Tall Ship Mystic helping OHPRIThe Board of Directors for Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island (OHPRI) has selected an alternative platform for its 2014 Education at Sea programs while construction of Rhode Island’s official Sailing Education Vessel, the 200-foot SSV Oliver Hazard Perry, is completed.

The 180-foot Mystic is carrying out OHPRI’s summer programs this season.   © Hank Waxman

The SV Mystic, a 180-foot USCG certified and inspected three-masted square topsail schooner, will carry out OHPRI’s schedule of teen summer camps and voyages for adults. More than 250 trainees will be hosted aboard the Mystic for OHPRI programs this summer. Built in 2007, Mystic is steel-hulled, has 45 berths, and will have as its master the captain of Oliver Hazard Perry, Richard Bailey.

“Our most recently published construction schedule had us completing SSV Oliver Hazard Perry this spring,” said OHPRI Chair Bart Dunbar. “However, a harsh winter, the inherent complexity of construction for this kind of a vessel, and the opportunities we’ve had for integrating improvement and upgrades in the ship’s design have put us behind schedule, enough that our most recent delays were looking to eat into the summer we had planned for our onboard education programs.”

The Perry’s six miles of rigging are currently being assembled in Portsmouth, RI by a team of 20 riggers. Its three masts, with the tallest more than 13 stories high, will carry 20 sails with 14,000 square feet of sail area. For more information on OHPRI’s 2014 summer sessions, visit ohpri.org or contact Jess Wurzbacher or Elise Huebner at 401-841-0080 or info@ohpri.org.

Kirsten Ferguson at Media Pro International contributed to this report.