Alix Thorne has been a member of Tall Ships America since 1985, and has served on the board since 1988. Alix came into sail training through work on the Elissa in Galveston beginning in 1984 and including sailing her longest voyage (4 months), from Texas to New York for the Statue of Liberty parade in 1986 and home via Bermuda. Ahe has been involved with the Harvey Gamage since 1992, which evolved into starting Ocean Classroom Foundation (officially founded in 1996). Ocean Classroom Foundations has progressed to owning 3 vessels – Harvey Gamage, Westward and Spirit of Massachusetts, sailing from Newfoundland to South America with over 2600 kids carried on board in 2006.
For several years, Alix worked as an AB and a mate on the “HMS” Rose for earning a 1600 T Near-coastal Mate and 100 T near-coastal Master license. Alix still sails every spring for the Elissa daysail series and in 2002, she was given the “Spirit of ELISSA” award in appreciation of her on-going support.
Since 2000, Alix has focused her time on being the President of Ocean Classroom, and serving on the boards of Mystic Seaport Museum and Tall Ships America. She lives in Camden, Maine in the winter and Islesboro, in the Penobscot Bay in the summer.