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Let’s go to America!

Posted by Tall Ships America on April 20, 2015

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L’Hermione set sail on her transatlantic journey over the weekend. Speeches and songs marked her departure and she was escorted out to sea by a small flotilla of boats. Next stop, Yorktown, Virginia!


More information about Hermione‘s voyage www.hermione2015.com

Hermione will also be joining the fleet in our TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Atlantic Coast 2015 ports.

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It all began with a vision

Posted by Tall Ships America on April 17, 2015


L'Hermione  (Courtesy of Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America)

L’Hermione (Courtesy of Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America)

Twenty years ago, construction began in France on a piece of American history. Tomorrow, the frigate that carried the Marquis de Lafayette to America to tell General George Washington that France would support our War of Independence from the British (and thus helped ensure our success), will set sail from France on a historic 3,000 mile voyage across the Atlantic Ocean. L’Hermione will arrive in Yorktown, Virginia on June 5th and spend the next two months sailing the East Coast of the United States. L’Hermione will be joining the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Atlantic Coast 2015 fleet in the ports of

Cape Charles, VA (June 13-14)
Philadelphia, PA-Camden, NJ (June 25-28)
Greenport, NY (July 4-7)
Portland, ME (July 18-20)

Here are some videos from the L’Hermione crew as they prepare for this momentous voyage –

More information about L’Hermione and her complete itinerary

More information about the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Atlantic Coast 2015

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TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE(r) Atlantic Coast 2015 Series: An Update

Posted by Tall Ships America on March 2, 2015

There has been so much happening around Tall Ships America HQ! It’s amazing how productive one can be when one is buried under 15 feet of snow.

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The biggest news is that we’ve added two new ports to TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Atlantic Coast 2015 Series – Cape Charles, VA (June 13-14) and Portland, ME (July 18-20). More information is available, including participating vessels, on our website. Read the rest of this entry »

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Blue Water Blogs: Picton Castle

Posted by Tall Ships America on January 2, 2015

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PICTON CASTLE and her crew arrived in Cape Town, South Africa today after a 2, 247 nautical mile journey across the Indian Ocean and South Atlantic. Follow their adventures as they learn about the evolution of ship design, celebrate Christmas at sea, and round the Cape of Good Hope just in time for New Year’s 2015! 

Kelley watching the sunset (Photo Courtesy of Picton Castle)

Kelley watching the sunset (Photo Courtesy of Picton Castle)

December 14, 2014 – 21°34.3’’S x 054°11.7’’E
“After a lovely week in ‘France’, we’re now underway from La Reunion, bound two thousand miles around the Cape of Good Hope for Cape Town.  Hot weather today so we rigged the power shower after lunch. Read the rest of this entry »

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Blue Water Blogs: EUROPA

Posted by Tall Ships America on December 11, 2014

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Antarctica : the cold, almost mythical continent of glaciers and icebergs and penguins. It’s a land that has entranced Shackleton, Amundsen, Weddell, Scott and so many more. As Bark EUROPA spends the Antarctic summer sailing past Cape Horn, amongst the South Shetland Islands and along the Antarctic Peninsula, her crew and trainees share their journey to this remote world of ice and snow and rock. Below are excerpts from their logbook.


26 November 2014 – SOUNDS by Sue (Trainee)

“Shios sounds: This is the second day on board the Europa for the first Antarctic voyage of the season. I am overwhelmed by how fortunate I am to be a part of this exceptional adventure and am going to attempt to put into words my experience so far. For whatever reason today, I have been attuned to the sounds on board. A picture may be worth a thous and words, but can’t quite capture the audio… Read the rest of this entry »

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Blue Water Blogs: Picton Castle

Posted by Tall Ships America on December 4, 2014

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Join PICTON CASTLE as her crew sails west across the Indian Ocean towards the Cape of Good Hope

Stunsails set. (Photo Courtesy of Picton Castle)

November 13, 2014 – 18°44.1’’S x 077°08.6’’E (Bali, Indonesia to Reunion Island, France, Indian Ocean)
“Today’s afternoon workshop was on studdingsails or stunsl’s – the large sails set to windward of the foreyards on special booms in light airs; the history, the ships that carried them and how we rig up for and set stunsles in the PICTON CASTLE. If the wind stays consistently light, we might be able to rig them in the next day or two. Plenty breeze now though. To explain why that makes us so happy, here’s an archive shot of PICTON CASTLE taken in the Indian Ocean a few years ago with all stuns’ls set.  Pretty, no?”

