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Do you have your summer plans yet?

Posted by Tall Ships America on March 14, 2017


You might have heard about a little event going on this summer? Rendez vous 2017 Tall Ships® Regatta has been a years-in-planning transatlantic race series and it kicks off on April 13th in Greenwich, England. While there will be a ton of coverage of the ships throughout the summer on social and traditional media, you don’t have to be an armchair sailor to enjoy the tall ships. You (yes, you) can be a part of this incredible story! You can sail on board a tall ship! Across the ocean!

You can join the ship in Europe or, for slightly shorter legs in either Charleston for the feeder race to Bermuda or in the only U.S. stop in the RDV 2017, Boston. If you are interested in joining this grand adventure, there are two options for you – Sail on Board and Sailing Ship Adventures . Our friends at Sail Training International put together the above excellent video to give you a taste of what sail training is all about: camaraderie, adventure, seeing the world, meeting new people, and sailing a really cool tall ship.  When your friends asked what you did over the summer, how cool would it be to say, “Sailed on board a tall ship”? Join us for an adventure of a lifetime.





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Call for Nominations!

Posted by Tall Ships America on March 1, 2017

International Youth Council Quebec City 2016. Photo by Max

International Youth Council Quebec City 2016. Photo by Max


Are you looking to be more involved in sail training in an international forum? Tall Ships America is looking for youth representatives from the United States to join the International Youth Council.


We are looking for a bright, energetic and responsible young person, between the ages of 18 and 22, who has demonstrated an ability to work independently, who has been active in Tall Ships America events and thus able to represent the National organization and its interests in an articulate fashion.

The expectations of International Youth Council (IYC) members, Regional Leaders and the Executive (Leadership Team):

All STI Youth Executive members must dedicate approximately 200 hours  volunteer time per year for a minimum of three (3) years and must be effective communicators in both written and spoken English.

International Youth Council Members (IYC)

Youth Executive members are responsible for:

  • Representing the opinions and concerns of youth in their country
  • Engaging in action to achieve the STI Youth Activities and Initiatives Plan; this implies local, regional and international plans
  • Working with other IYC members to achieve international goals

IYC members must:

  • Monitor and reply to emails on a weekly basis
  • Complete and submit to their Regional representative, a report once every quarter on their activities and initiatives progress outlining achievements, obstacles (if any) and proposed amendments to plan
  • Attend the STI Annual Conference and International Youth Council (IYC) meeting
  • Participate in regional Skype (or equivalent) meetings when scheduled

IYC members are expected to:

  • support and engage in local, regional and international activities and initiatives
  • be innovative and contribute to current and future planning
  • be visible and faithful representatives of STI Youth and the Family of STI entities
  • support and communicate with other IYC members
  • Participate online and in person at STI Youth events

Application Process

Must be a Tall Ships America Associate Level or Crew Member in good standing

Answer the following questions:

a.  In 250 words or less, tell us about your experience with sail training.
b. In 250 words or less, tell us what will make you a good Youth Representative
c. In 250 words or less, tell us what you would like to see addressed by the Sail Training community concerning youth.

All applications must be submitted to erin@tallshipsamerica.org no later than 15 March 2017. Decisions will be made by 20 March 2017.

If applicants have any questions about the experience they can contact Erin Short at the above email or Brian Holmen, current Youth Representative at bhomen11@gmail.com


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Put it all together

Posted by Tall Ships America on February 23, 2017


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Make it a Viking weekend in New York

Posted by Tall Ships America on February 21, 2017

Draken Harald Harfagre  Photo Drakenexpedition.com

Draken Harald Harfagre
Photo Drakenexpedition.com

Join Captain Bjorn Ahlander on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at Hendrick Hudson Free Library- 185 Kings Ferry Road, Montrose, NY 10548

Registration & Continental Breakfast 10:30 am
Lecture 11:00 am

Captain Bjorn Ahlander will recount the fascinating story of the construction and expedition of Draken Harald Harfagre, the largest Viking ship ever built in modern times.  She was launched in 2012 and in 2016 made her first transatlantic voyage with port stops in the Great Lakes, Iceland, Greenland, Canada, New York City and Mystic Seaport.

The public is invited to attend.  Suggested Donation: $5 to $10.

Join us for a lunch with Captain Ahlander after the presentation.    Cost: $25 prepaid and cash bar.  Reservations are required.

Sign up today, call us at 914-737-7878, ext. 0, or e-mail us at nmhs@seahistory.org to reserve your place! NMHS Seminar Season Passes and Sponsorship Opportunities are Now Available!

Stay awhile – Join  Bill Fitzhugh of the Smithsonian Institution presents Vikings: the North Atlantic Saga at the Scarsdale Public Library on February 26 at 2pm.

nmhsThe National Maritime Historical Society is a not-for-profit membership organization whose mission is to raise awareness of our nation’s maritime heritage and the role seafaring has played in shaping civilization. NMHS seeks to educate Americans about our nation’s extraordinary maritime accomplishments and their continuing relevance for national prosperity and cultural vitality. The Society’s initiatives encompass publications, educational programs, sail training, and preservation of historic ships.


