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Don't call it a Comeback: After 18 months, we sail again!



Chief Mate "Tripp"

Well, for me, I never realized how big a part of my life sailing was until I wasn't surrounded by it all the time. I grew up a stone's throw from Newport RI, self-styled capitol of the (yachting) universe and spent plenty of time on boats but never even considered working on them until I moved to Vermont and tried working in an office.

In a matter of months I was a deckhand working on a friendship sloop (a Maine expat!) on Lake Champlain and from there I quickly moved on to big traditional sailing ships. The people were interesting and I loved being part of a team and moving around big heavy pieces - sails, spars, anchors. No surprise I eventually ended up on the schooner with the biggest team and the biggest pieces

When I'm not getting paid to sail I spend money on to sail my own boat! If it seems silly then you're thinking too hard about it... I bought a 28' sailboat in Florida and sailed it solo from there to RI during the height of covid. Feeling much like Kevin Costner in the movie Water World by the end of that trip.

I try to cultivate non-sailing hobbies to limited success. They include crossword puzzles, drinking coffee and writing things that no one but me will ever read.

Where you can find me on the Chimes: if I'm not calling sail or back aft with the captain I'm probably fixing something, check the bilges.

Second Mate: James Rogers

Growing up sailing is easy when you live on Narragansett Bay. Of course it doesn't hurt when your parents are tall ship sailors themselves. From Opties and Herreshoff sloops to big wooden schooners, most of my earliest memories are under sail. I'll never forget being Seven years old and sea sick for the first (and last) time on the schooner Harvey Gamage sailing out of Boston.

By the time I was in high school I'd sailed as a trainee and volunteered on a multitude of different sailing vessels, both schooner and square-rigged. I actually graduated early to join a square rigger, the barque Picton Castle, bound around the world. I stayed with that ship for nearly two years. It was there on that hot deck under a cloudless sky, staring at an unfathomably deep blue ocean, that I came to realize that was where I was meant to be.

On the Chimes, if I'm not handling sail or working in the rigging, chances are I'm running the Yawl Boat, keeping her fueled and in good shape in case we need that extra push

Kate Fournier: Deckhand

Hello there! My name is Kate Fournier, and I am here on VICTORY CHIMES as a deckhand for the 2021 season.

I was born in Stuttgart, Germany, and grew up in the UK and moving around the United States. I’ve not been to school - ever -I was taught at home. Growing up I liked climbing trees, ripping around via unicycle,and playing sandlot baseball. I read Braille, and took fencing for 3 years.

I started sailing 6 years ago, and have since sailed the east coast,west coast, Gulf coast and Great Lakes on several tall ships. Sometime I’d like to cross an ocean, or go around the world, perhaps.

Besides sailing, I enjoy writing and receiving letters, playing banjo to myself, drawing, cooking for others, knitting and reading - my favorite subjects being steam trains and traditional logging in the Pacific Northwest. I like small trucks, small rowboats, and big dogs. I have an appreciation for the things of by-gone days, and have been described as “the youngest old person you’ll ever meet.”

And, while I enjoy sailing and certainly intend to continue doing so throughout my life, ultimately I should like to build myself a little tin-roofed house and finally open up my dinor - “Kate’s Greasy Spoon,” it’s called - I love to talk about it to just about anyone who’ll listen. It’s going to be a cash-only, real friendly kind of establishment - maybe I’ll see you there.

"Hudson": Deckhand

Hudson always had a love for the water. He grew up about 20 minutes away from the Hudson River, in the Hudson River valley in New York. Whether it was family vacations camping near the ocean or swimming in the lake in his back yard, he always was around water.

In high school he had a lot of interest in marine biology so he decided to find a school that had a great marine bio program. That’s when he found Eckerd college in St. Pete Florida. He applied and got in, eventually changing his major and graduating with a degree in environmental studies.

Eckerd is really where he got his start in the maritime industry. While at Eckerd he became a member of the schools maritime search and rescue team. Part of the training was learning how to sail. Over a two day, crash course, he learned the basics but was left with wanting to learn more. He was taught to think that sailors were weird and had weird names for things (all true by the way).

After graduating from school he lived in Florida for another 2 years, but decided to leave because all his job prospects were drying up.

