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Rockin’ and Rollin’ in 2016

Posted by Tall Ships America on February 11, 2016

Quebec City Photo Credit Sail Training International

Quebec City Photo Credit Sail Training International

We’ve been busy here at Tall Ships America HQ. Between battling snow storms, hosting 450 sail trainers and sailors from around the world in Quebec City, and gearing up for our TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Great Lakes 2016 Race Series, January was a blur and February isn’t too far behind. Here is what you’ve missed:

We went to Quebec City for our annual conference and it was awesome. For presentations and video, visit the Agenda page on the blog

I recapped our award ceremonies, too:

TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Atlantic Coast 2015 awards

Annual Sail Training Awards

Captain Dan Moreland and Nancy Richard special recognition

You can find photos from the conference on our Flickr page and the Sail Training International website

It’s hard to believe but we are already planning our 2017 conference (it will be on the Atlantic Coast). Stay tuned!

From the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® department, we’ve had ship announcements from Bay City, Duluth and Toronto. More ports will be announcing their lineups in the next few weeks! (We will post the complete line up of ships on our website once all of the ports have announced their tall ships.)

A list of the Official TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Host Ports and schedule of events is on our website www.tallshipsamerica.org

Don’t miss anything – follow us on Twitter @tallshipsfleet and join our
TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® group on Facebook.


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It’s #TALLSHIPSTUESDAY! Let’s learn about Bluenose II

Posted by Tall Ships America on January 26, 2016

Schooner Bluenose II Photo Credit Mark Krasnow

In anticipation for our Annual Conference this week, we figured we would feature a Canadian Flagged Tall Ship as a tip of the hat to our host city, Quebec. Time to learn a little about Bluenose II

Where you’ll find the ship

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

Fun Fact

There are four completely different local namesake theories explaining why the vessel is called Bluenose… Check them out here to see which theory you believe!

The backstory

While the original Bluenose launched in 1921, Bluenose II first launched in 1963 after being constructed from the same plans of the original and even the same boat builders. She serves as a goodwill ambassador for the Province of Nova Scotia, participating in tall ship events throughout the Western Hemisphere. She continues to sail in the tradition of the original vessel, encouraging all of their officers and deckhands to enhance their skills and certifications.

Who Sails

Individuals and groups


Tune in next Tuesday to see what Tall Ship will be featured next!

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To Fair Canada We Go!

Posted by Tall Ships America on January 21, 2016

Fairmont Hotel Photo Credit Fairmont.com

Fairmont Hotel Photo Credit Fairmont.com

It’s that time of year! When a sailor’s thoughts turn to networking, seeing old friends, and learning about what’s new in tall ships. That’s right – it’s conference tiiiiiiiiime!

Next week, Tall Ships America HQ will head to lovely Quebec City to join our friends from across the pond, Sail Training International, as we jointly host the Quebec International Sail Training and Tall Ships Conference 2016.  This year’s conference is part of the lead up to the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta and also in anticipation of this summer’s TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE(r) Great Lakes 2016. So much to do! And we could not be more excited to see our international friends.

There is still time to register and, if you want to see what we will be discussing, you can view the agenda on our website.   Need more convincing? Check out this toboggan ride! That looks crazy enough to make up for the chilly weather…

Photo Credit Rich Whitaker

Photo Credit Rich Whitaker

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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.

Snowed in


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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Guest Blogger: Pride Strives to Earn Number Five

Posted by Tall Ships America on February 19, 2014

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Pride of Baltimore II won the 2013 Perry Bowl Award at the 2014 Tall Ships America Conference in San Diego, CA. Captain Jamie Trost writes about winning the award at the Annual Sail Training Awards Banquet and GALA and about racing in the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Great Lakes 2013 Race Series.

Photo Credit: Jennifer Spring

Photo Credit: Jennifer Spring

Pride Strives to Earn Number Five

Dateline: February 5th, 2014, San Diego, California

Last week at the Tall Ships America Annual Awards Dinner, Pride of Baltimore II was awarded the Perry Bowl for placing first in 2013’s TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Race Series. This marks the fifth time since 2000 Pride II has won the series, and, following on the heels of her 2012 Perry Bowl, this is the first time she has ever won in back-to-back seasons. Adding her 2010 win, she’s claimed top honors three of the last four years.

In presenting the award, Tall Ships America listed out the finishing results of the races on all five Great Lakes with a steady drumbeat – one second place and four firsts – hinting that all Pride II need do was cast off lines and slide easily to a win. But buying into such fantasy would discredit both the field of competition and the efforts of the crew.

First off, in the dynamic environment of sailing there are no foregone conclusions. The wind is fickle and the weather is a prankster. Nowhere more so than in the temperamental Great Lakes, with the patchy doldrums and summer squalls of baffling inland oceans. Seen from a height, the courses where we raced might boast a mackerel pattern – the bright sheen of flat clam here, the glittered shine and texture of wind driven water there. And if the weather weren’t opponent enough, the fleet teemed with competition. Stately Niagara and nimble Lynx, our swift 1812-era sisters; full-rigged Sorlandet, sleek Appledore IV, and three-masted Denis Sullivan, with her rig made for the Great Lakes.

