailey has also served as captain aboard the schooners Spirit of Massachusetts, Westward, and Harvey Gamage, and the three-masted barquentine Gaze/a Primeiro. (For more information on the ship and her upcoming season and programs, email: director@spiritofsc.com; www. sp iritofsc.org. Updates will be posted on the ship's Facebook and lnstagram pages .) . . . In April, the Norfolk City Council voted to approve a plan for the Nauticus Foundation to buy the schooner Virginia. Virginia will be docked next to the battleship Wisconsin and used for educational programming. Nauticus, an interac-

rive science and technology center that explores the naval, economic, and nautical power of the sea, is run by the city of Norfolk and supported by the non-profit Nauticus Foundation. It is home to USS Wisconsin and the Hampton Roads Naval Museum. Using a $ 1 million state grant to cover the purchase of the schooner and seed a fund for future maintenance and repairs, Nautilus plans to use Virginia as part of Sail Nauticus, a program that gives underprivileged children around Hampton Roads access to the water. A reproduction of the last all-sail vessel built for the Virginia Pilot Association, Virginia was built in Norfolk between 2002 and 2004, and sailed for the Virginia Maritime H eritage Foundation as an educational platform. She has sailed up and down the Atlantic coast, as well as to international destinations such as Trinidad, Bermuda, and Prince Edward Island. A reduction in state funding for the program made it increasingly di fiiic ult for the VMHF to meet operating ccosts, and the organization put the schmoner up for sale last year. (One Watersid:le Drive, Norfolk, Virginia; Ph. 757 664!-l 000; www.na uticus.org) ... 50

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