Sail Power Enhanced by Computer Power

Published by OHP Tall Ship on Tuesday, 4th March 2014 - 5:05PM


NEWPORT, R.I. (February 10, 2014) -- At a small gathering last week, Peter Conrad Tea, Business Development Manager of Intel Corporation (Santa Clara, CA), presented Jess Wurzbacher, Director of Operations and Education for Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island, and Richard Bailey, captain of the soon-to-be-sailing tall ship SSV Oliver Hazard Perry, a donation of eight Lenovo laptop computers to be used in educational programs aboard America’s newest and largest civilian sail training vessel.

“These computers, equipped with Intel(r) Core(tm) i7 and Intel(r) Solid-State Drives, are the most powerful available today,” Tea said. “They will help all students sailing aboard the ship as they study science and other disciplines taught aboard. They will allow state-of-the-art instruction for everyone aboard.”

Added Wurzbacher, “We can also use them to broaden the experience of our adult meteorology and navigation courses.  So much of a ship’s operations today are electronically based; even NOAA’s traditional paper nautical charts will soon no longer be available!”

When the Perry sails this summer, she will conduct several weeks of summer experiential education camps for middle school and high school students, and in September adult navigation and meteorology voyages between Newport, Bermuda and Portland will take place in partnership with Ocean Navigator magazine. Anyone interested in either the summer camp or adult programs should visit or contact Jess Wurzbacher at, +1 401-841-0800

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