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Wind from the Windy City

Posted by Tall Ships America on October 8, 2013

We continue to play catch up from our summer events. Here is Brian’s recap of the final race of the series out of Chicago…

The mood on the ship seemed a little down as crew on Sorlandet had to say good-bye to a number of volunteers and crewmembers in Chicago. After many months working with each other it was now time for everyone to start going their separate ways. It was sad to see our shipmates leave, but we still had one more race to go in the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Race Series.  This was also my last sail with the fleet this summer, so I was hoping for a great sail.

After a late departure on Monday we said farvel (as the Norwegians would say) to Chicago. Many people hoped that it wouldn’t take another 80 years for Sorlandet to return to Chicago. As we made our way past the breakwaters the crews prepared the sails for the start of the race. Dark clouds loomed in the distance making us all leery that at any moment we might have to take in sail. That whole morning we had been receiving conflicting weather reports, so we were unsure of what was going to happen out on the lake. However, a good sailor should be prepared for any kind of weather, and this was another test to see how ready we were.  Read the rest of this entry »

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We survived! Now you can donate to our Annual Appeal!

Posted by Tall Ships America on December 21, 2012

Photo image courtesy SnorgTees.com

Photo courtesy SnorgTees.com


We made it! Wee! As you rush out to do the holiday shopping you thought you’d gotten out of this year, why not take the time to donate to Tall Ships America? It’s quick and easy. Through our scholarships, grants, programs, and conferences we help young trainees connect with life-changing experiences, and our members achieve greater success. 

Tall Ships America has been given a generous $50,000 challenge to raise an equal amount by December 31st.  We are halfway there, and we need your participation to reach our goal. 

Your past support of Tall Ships America’s  was put to immediate use to fund scholarships, the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE(r), vessel resources and so much more.   Make a generous donation today and help us meet the challenge by December 31st

Tall Ships America supports education under sail in ways that no other organization can ever do.  We thank you for your past support, and ask you to help us sustain sail training in America for the future.

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Consider the halls decked

Posted by Tall Ships America on December 18, 2012

Last Friday we hosted our annual holiday party in Newport, RI. Usually we have our party the last day of work before we take our holiday break but this year, since our TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE(r) Director was in town,we decided to bump it up a week so we could have a full-staff holiday party for the first time. Totally worth it. We had a ton of food and holiday spirits, and a wonderful turn out. Here are a few photos from the  festivities and we hope you can join us next year!

Three EAGLE Captains all in a row

Three EAGLE Captains all in a row

Our wee tree with tall ship ornaments

Our wee tree with tall ship ornaments

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays

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Class Afloat announces $15,000 Scholarship

Posted by Tall Ships America on November 20, 2012

Photo Credit – Class Afloat

This morning I was posting jobs on the Billet Bank and longingly eyed one submitted by Class Afloat looking for an AB to sail with them on Sørlandet  from Rio de Janeiro to Lunenburg from January to June.  Sailing along the South American coast sounds amazing (and warm, especially when facing a New England winter).  But what is even more amazing is having this sailing experience not only be along the South American coast but all over the world and getting school credit for it. Instead of sitting in a classroom for nine months, you could experience the “blue water high school” of Sørlandet with the Class Afloat Young Sailor Scholarship.

This scholarship will be awarded to ‘one young Canadian sailor and one International sailor who best demonstrates the values of excellence, integrity, community, teamwork, accountability, respect, commitment and achievement in his or her academic and sailing life.’  Information on the criteria and application process is available here. 

You can read more about Class Afloat on their website www.classafloat.com  and watch the below video –

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The Thad Koza Photography Contest is Back!

Posted by Tall Ships America on November 8, 2012

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Guest Blogger: Happy Commissioning Day, Perfect Present, and “All the Laundry”

Posted by Tall Ships America on October 25, 2012

Pride of Baltimore II
Pos: At Anchor off Annapolis
Wx: SSE F 3, 3/8 Cumulus

Today marks the 24th anniversary of Pride of Baltimore II’s commissioning. Different from her launch day, when she first touched the water as a complete, floating hull but was still awaiting a rig, an interior, and mechanical and electrical systems, today marks the day that she was finished and ready to sail away on her first voyage and begin her illustrious career as the signature example of Maryland’s Maritime History.

On this day in 1988, Pride II was also certificated by the United States Coast Guard for carrying Passengers. This distinction took the mission started by her predecessor to a whole new level. Instead of just boarding the ship at the dock, or marveling at her from a distance – as was the case with the first Pride – people can actually experience the grace, power, and agility of a Baltimore Privateer underway. If you’re adventurous enough, the dreamy wonder of sailing the epitome of early 19th century sailing performance can be a reality. And in 24 years, Pride II has signed aboard thousands as passengers, or as deeply involved “working guest crew” trainees.

Click here to continue reading about Pride of Baltimore II’s Commisioning Day>>>

PRIDE AFTER DARK is November 9th!