After moving back in with his parents for a few months he decided to try and find a job on a sail boat. So he started looking around and found a schooner out of bivalve New Jersey, the AJ Meerwald, and sent in his resume. About a week later he got the job. He’s been sailing ever since.

He’s been sailing professionally since 2016. He has sailed all up and down the east coast of the states and the Great Lakes. He’s sailed as far north as port hawksberry, Nova Scotia, as far south as Cartagena Columbia, and as Far East as the Netherlands.

Eva Keyes: Deckhand

I was introduced to sailing a bit later in life. I grew up swimming and going to the beach in the summer but I was exposed to sailing when I participated in a SEA Semester on the Robert C Seamans. I had had never spent more than an afternoon on the water but I soon discovered that sailing was something I loved.

After SEA I went back to regular school at Eckerd College for environmental studies and coastal management. Half way through the semester COVID came along and everything switched to online. I quickly learned that online classes were not for me, but I finished the semester. And that summer I joined the schooner Harvey Gamage as a deckhand and that is where I stayed for almost a year. I did a yard period and two semester program as a teacher, deckhand, and eventually third mate.

When I’m off the ship I go to school (when it’s not online) hike, and go sailing on smaller vessels as much as possible.

Cameo Crew:

There are folks that come to help for a weekend or a few weeks, but not long enough to submit a bio. If you see a picture of someone not listed above, that's them! This year we had Gabe, Shanan, Sherman & Yoko just to name a few.



Chef Adam

As the captain will seldom say, you don’t choose to work on this vessel; the vessel, in fact, chooses you.

That’s exactly how this life started for me. As a Sous chef I was surrounded by thick steam and loud well-dressed patrons enjoying a sleek meal in a fancy open kitchen dining room. I'd try to catch my breathe to escape the weekend chaos by staring through the large elongated windows that overlooked the Woodshole port.

I was working at a local restaurant surrounded by what seemed to be a playground for scientist fisherman and hippies. The only commonality these people had with each other were there opinions about berkenstocks, the presidency, and beer, but like the '95 bulls, they too had a hard time seeing eye to eye.

There I was caught in the smack dab middle of this melting pot of culture. A wanderer with a light pack. enough money to see through the month and a plan that could barely stretch to my next day off, if I was lucky enough to have one. I, 26 and entranced by the blood sweat and tears that some call “culinary arts.”

Now you're probably wondering how one gets by with such little effort to care of existence, but it’s easy. I was dominated by fear, fear of success. Romantically involved with being momentarily content, and sacrificially drowned by the excitement of that one thing we know all too well, that night on the town.

That special time when you just let it all go.

Mostly what I was doing though was waiting. Waiting for the right opportunity to arise so I could leave what little I had behind and never look back.

That’s exactly what happened one night I stumbled upon a schooner in that port that sat stoically at the foot of the restaurant. I simply sat next to that boat one night after work. Staring at it, imagining myself living and surviving, maybe even cooking upon such a beautiful vessel.

It would be my tour bus, my Route 66.

To me this ship was an existing theme I could look at everyday and remind myself where I wanted to go. It gave me hope.

Finally one day, when I had moved into a new place, the women that rented to me granted me the key to this manifestation and asked me if I wanted to work on that boat. She’s been working with the company for years. I packed up the little that I had and embarked on a journey with no destination. I started cooking for little hippies and soon to be scientists and simply worked on my craft while we sailed systematically from one port to the next, ultimately making our way south.

To sum it up, I stumbled through the Caribbean, dreamt of opening a restaurant in Puerto Rico, and cooked for some of the finest corporate ho-haw jerks on the their yachts in Miami. It all led me to where I am today.

As I reluctantly write because I know I’ve already said too much I’m proud to say that, at the moment, this crew is my family, my recipes have never been more close to my heart and, for the moment I suppose, I’ll share them with you because the little time we have can go a long way.

Katie Christianson: Sous Chef

I have always moved through the world working with my hands. From carpentry and wood working, to creating art, cooking, and sailing.

I grew up in the Pacific Northwest, constantly surrounded by water. I identified with the ocean, lakes, rivers, and little creeks all around me. I was constantly exploring and always searching for new adventures. However, It wasn’t until college that I finally found sailing. I spent 6 weeks on a tall ship in New Zealand and fell in love.

