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Russell Melin 

Position: Deckhand 

Certifications: Able-Bodied Seaman , 100 Ton Inland Master

When did you first fall in love with sailing? The first time I raced in a sailing dinghy during college

What's the best part of your job? Working aloft, traveling to new places, and SAILING

Favorite place you've sailed to: Belfast, Maine

What's your definition of a salad: A conglomeration of distinct, naturally-occurring ingredients, loosely mixed in a bowl and often combined with a dressing or binding ingredient. 

More about Russ: 

A latecomer to sailing, Russell grew up around the water but did not hold his first jib sheet until college. There he found a passion for dinghy sailing and became heavily involved in the sailing club at Washington University in St. Louis, going on to compete in the ICSA national championships in 2015. After participating in a sail training program aboard the brig Lady Washington, he knew a life on the water was for him and has since served as a deckhand aboard a small cruise ship on the East Coast and as the engineer on a stern paddlewheeler on the Columbia River. Russell is excited to be working aboard Oliver Hazard Perry where his goal is to help further the legacy of American tall ship sailing through bettering himself as a traditional sailor, embracing the values of teamwork and seamanship, and sharing these traits and skills with all those who come aboard.