November 14, 2014 – 18°49.6’S x 074°49.6’E (Bali, Indonesia to Rodrigues Island, Mauritius)
“The Captain gave an update on our passage so far this afternoon. He spoke about our anticipated ports of call at Rodriguez Island, part of Mauritus and described by Joseph Conrad as the ‘sugary pearl of the Indian Ocean’. Also La Renuion Island, another 500nm on from Rodriguez and a French Territory and thus in our imaginations source of endless croissants, baguettes, red wine and good cheese. Apparently the crème brulee there is unbeatable. Both islands sound very lovely but it’s also a little sad that we’re thinking about the end of this passage already, it seems to be going very quickly.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Explore. Dream. Discover. Sail.

Posted by Tall Ships America on December 3, 2014

2015 Sail Training Opportunities Aboard U.S. Brig NIAGARA

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H. Jackson Brown, Jr., once wrote, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” This summer, sign on to adventure and sail away on the U.S. Brig NIAGARA!

College History Program 2015 – May 12, 2015 to June 2, 2015

Environmental Science Field School – June 10, 2015 to July 3, 2015

Exploring the Great Lakes – July 7, 2015 to July 21, 2015

NIAGARA Seamanship Training Program – Summer 2015 (Flexible Dates)

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For more information about NIAGARA’s sail training opportunities, please visit their website, call 814.452.2744 ext. 214 or email marineops@flagshipniagara.org.

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Tuesday is about more than just tacos…

Posted by Tall Ships America on December 2, 2014


Support our mission of sail training and education under sail and DONATE TODAY. Annual Appeal donations will be matched 2 to 1 through December 31, 2014.


Tuesday is about more than just tacos. Celebrate #GIVINGTUESDAY with Tall Ships America and our member vessels today.

By making a donation to our annual appeal, you will be helping us to provide sail training scholarships for youth and to support education under sail.

Founded in 1973, American Sail Training Association, dba Tall Ships America, is a 501c 3 non-profit organization dedicated to enriching youth education through character building and leadership programs aboard tall ships. It is the hub for tall ships activity, expertise, and information in North America, and is commended by The United States Congress as the national Sail Training organization representing the United States in the international forum.

Tall Ships America supports the people, ships, and programs of sail training through grants, scholarships, conferences, education, publications, public events, and advocacy.

Tall Ships America organizes the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® annual series of tall ships races and maritime port festivals to celebrate our rich maritime heritage and traditions, and inform the general public about the transformative power of adventure and education under sail®.

When you support us, you support our programs, our members, and the important mission of sail training.

Make a difference today!

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Let’s Put a Smile On That Face!

Posted by Tall Ships America on November 26, 2014

Start Smiling! Now you can support sail training while you shop!

Photo Credit: everydayquote.com

Photo Credit: everydayquote.com

Register today and select ‘American Sail Training Association’ as your preferred organization.

For every purchase you make, AmazonSmile will donate a portion to Tall Ships America. Start shopping today!

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To Spain and Back

Posted by Tall Ships America on November 24, 2014


A few weeks ago, Lori, Bert and I had the very exciting privilege to attend Sail Training International’s annual conference in A Coruña, a cosmopolitan port city in the northwest of Spain on the Atlantic Coast.  It was a bit of a slog to get there – drive three hours to JFK, red-eye to Madrid and then another hour and a half flight to A Coruña. But it was totally worth it for these views –

Into A Coruna

Into A Coruna

…And the chance to catch up with friends from across the pond whom we get to see all too infrequently.  This year’s STI conference was attended by about 300 people from all over the world. I quit complaining about our long flight after chatting with Murray from Australia whose initial flight alone was 23 hours. New Zealand, South Africa, Brazil and Canada were represented, while the remaining the attendees were from Europe. It was a great mix of young and old sail trainers. Session topics ranged from how to recruit trainees to satellite navigation and weather. Videos of all the sessions are available on the Sail Training International website. Read the rest of this entry »

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