By Carol McCracken
One of the more impressive sailboats to enter Portland Harbor this summer is the schooner Virginia. Last week this 126 ft. yacht arrived at Portland Yacht Services where it intends to remain – running its cruises from its docks.
According to deckhand Nate Killops, Portland, Oregon, the yacht runs “team-building” programs for young people. That includes learning seamanship skills and leadership skills as well. For adults, there is a guest crew program. These guests work alongside the professional crew to learn the art of sailing a tall ship. The Virginia sails year-round and goes south in the winter.
The Virginia is owned and operated by the Virginia Maritime Heritage Foundation, based in Norfolk. For more, please call (757) 622-7400 or visit www.SchoonerVirginia.org