Mr. Nelson replied to my E-mail!
Thanks for the note. I spent many years sailing professionally and loved it. I assume you got my e-mail from my web site, www.jameslnelson.com, so you probably saw the pictures from the sialing days.
There are actually a lot of oppurtunites to sail on big sailing ships, either as a trainee or as a professional sailor. A lot of people start with no experience, just interest and enthusiasm. You should check out the web site of the American Sail Training Association, http://tallships.sailtraining.org/. They are the parent organization for all of the big sailing ships in the country. If you click on Billet Bank you can see a listing of the types of jobs that are available. Of course you generally have to be 18 or older to get those jobs, but you might think about sailing as a trainee, and then when you were a little older you would have the experience to get a paying position.
Hope this is helpful. If I can hepl with anything else, let me know.
Jim NelsonI sent him a message, which was: Dear Mr. Nelson, I'm a Maine local, and this evening I saw an interview with you on , I believe, WCSH6. I'm very facinated in Naval history as well, and am also a fan of Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin series (however, I'm still working on the first book). It sounds like you've enjoyed your sailing experience. I was wondering if you had any information or advice to pass on to another curious want-to-be sailor. The books you have written sound very interesting, and I am looking forward to reading them. Thank you very much! Sincerely, MandCPhreak, 15 Scarborough