I started working on a tall ship based out of Cape Cod as a steward. As part of that community, we sailed the entire Eastern seaboard twice, Bermuda, the Bahamas, and around the Gulf of Mexico. And now I’m here as a galley hand/sous chef working with one of my best friends. I love cooking, and I consider it a gift to be able to bring people together everyday around the table.

When I’m not sailing, I’m looking for another boat to sail on. I love to read, write plays, and carve spoons. One day I hope to start an artist residency program onboard a sailboat for artists to come together and work on their craft, whatever it may be.

The first is always special and this group lived up to that with sailorly skill, chummy camaraderie and endearing silliness.


Chef Jeffery Miller

VICTORY CHIMES has an engine. Yes, the secret is out.

Below deck, in the galley, is what fills our trips with enjoyment as much as the wind fills our sails.

It is the cooking of our Chef, Chef Jeffery Miller.

He is always sailing or cooking and has lived on sailboats for the last 20 years. Being aboard VICTORY CHIMES allows him to be immersed in his two favorite passions: sailing and cooking.

He grew up in a home with a commercial stove; the house was literally built around it: a Garland, 8 burner commercial stove, so big that the walls couldn’t be put up until stove was installed.

His mother studied with Patricia Wells in Provence Italy and Jeff picked up the passion from his grandmother who has a widely known Appalachian culinary flair for simple brilliance, and a dramatic hospitality for things like a thanksgiving where each person was surprised with their favorite entree; each individually prepared for them.

In school, he worked in kitchens around marinas and he cooked his way through college, fully paying his tuition as he went.

He moved to Florida to up his Captain’s license by adding offshore time.


Chef proudly displays the handiwork of his birch bark Ram Schooner for the season's second Spaghetti Regatta. This is a crew sailing race of handmade "ships" built using only materials named by the winner of the previous race.

It barely makes sense, but it's taken very seriously and the first place award is found on island hikes from the week's trips.


He somehow - he has a thousand stories and so we’re only touching on the peaks of his anecdotal mountain range - ends up working shoulder to shoulder with a renowned Hungarian Chef - Lazlo Bevardi, who at 9 was chosen as the only person in the country allowed to cross to West Germany to attend a renowned culinary institute.

Under such tutelage he was taught traditional “homeland” techniques that push culinary field expedience to the McGyver extremes. Chef Miller can make anything with nothing and have you wanting seconds.

We were lucky to have him and share his creations.

Nicole Morse: Galleyhand

Nicole’s history with the ‘Chimes is more than most peoples. Her great grandfather, Fredrick Boyd Guild, owned and captained the Victory Chimes

and her aunt worked in the galley when she was in her early 20’s. This season, Nicole got to carry on the family tradition by being a galley hand with us.

She grew up sailing in Casco Bay, Maine and previously taught sailing in the Falmouth and Portland areas.

Nicole is currently studying at Maine Maritime Academy working on a dual major program in Marine Biology and Small Vessel Operations. She just finished her first year and will be heading back at the end of the summer for her sophomore year.

Her dad would come and visit his grandfather and would stay in the bunk not 6 ft from hers, all these years later.


Yoko Bowen: First Mate

When your parents start a marine science summer camp, you spend summers on Grand Manan Island in New Brunswick, you’re always around boats, you sail out to watch whales, and all your father’s friends are fisherman, you just might fall in love with the sea.

As straight a line as that may seem, Yoko’s path to the ‘Chimes is woven with adventure.

Those summers north, from her hometown in PA, knit that passion thread for the sea into her enough that she went to the College of the Atlantic with a focus on marine studies.

Her love of the outdoors had her not even bat an eye when the chance came up to live on one of the most remote islands of Maine, Mt. Desert. She was also stationed on Great Duck Island, researching the ecology of herring gulls that had her living intimately among them.

Ever since her first day at college though, her counselor had tried to convince Yoko to take a semester at sea versus so much time on land, collecting data. She eventually relented and took part In the Sea Education Association’s program (SEA). For her senior project she set to sea to collect data on plankton.

