Trainee Testimonials 



“The crew was incredible and inspiring. We created a strong bond with them and they taught us so much besides sailing including life lessons…we miss the crew very much!”

Jamin Importante, More Than Words Group


“I wasn't 100% sure about what I was going to be doing in a ship for 3 days but now it’s all clear to me. I learned what life at sea is like and what you have to do in order to be safe in a ship. It was all fun even though we weren't all ready for the hard work. The crew members were always there to help us.”

Daniela De La Cruz, Providence Group


“They exceeded my expectations tremendously…I hope that others that attend OHP will enjoy it as much as I did”

Elvis Sanchez, Providence Group


“I learned how important it is to try new things even if aspects of it sound uncomfortable because that is how you find out what things you like in life. I obviously learned a ton about sailing…& I’ll take these things back to school in the aspect that I’ll try to see what marine things my school has to offer and always be on the lookout for another opportunity like this.”

Stephanie Kellerman, Portsmouth Group


“Some of the best people I've met in my life, the trip made me want to do things like this more and maybe even consider doing it after high school”

Stephanie Kellerman, Portsmouth Group


“I loved how fun the crew was and the experience was one I will never forget. Best time ever.”

Rebecca Downs-Honey, Portsmouth Group


"I will never forget my time aboard the Oliver Hazard Perry. From the moment I stepped on the ship, everyone was incredibly nice, crew and trainees. I made friends faster than ever before, while cooperating to identify various lines of the ship. After only a few days these people feel like as though I’ve known them for years. Hauling the lines became more and more rough on my hands as the days moved on, but I couldn't care less as long as I was singing shanties alongside crew member Jake and my new friends. Waking up for an hour each night to check the boat was a hard transition, But it was more than worth it to see the beautiful stars untouched by the city lights. One night, I looked off the bow and was thrilled to see hundreds of bioluminescent squid, darting every which way in a dazzling display of light. Matt even managed to direct them in a circle with his flashlight. I couldn’t have been happier. What I didn't expect to appreciate half as much as much as did, was how much of a crew member I was treated as. Working with our talented cook Andy was as great, he would joke and sing and make even the most boring jobs like washing dishes exciting. I'll miss his vegetable lasagna. One of the greatest privileges of being on that boat was steering. Helm in hands and eyes on the horizon, I had felt a greater sense of responsibility than ever before, and I loved it. It took me longer than I would have liked to get used to repeating my orders back to the captain, but once I had, I could accommodate for wind and current and make sure that we were sailing in the right direction. Standing on the quarterdeck, watching whales from afar and the sails held taught by the wind made me wish that week would last forever. Thank you so much for this life changing experience!"

Luca Germon, Summer 2016


This is my son's 4th trip with you guys (his first one was on Mystic). He is hooked and LOVES it. He said this trip to Cuba trip was his favorite so far. The experience, confidence and memories are invaluable. He wants to take it to the next level and start working on boats.

Jane Laird, Parent of trainee



“I’m a believer! If you really want to get into sailing or have any kind of interest in the sea, this is the place to be! The crew was outstanding, and they did a very good job of teaching us the mechanics of sailing. They also taught us a lot about teamwork -- how in the Navy, like here, a large vessel would take dozens of people to make sure everything is done correctly.”

Midshipman Candidate Jordan McDaniel (East Chicago, Ill.)


“A lot of these folks didn’t know what they were getting into, but all the responses I’ve received from this first group so far have been very positive, and we have the next group of 28 people even more excited about going on the trip.  This is a first-year partnership with OHPRI, and we hope it’s a partnership that we can keep going.  It gives our Midshipman candidates a taste of the sea that we can’t give them with our current resources, so it has a lot of potential. It’s a little bit of a wake-up call, a reality check; it gets them excited about being a navy sailor.

Mike Doherty, NAPS Commanding Officer

Photo credit: Mark Russell

Photo credit: Mark Russell


Adult trainee feedback

We loved our experience on the beautiful Oliver Hazard Perry! We enjoyed and greatly appreciated the crew, trainees and other adults so very much. The food was good and our en-suite stateroom was lovely. We all loved the day touring Havana. I had terrific conversations with 4 artists and craftspeople at the large mercado. The guide, colorful 1950's cars and old architecture were super. We learned a lot, one step at a time with your patient and supportive staff. Please keep us posted on future trips as we would love to do another one before long.

Diana Loomis, Cuba voyage 2017


We are BACK in FL from our magnificent adventure to Cuba on the OHP. David was a great captain, the crew were all magnificent, the voyage was exciting, the trainees were all an enthusiastic group, and getting to Cuba was a dream fulfilled.  We are bigger fans of the OHP than ever!

Gretchen Bloom, Cuba voyage 2017


Just returned from the Cuba trip, and I can't gush enough about what a first-class operation you have going. Ship is a marvel, and the crew so professional, amiable and helpful. Air-conditioning, ice machine, dishwasher, synthetic ropes you don't need to sweat, top-of-the-line navigation equipment, pervasive sense of safety. it is just a beautiful ship, and I was very proud to be a part of it.
John White, Cuba voyage 2017

It was a great privilege for me to have been on board even for a passage of only six days. Captain Dawes has complete and full command of the ship and her really wonderful crew, always available and often on deck.  Chris Parker's meterology course, which I took, was very enlightening and extremely well taught. With my copy of his textbook, which he gave to each one of us, I will have a good deal of pleasant studying to do this year. Why I had not taken a weather course before, I can't explain; but this one more than made up for my near life-long neglect. And the Great Cabin is a perfect classroom for this sort of thing.

George Rockwood, Adult trainee Ft Lauderdale to Bermuda, 2017

I had a wonderful  trip and am looking forward to sailing with OHP again. The celestial navigation course was just what I was looking for: a combination of theoretical and practical approaches.  Carl is a superb teacher.

Tim Greening, Bermuda to Newport 2017