Casey Blum is a graduate student pursuing a dual degree in Social Work and Kinesiology: Outdoor Education at the University of New Hampshire. Casey has the distinction of being the first ever female captain of the Black Dog Tall Ships. She has completed over 200 sails with up to 54 passengers each time. Casey’s mentor will be Nathaniel Benjamin, President of Gannon and Benjamin Marine Railway, in Vineyard Haven. This summer, Casey will work as a launch driver for Vineyard Haven Launch Services while she works on a sailing-related project designed to preserve the unique sailing culture on Martha’s Vineyard and to pass down maritime arts to the next generation. Ultimately, Casey hopes to start an organization that can provide therapeutic sailing trips to at-risk adolescents and young adults.