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Dona Giglio joined Tall Ships America in 2016 as Membership Coordinator. She is a lifelong wooden boat enthusiast and a passionate New England sailor. Driven by intense desire to explore and encouraged by the gods of the seas, she combined her interest in traditional sailing with her passion for sub-tropical climates and purchased a small live aboard sailboat in Ventura, CA. She sailed down the coast, working in wooden boats, chandleries and marinas and becoming a self-taught mariner as a boat yard apprentice and small boat sailing instructor along the way. She soon began single handing HARMATTAN while exploring Coastal California from the Channel Islands to Guadalupe Isle, Baja Mexico. Dona began tall ship sailing and ocean voyaging when she joined the tall ship Californian as Steward. After nearly 10 years of tall ship sailing from West to East, in various deck capacities, Dona earned her 100T Master Mariner (sail and towing endorsed) license. While sailing aboard Spirit of Massachusetts she met her soul mate and future husband Bert, and they were married aboard the Schooner Harvey Gamage. Dona worked alongside Bert for nearly 10 years as Program Coordinator for the Ocean Classroom Foundation. They made their home back in coastal Rhode Island, sailing their Herreshoff Eagle on the waters of Narragansett Bay. During the interim between leaving Ocean Classroom to joining Tall Ships America, Dona enjoyed raising two children while accompanying Bert on many voyages.

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