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Local students ages 16-19 are being sought to serve as apprentice crew on a tall ship this summer.

The experience, July 29-Aug. 1, will be aboard the S/V Denis Sullivan, a 137-foot schooner based in Milwaukee. It is one of seven ships that will be part of the Tall Ships Challenge Aug. 1-4 in the Kenosha Harbor.

The city of Kenosha is partnering with the Kenosha Sailing Center and Yacht Club to put up to 20 students on board the Sullivan for a sail around Lake Michigan.

In between port stops in the Tall Ships Challenge, the Sullivan, Wisconsin’s state vessel, will go home to Milwaukee to pick up the students so they can arrive in Kenosha’s Parade of Sail on Aug. 1.

Students will learn firsthand what it is like to live and sail a ship which emulates life in the 1800s. Everyone maintains a ship watch, learns to hoist sails and helps in the galley.

Ship crew provides additional classes in navigation and astronomy.

While students will learn how a sailing ship works, learning to sail is considered a byproduct of the experience. Working together with other students and crew is meant to enhance leadership skills, promote teamwork and create a lifelong experience.

The fee to participate is $600. Some scholarships are available. Meals are included, and participants must provide their own transportation to and from the ship.

The application is available at www.kenoshatallships.com. For more information, email kenoshatallships@kenosha.org.

The ships taking part in the Tall Ships Challenge arrived in Toronto Thursday. Kenosha is one of 11 host ports in the series.

The tall ship rendezvous in Kenosha is made possible by a collaboration of Tall Ships America, a non-profit organization based in Newport, R.I., and port cities around the Great Lakes.

Tall Ships America organizes the Tall Ships Challenge annual series of tall ship races to celebrate maritime heritage and traditions.

In 2019, the tall ship races are officially sponsored by Erie Insurance of Erie, Pa.

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