Fiorentino takes helm of Sultana

CHESTERTOWN Schooner Sultana is getting a new captain.

The Sultana Education Foundation, in a news release Monday, Feb. 9, announced that Michael Fiorentino will be taking the helm of the school ship of the Chesapeake.

Fiorentino previously served four years as captain of the 107-foot schooner Lady Maryland, of the Living Classrooms Foundation in Baltimore, according to the news release. Before that, he was chief mate and carpenter on the Pride of Baltimore II.

Fiorentino holds a 500-ton master of oceans license, has more than 500 days of on-the-water experience as a captain and has spent much of the past eight years sailing on the Chesapeake Bay. According to the news release announcing his hiring, that makes him the most experienced person ever hired to take the helm of Sultana.

In a phone interview Tuesday, Feb. 10, Fiorentino said he was looking forward to being part of the community, and of the great expansion of the Sultana Education Foundation. Sultana is a great symbol of the community, he said.

He said he is especially looking forward to spending time sailing on the Bay, and seeing some of its less-traveled portions. It's also fun to be on a new boat, Fiorentino said. He is familiar with Chestertown, having visited many times in the past. He also has family here, he said.

"The fact that Michael has four years of experience with the Living Classrooms Foundation meant a great deal to us," said Sultana Education Foundation President Drew McMullen, who led the search committe....

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