Maritime World Expeditions wants you to experience first hand the joys and genius that are the world's traditional boats. Come join others in celebrating these wonderful designs and build an international community through exploring these boats and the region they are from.
The world’s traditional boats are examples of the kind of folk wisdom and “intricate tricks of self-sufficiency” that we wish to encourage and advocate for in future generations. Evolved over many centuries to better handle the demands of a specific fishery, for more efficient transport, and to stand against the constant strains of the ocean and coastal weather, traditional boats often share a design ethos which is “characterized by sustainability, the interdependence of man and nature and the mutual dependence of communities at the edge of survival.”
Founder, Trip Leader, Captain
Originally from midcoast Maine, Arista grew up sailing in various traditional small craft throughout Penobscot Bay. She is a USCG licensed master captain and long-time seamanship instructor for adult and youth sail training programs including Outward Bound, the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), Atlantic Challenge, the Nova Scotia Sea School, Wooden Boat School, Morse Alpha Expeditions, and a skipper for the Viking boat replica, Polaris.
A student of languages, culture and craft she has traveled, sailed, taught and studied all over the world. In 2002, she rowed 300 miles in a 38 ft. Bantry Bay gig with a Russian crew through the inland rivers leading to St. Petersburg, Russia and the Gulf of Finland. In April 2017, she sailed more than 800 miles to the Lofoten Islands in Norway in an open, 42 ft. square-rigged fembøring with Fosen Folkehøgskole (Folk School).
As a Project Manager for five years with the Scholarshipwrights in Rockland, Maine, Arista led seamanship trainings and boatbuilding programs in the US and abroad and was involved with writing, editing, and fundraising for that organization, including co-authoring a book with Lance Lee about the Apprenticeshop.
She holds a B.A. from Hampshire College, current Wilderness First Responder, CPR and Lifeguard certifications and a 50-ton Masters captain's license. She loves traditional music and plays the mandolin.
More Staff Bios coming soon.