Victory chimes crew in smallboat

The crew looks adorkable in the knit caps Yoko made them. To fully appreciate the red caps, you'll have to watch the Bill Murray / Wes Anderson movie "Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou."


This was the pivotal experience that set Yoko on her course to us. At the end of her stint at sea, the moment she hit the dock, she realized that as much as collecting data put her intimate to the natural world she’d loved since childhood, the lengthy follow-up time spent analyzing data, would habitually keep her from it for much longer.

She changed course and a week later she was hired as educator on a boat called Quinnipiack. Two years later she found VICTORY CHIMES.

Within three years , she went from deckhand to first mate and is the first ever female to hold that position on this ship.

As much as she’s a brainy, brawny badass, Yoko is also an endearing goof. This season, the crew is all about the movie “A Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou,” so, of course she knit everyone red caps to wear, just like Bill Murray wears in the movie.

She brings a wonderful mix of command and camaraderie to the position of First Mate. Any ship would be lucky to have her; we’re proud she’s ours.

Sherman Brewer: Second Mate

The Brewer family has lived on the island of Southport since the 1600s, so Sherman’s love of the sea and nearly innate seamanship is nearly hereditary and seemingly inevitable.

A sailor since he was 9, working aboard ships at 15, his official training was at the Northeast Maritime institute in Fair Haven, MA which transitioned him from deckhand positions to ship’s officer.

When the opportunity to work on the ‘Chimes came up, he gladly took it. This is his second year and we hope just the beginning.

For a bio steeped in history and devotion, Sherm’s may seem aloof in its brevity, but such quiet humility is a Sherm trademark. Just beneath his taciturn reserve though, is a dry humor, simmering wit and beaming smile.

At his sail making workbench in Boothbay Harbor

He’s an old soul, conscious and quietly proud of his family’s long local, maritime history. Like the best sailors, he snaps to duty and awareness in an instant, doesn’t suffer fools well and is deeply knowledgeable of safety, process and teamwork.

A nod from Sherm' is as good as a cheer from most others. He wears his seamanship with reserve, but he’s a lovable, loyal and a darn fun complement to the long, proud history of our ship.

Rachel Borisko: Deckhand

Ever since she was a kid, Rachel would always rather be outside than in, even choosing hard work over easy comfort if it meant she could be in nature.

In high school she ran cross-country but switched from running to theater as a way to keep close to her friends after an injury.

The outdoors still called to her so, at school, she founded the Environmental Club; cleaning local beaches and school property, encouraging recycling and generally helping to raise awareness of caring for the environment.

Her love of the outdoors and care for the environment led her to Marine Biology. Thinking that MB’s tend to be on boats, she opted for Maine Maritime Academy’s 5 yr program with combined studies of Marine Bio and Small Vessel Operations.

While there, she volunteered on daysails aboard the arctic Schooner, Bowdoin. She’d never been sailing, but after that, she tried to get aboard whenever possible.

The next summer, she crewed on Schooner Adventure, visiting ports from Boston to Boothbay. At MMA, she also founded another club, the Adventure Club whose mission is to encourage and help people explore the outdoors through hiking, whitewater rafting, kayaking and whatever else folks are up for trying.

Her time aboard the ‘Chimes combines all of her interests into a focal point that also continues her studies. The longer trips that we go on, versus simple daysails allow her to work outside, learn the workings of a unique ship and foster in others the joy she’s found in embracing and caring for all things outdoors and nature.

Wilson McKay: Deckhand

indisputable charm is as much from his sailing competence as his constant willingness to dance at a moment’s notice.

He’s been sailing since he was 7, out of the Rockport Boat Club, which led him to share back the gold of his experience as a sailing instructor there for 5 years, teaching 8 - 16 year olds the fundamentals of sailing.

He attended ME maritime academy for a 2 yr associates degree in small vessel operation and chose the 'Chimes as first choice because of its size and unique rigging.

As for his dancing, which you know you’re curious about; he did theater in High School and never lost his flair for the theatrical or his willingness to selflessly step into the spotlight.

If there’s a festival in town, or a good band playing, he’ll be in that no man’s land between the band and the crowd, along with the always few devoted others, freely dancing and showing us all how to have a good time.

Nicole Close: Deck Apprentice