“Shore support” is our term for the kind people in port who help us in our quest to spread the word, or help facilitate creature comforts for our hardworking crew. From things as simple as access to laundry facilities, to rides to the grocery store, to those saintly individuals who work for months in advance of our visit to help connect us with their community through distributing flyers and word of mouth– shore support is one of the best things you can do to help.
Here are some examples of great shore support:
- Offer a ride! We regularly need vehicles in port for grocery runs, laundry, visits to the marine supply store, etc. If you can offer a ride or have a vehicle you can loan, it is a great help.
- Spread the word. Tell your friends, neighbors, coworkers, and especially any teachers you know that the Lady Washington & Hawaiian Chieftain are coming. Any and all help with promotion is fantastic- if you can help us by posting flyers around town, please click on the links above for the poster advertising our visit to your community. Click to download a Two Weeks Before the Mast promo poster (PDF)- it will look great hanging up in your local library or coffee shop.
- Treats! Our crews love treats, especially locally-grown or farm bought fruit and vegetables, or check out our wishlist for regular household items we can always use. One person’s trash is a sailor’s treasure.
- Laundry access. Working with paint and pine tar, our clothes can get really dirty, really fast. If you can help us get to a laundromat or live close to where we’re docked and would like to volunteer your washer and dryer, we would love it.
For more information, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 360-532-8611. To sign up to our top secret shore support warriors email list, use the newsletter sign up box in the left hand column and check “shore support.”