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A True Rite of Passage

What exactly is a true Rite of Passage?  You’ve undoubtedly heard of, if not already had a traditional opportunity as a young person.  An experience that is both challenging and rewarding upon successful completion of all the required obligations.  IE: Getting a driver’s license, graduating high school, or landing a first job.  These are all normal achievements routinely accomplished under tried and true conditions and considered a typical American youth rite of passage.  

The opportunity to have an experience that is in no way ordinary or traditional for most young people is the True Rite of Passage that we are promoting.  This experience is in every way imaginable a challenging personal commitment and a physically exhausting undertaking. You have to persevere through ever-changing environmental extremes for days, weeks, and sometimes months on end.  You won’t always be in sight of land and you will remember that part as being unnerving and a little scary.  When the voyage is done, you will likely reflect that not seeing land had actually become an exciting and enjoyable aspect of your journey.

What do we call a sailor who has had this experience and thrived in such a massive way that their ship and their shipmates were better for it?  A Marinero. Although this is the masculine term for the Spanish Navy sailors known for being selfless heroes in the face of adversity, in our modern-day American sail training fleet of tall ships, the term has been adopted as a nod to accomplishment within our tribe of female and male sailors. Shipmates will never forget what it is to stand a watch with a Marinero.

Shipmates have a deep trust in each other, as an equal part of the ship’s crew.  As a critical link in the chain needed to get the ship to the end destination safely and efficiently.  When your shipmates bear witness to the way you muster the strength from inner resources they had not thought possible, this is one aspect of a Marinero Sailor in the making.  A sailor without regard for his own comfort or wants and needs, but for the greater good of safe and productive passage making the ship, and her shipmates are first before herself/himself.

Being a young person trying to find your way in an oftentimes confusing world, discovering your inner strength, staying true to that which is your core- is often hard to manage.  If you know the futility of finding meaning in or a sense of purpose for your projected path in life or if you know someone who would benefit by rising to the challenges of an untamed adventure please send them a link:

Marinero Fund Scholarship Application

Embarking on A Rite of Passage, in the company of your shipmates, who are now your trusted family and you theirs, you will discover what it is like to actually Get Life Underway.


The Sailing

Sail aboard a a Barque, Brig or Schooner, overcome adversity with shipmates who will have your back. The sailor’s mantra, Ship, Shipmate, Self is one of the many character-building ways aboard an epic voyage that turns ordinary men and women into modern-day Marineros.


Depending on the vessel and program assignment, embarking on an ocean going passage in the Spring typically would be from New England ports in early April or possibly May.  A Fall passage would likely depart from a Caribbean port and head East through the Gulf Stream. 

How to Apply

You can apply for the voyage here: Application Form

Scholarship Fund

In honor of Captain Bert Rogers, this is the first scholarship fund being offered by Captain’s Legacy Society. Thank you to our donors for your generous support honoring Bert’s life long mission of connecting sailors to the sea.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need experience to sail on a Voyage?

No, you do not need any sailing experience at all. In fact having no offshore experience is preferable. As long as you are willing to work as a team member while rising to the challenges of an ocean adventure.

What ship and itinerary can the Marinero Fund Scholarship be applied to?

The short answer is the Captain’s Legacy Society Board of Directors will have the sole responsibility of assigning the vessel and the itinerary to a qualified recipient. The ship must be a current Tall Ships America member vessel. The vessel must have a current Certificate of Inspection (COI) from the governing Country of the ships’ flag. The Marinero Fund is specific to honor Bert Rogers. His family and the Board of Directors of The Captain’s Legacy Society have created guidelines which the itinerary should reflect. Typically, any green sailor who has never been on a sea going voyage but is capable of rising to the minimum challenge of a six week voyage. Voyage preference is given in consideration of an itinerary which offers at least 2 weeks at sea prior to making any landfall or mooring. This is to promote the way of the ship embarked on a wholesome rite of passage fostering community of committed selfless shipmates. This honors the memory of Captain Bert Rogers.

How do I know if I qualify for the Marinero Fund Scholarship?

Simply email the answers to the questions found under the How to Apply button. We will send you a short application. It’s that easy.