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Help support Adventure and Education Under Sail

Posted by Tall Ships America on November 29, 2016

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Educating our youth to contribute affirmatively to society is one of the most important responsibilities of every generation.  Tall Ships America takes it up as our core mission.  Indeed, it stands as the very heart of our seafaring programs.   We take students out of the classroom — and away from their electronic screens — and into the wide world of the sea where they can test themselves through real-world adventure aboard traditional sailing ships.

Education under sail provides what traditional classrooms cannot: lessons and discoveries that occur “in the field”, where they are internalized through daily practical application and first-hand experience. When students return at the end of their voyage, they are more excited to learn than ever before.  Through their sea experience, they have discovered that learning is living.

But if Tall Ships America is to continue to advance these vital educational programs, we need your support for our Annual Fund appeal.  We’ve set an ambitious goal to raise $85,000 before year’s end, and thanks to several generous early donations, we are more than 25% toward that goal. If you have not yet contributed to Tall Ships America’s 2016 Annual Fund, please take a moment to do so now with a donation of the most generous amount you can give.  If you have already contributed, please accept our heartfelt thanks.  We’d be grateful for your consideration of an additional gift before year’s end.

Your vital contribution will directly support the programs, events and activities that change young people’s lives.  Thank you for your support.

Support Tall Ships America and future tall ships sailors today!

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Full Circle

Posted by Tall Ships America on September 22, 2016

This year’s TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Race Series began and ended in Canada. On July 1, we welcomed the ships to the Redpath Waterfront Festival Toronto, presented by PortsToronto. On September 16th, the fleet arrived at Tall Ships® Brockville 2016.

Darlene and I had arrived Thursday, making sure to stop at Niagara Falls and Anchor Bar in Buffalo (the birthplace of buffalo wings) on our way into town. The Thousand Island region is a beautiful area to drive through and I wish we had more time to explore the castles which seem to dot the area with some frequency.


Friday dawned crisp, with a hint of fall in the air. Black Jack, Empire Sandy, Fair Jeanne, El Galeon, Mist of Avalon, Pride of Baltimore II, St. Lawrence II, and When and If, all participated in the parade of sail. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tall Ship City

Posted by Tall Ships America on September 13, 2016

Tall Ships(r) Erie 2016 started out with a joke. A local blog wrote an article about a cannon fire accident which deflated the large rubber duck that was supposed to be featured at the event. Most people didn’t catch that it was a written by a satirical news outlet. Combine that with the fact the duck couldn’t participate in the Parade of Sail because of the high winds…well, there were some confused public. We surprisingly spent a lot of time explaining that the duck was fully functioning and Niagara did not shoot it (nor do they actually have cannon balls in their cannons).  It was one of the funnier things to happen this summer. And that’s when I knew that Tall Ships(R) Erie was going to be a great event.

Fully inflated with no cannon ball holes

Fully inflated with no cannon ball holes

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It’s #TALLSHIPSTUESDAY! Let’s learn about Fair Jeanne

Posted by Tall Ships America on September 13, 2016

We’re featuring our fleet of vessels that you can see, hear, and touch when they come to your host city this summer as part of the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Great Lakes 2016 Race Series.

Courtesy of Bytown Brigantine

Courtesy of Bytown Brigantine

Where you’ll find her

Ottawa, ON. This summer Fair Jeanne will be in the following TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® ports: Redpath Waterfront Festival Toronto, presented by PortsToronto;  Tall Ship Celebration: Bay CityTall Ships® Brockville

Fun Facts

Designed and built in 1982 by the late Captain Thomas G. Fuller, who was one of  Canada’s most decorated WWII naval war heroes, earning the name “Pirate of the Adriatic”.

The Backstory
Originally sailed as a private yacht, Fair Jeanne is now in service as a sail training vessel for Bytown Brigantine, a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering leadership, confidence, and self reliance in youth through the adventure of square-rig sailing.  During the summer months, she provides voyages for youth 13-19 years old and is also a floating high school.

Who Sails


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Picton Castle Bosun School

Posted by Tall Ships America on September 7, 2016

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This fall, at the Bosun School session scheduled, we will be using Picton Castle to teach and practise a large range of critical rigging techniques, sailmaking and wooden boat building. Also we will be taking advantage of our large wooden boat collection of dories, longboats, skiffs, sloops, cutters and small schooners to teach and get lots of practice in small boat handling here in Lunenburg Harbour. Read the rest of this entry »

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It’s #TALLSHIPSTUESDAY! Let’s learn about Mist of Avalon

Posted by Tall Ships America on September 6, 2016

We’re featuring our fleet of vessels that you can see, hear, and touch when they come to your host city this summer as part of the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Great Lakes 2016 Race Series.


Mist of Avalon

Mist of Avalon


Where you’ll find the ship

Toronto, ON.  This summer Mist of Avalon will be in the following TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® ports: Tall Ships® Fairport Harbor; Tall Ship Celebration: Bay City; Pepsi® Tall Ships® Chicago 2016; Tall Ships® Duluth 2016; Tall Ships® Erie 2016; Tall Ships® Brockville

Fun Facts

She has a wood burning stove below decks (!)


The Quick Backstory
Launched in 1967, she spent twenty years fishing for cod in the North Atlantic. Abandoned at a Halifax pier, she was bought and converted into a 19th century Grand Banks schooner.

Who Sails
Individuals of all ages


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