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48 Hours in Quebec City

Posted by Tall Ships America on July 28, 2017

Quebec rest stops are the best. Gas? Check. Water? Check. Mini dinosaur park? CHECK!!!


Last Wednesday, Darlene and I road tripped up to Quebec City to see the Canada 150 festivities that we had been hearing about for so long, and to see some tall ship friends. Also, Quebec City is so pretty, especially in the summer. This was the view from our hotel room. It was OK if you like looking out on historic buildings and charming streets-


Hideous photo by Darlene

Forty ships sailed into Quebec City and were berthed along the waterfront. Our Rendez-Vous fleet was joined by Great Lakes tall ships including U.S. Brig Niagara, Denis Sullivan, Appledore V, Black Jack, Empire Sandy, Fair Jeanne, Pathfinder and Playfair, Mist of Avalon, and St. Lawrence II. Normally, we only get to see these Great Lakes ships every three years, so having the gang back together in Quebec City was particularly fun.  Not only that, but the Rendez-Vous fleet brought ships into the St. Lawrence River that don’t normally (if ever) come this far into the Great Lakes (or, rather, the St. Lawrence). As you can imagine, there was a lot of nerding out among the crew as they clamored all over each other’s ships and proudly showed each other around.

Thursday was the crew parade and awards ceremony for the race from Boston to Canada. Thousands of people lined the streets as the crew marched through Old Quebec. Three words – Maple. Leaf. Onesie.

Photo by Darlene

Black Jack

Niagara crew


US Awards recipients L-R
Geronimo -1st in Class C/D
EAGLE – 2nd in Class A


Spirit of South Carolina – 3rd in Class B

All too soon, it was time to drive home. Darlene and I had a whirlwind of a time in Quebec City and, based on what we saw, the ships did too. This weekend, the ships will be in Halifax, Nova Scotia, two-time winner of Tall Ships America’s Port of the Year award, and one of my  favorite ports. From there, they will race to Le Havre, France, the final port of Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships(R) Regatta.

Our host ports welcomed ships from all over the world with open arms. People came down to the water by the thousands to see these ships and walk their decks. A lucky few even got to sail aboard (there is still time and berths are available!). It was a summer of new friends and new experiences, and we can’t wait to do it again.

Admit it Paul, you and the Sail Training International team are going to miss us.



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We rendez-vous’d and you can too

Posted by Tall Ships America on June 29, 2017

Gulden Leeuw (Netherlands) celebrates their 3rd place in the Class A race from Bermuda at the Crew Parade in Boston

It’s funny. It doesn’t matter how many ports we have lined up for the summer, it always feels like it went by way too fast. This summer was no exception. Just last month, we welcomed a fleet of ships to Charleston and it was only last week that we waved goodbye from Boston. In between, I had the opportunity to spend a week in Bermuda and next month, Darlene and I are road-tripping our way to Quebec City for the final send off before the ships sail back to Europe as part of the Rendez-vous  2017 Tall Ships® Regatta.

But first, we begin in Charleston where Tall Ships® Charleston welcomed an international fleet of vessels. Ships represented Argentina, Spain, Germany, Netherlands, and the states of South Carolina, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, and Florida. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sail on EAGLE this summer!

Posted by Tall Ships America on May 25, 2017

USCGC Eagle. Photo Credit: Thad Koza

Two opportunities to sail aboard EAGLE this summer!

Enjoy two unique opportunities for Tall Ships America Members to advance their professional training, qualifications, skills, and credentials in a sail training program aboard America’s Tall Ship. Restrictions apply. Applicants will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

Voyage 1: 07-18 August      4 spots available
07-11 August: Portland, ME to New York City
14-18 August: New York City to Coast Guard Yard, Baltimore, MD

Experienced tall ships sailors are invited to join the ship on a voyage 07 – 18 August.

During this run, sailors will join Coast Guard crew and cadets. Participants will embark on Sunday, August 6th,  in Portland, Maine. This leg is with Coast Guard swabs and will include basic seamanship. EAGLE will moor in New York, New York on Friday, August 11th.  EAGLE will depart New York City on Monday, August 14th and sail back to the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore, MD for arrival on Friday, August 18th.  The second leg is a crew only patrol, but will have some other guests aboard. There will be sailing and it does include a transit up the Chesapeake Bay. Read the rest of this entry »

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Game on, Charleston!

Posted by Tall Ships America on May 15, 2017

Spirit of South Carolina welcomes you! Photo K. Ryan

Tuesday morning, bright and early (with coffee clutched firmly in hand), I will make my way to South Carolina for Tall Ships® Charleston, 18-21 May. This is the fourth time Charleston has hosted the tall ships and will be the third event there I’ve participated in. This lovely southern city has yet to disappoint.

We could not be more excited for the incredible fleet that will be at the dock. Vessels from Argentina, Cook Islands, Netherlands, Germany, Spain and the U.S. will be available for public boarding and sail aways.  Tickets are still available.

Join us for the Parade of Sail on Thursday, 18 May at 1:00pm when the ships will sail their way past downtown Charleston and up the Cooper River. Then, come by and see the tall ships up close.

More information about Tall Ships® Charleston is available on their website www.tallshipscharleston.com

I’ll be posting blogs from the road and, for more timely updates, be sure to follow me on Instagram and Twitter.


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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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