Join Pride of Baltimore II at Pride After Dark! On Friday, November 9th you are invited to hear salty sailing tales, meet the ship’s crew, and celebrate the life of the foresail, which is about to be retired, and will be on display at Pride After Dark.

Pride II will be docked outside of the building and illuminated in twinkling lights. She’ll be visible through the amazing glass walls of Thames Street Wharf.  Guests will enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres by local restaurant sponsors (Atwaters, Chesapeake Wine Company, Sofi’s Crepes, The Center Club, Stratford University and Waterfront Kitchen), an open bar and entertainment provided by ONE ROCK Studio.

Business/cocktail chic attire suggested.

Tickets are $75 each and can be purchased at www.pride2.org 

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Message in a bottle

Posted by Tall Ships America on October 10, 2012

Photo Credit Gormaymax Photography

Bobbing it’s way across the ocean, filled with the hopes and dreams of whoever tossed it into the ocean, the message in a bottle is a throwback (pun intended) to a less connected world. Toss the bottle in the ocean and wait patiently for an answer which may or may arrive. In the case of this NPR Talk of the Nation story, sometimes you have to wait 98 years. This was brought to my attention by our Executive Director who happened to be listening to NPR on his way home from work last night.  He was pleasantly surprised when a familiar name was announced and Captain Sean Bercaw came on the radio to talk about his own drift bottle project (he’s launched more than 250 bottles).  Here is the transcript of the interview and you can listen to it too.

Imagine finding a message in a bottle, what a thrill that must be. All of a sudden your imagination must go into overdrive (TREASURE MAP!!), your hands shake as you struggle to uncork the bottle, and the soggy paper is carefully unrolled…What does it say? Who is it from?

And because it is a rainy day here in Newport, here is The Police singing Message in a Bottle to liven up our morning –

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Plastics at SEA: North Pacific Expedition 2012

Posted by Tall Ships America on October 3, 2012

SSV Robert C. Seamans

Today, SSV Robert C. Seamans will leave San Diego as part of SEA‘s second research trip dedicated to the study of plastic marine debris, Plastics at SEA: North Pacific Expedition 2012. The ship will sail 2500nm on a cruise track extending 1500nm west of San Diego and then turning south towards Honolulu. Along the way, 38 students, scientists and sailors will document and study the impact plastics have on the ocean ecosystem and will provide us with updated estimates on floating plastics concentration.

Here is a short video explaining the voyage mission and scientific goals:


Follow the expedition on the website http://www.sea.edu/plastics/, which will be updated daily with multimedia content including posts from award-winning author and journalist Jonathan Waterman.  Jon will also be writing weekly posts for National Geographic that will appear at http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/ as part of the Society’s “Ocean Views” news.  This year there will be a K-12 outreach page to the expedition website, where students in ten partner schools from around the country will submit questions that the expedition team will answer from sea.  A major goal of this expedition is outreach and education to schoolchildren, educators, and the public.

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Support Adventure and Education Under Sail

Posted by Tall Ships America on October 1, 2012

As we wrap up another exciting and successful year of Tall Ships® events, education and advocacy, we want to take a moment to thank you for your interest in Tall Ships America. Since 1973, Tall Ships America has supported the ships, people, and programs of education under sail.  Thanks to our members and supporters, young people today continue to experience the transformative power of ships and the sea.

It’s also a very good time to remind ourselves of just why this matters.  Click here to read a few short statements from four individuals whose lives have been dramatically, positively, and permanently changed through their sail training experiences.  They are representative of countless young people throughout our history who have gone to sea, and there discovered their own limitless capacity to succeed.

Now, more than ever, we must challenge and inspire the next generation, and prepare them to take the helm in a rapidly changing world.  We know how to do it, but we need your help. Please join us in this effort, by contributing now to our Annual Appeal.  This is a vital part of our fund raising effort that provides 20% of our budget.  This year we have already received generous pledges for a $50,000 Challenge Grant that will match your contribution dollar for dollar.  Your gift of $5,000 will be worth $10,000 to the ships and programs of Tall Ships America. 

Your contribution of $1,000 or more includes membership in our special donors group, the Nathaniel Bowditch Leadership Society in which you will enjoy exclusive privileges and acknowledgments in recognition of your leadership as outlined in the enclosed flier.  We look forward to welcoming you at future Nathaniel Bowditch Leadership Society activities and functions.

The work of Tall Ships America has never been more important: more scholarships and more support for vessels and programs are needed so that the life-changing challenges of leadership development will continue to be available for today’s youth.  We will close our Annual Appeal on December 31, so please take a moment and make your gift now to support adventure and education under sail™.

Click here to make a donation

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Bonjour, Montreal!

Posted by Tall Ships America on September 14, 2012

This weekend, I am in Montreal for the tall ship event hosted by the Old Port. Six ships are berthed in the Jacques-Cartier Basin – Peacemaker, St.Lawrence 2, Pathfinder, Roter Sand, Fair Jeanne and Empire Sandy. Yesterday was the Parade of Sail and you couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day. Here are some photos from the event so far…

Around the corner and under the bridge

New ship in the fleet, RoterSand from Germany


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