All these ships and more eyed the finish line with the same set gaze as Pride II and her crew. Lynx beat us on Erie, and was a mere 22 seconds behind on Michigan, with Appledore IV nipping at her heels. Niagara held the lead on Huron and Superior until late race wind shifts favored Pride II’s weatherly hull. Competition this sharp comes only from crews and ships honed by practice, drill, and perfection of craft. At this level, the ship is like a machine with human gears and cogs. Or perhaps a wholly living being, the crew toiling and laboring as cells and pulses within the larger creature of the vessel herself.

Either way, aboard Pride II the crew was focused, dedicated, and absolutely set on getting every last ounce of speed from the ship. It’s easy to imagine the intensity as visceral sweat and muscle and a powered-up Pride frothing at the bows, heeling and surging along. But that’s romanticism, not reality. The races are long, the conditions constant only in their changing. The intensity is inward. Our fingers are on the pulse of the ship, we strain to detect changes in the rhythms of the ship and the subtleties of wind. It’s a staring contest with the weather, with the other ships. The minds of all hands scan the ever-changing horizon, study the cloud streaked or star speckled dome of sky for clues to the unfolding mystery of the future.

In the end, it comes down to luck – specifically when luck is the convergence of preparation and opportunity. The Captains, Crew, and Staff of Pride, Inc. are grateful to the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® for the opportunity to campaign Pride II with our striving sister ships, and we could not be prouder of the hard work, dedication, and commitment the 2013 crew put into preparing for the CHALLENGE.

All best,

Captain Jamie Trost and the truly proud Staff and Crew of Pride of Baltimore, Inc.

Click here to keep reading about Pride of Baltimore II.

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Nominate an Unsung Hero

Posted by Tall Ships America on November 20, 2013

Cutter Champion Photo Credit: Maritime Heritage Alliance

Cutter Champion
Photo Credit: Maritime Heritage Alliance

For over twenty years, Maritime Heritage Alliance has been a member of first American Sail Training Association, and now Tall Ships America. I have worked with Madeline in the Great Lakes in 2006, 2010 and this past summer as part of the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE(r) Race Series.  In addition to Madeline, MHA  operates the cutter Champion (and four other boats).

Recently, the SAIL Champion program, created by MHA and Mental Wellness Counseling,  was brought to our attention at Tall Ships America HQ with the video below.

The captain, Rorke Miller, has been nominated for the Old Pulteney Maritime Heroes Award USA and is now one of three finalists. This award “recognizes men and women whose significant contributions to educate, volunteer, advocate or simply encourage participation in sailing with in their local community”.  The winner will go on to speak at the US Sailing Leadership Conference, bringing recognition to their program. Watch the video and support our member organization by voting for Captain Miller and the SAIL Champion program.

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Hello 2013!

Posted by Tall Ships America on January 8, 2013

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Yikes, it’s been oh so quiet over on this blog. While we ease into 2013 over here, all the action has been  happening on the conference blog .  We are less than a month out from our annual conference in Erie (weeee!) and there is a ton of information going up over there on a daily basis.  Roommate help, speaker bios (with photos!) and sessions are all being updated as fast I can get them up.  Soon, the agenda on the Tall Ships America website will link up to the blog to make perusing all of our awesome sessions even easier.

Crew grants, generously sponsored by Maritime Simulation Institute, are still available.  If you haven’t already applied, you still have time and it is super easy.

 Meanwhile, in non-conference related news, we have a very exciting announcement to make about a unique upcoming sailing opportunity. So stay tuned and be sure to check back here later this week…


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Call for 2012 Sail Training Award Nominations

Posted by Tall Ships America on October 2, 2012

Well, friends, it has been another year of adventure and education under sail. Another year to be a part of a  life-changing program or learn from someone who instilled a new-found sense of confidence. Perhaps you had a volunteer that rocked or there is a sail trainer who has dedicated their life to preserving our maritime traditions and has passed on their passion to  countless lucky recipients. Who has inspired you this year?

Click here to read more on the conference blog

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And we are off!

Posted by Tall Ships America on September 28, 2012

 Conference Registration is now open!!
Early Bird discounts end November 30 – Rates will increase by $100 on December 1

Safety Under Sail and Education Under Sail Forums
February 4, 2013

40th Annual Conference on Sail Training and Tall Ships
February 5 – 6, 2013

Noon to Noon: A Record Run
Fine tuning programs, operations and crew for maximum success

Our annual conference will be held in Erie, PA this year, home of the US Brig Niagara and the Erie Maritime Museum. As always, we could not be more excited to host our members,  hear what has been happening in our industry and see what exciting things we have planned. Read the rest of this entry »

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The countdown begins!

Posted by Tall Ships America on September 18, 2012

Noon to Noon: A Record Run
Fine tuning programs, operations and crew for maximum success

Tall Ships America is pleased to announce Erie, PA as the site of its  40th Annual Conference on Sail Training and Tall Ships. More than 200 participants from the United States, Canada, and other foreign nations are expected to attend the three day meeting, scheduled for February 4 – 6, 2013 at the Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel.

The theme of the 2013 conference is Noon to Noon: A Record Run ~ how to fine-tune programs, operations and crew for maximum success.” The conference will feature presentations from leaders in the fields of experiential learning, ship operations and safety, crew training and development, TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® races and port events, regulatory issues, organizational development, innovations in sail training, and other related topics.

“We are excited to bring the conference to Erie, home port of member vessel NIAGARA and the renowned Erie Maritime Museum.  Erie will be part of our TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Great Lakes series in the summer of 2013, when it hosts a magnificent fleet of tall ships from the US, Canada and around the world.  The conference will attract a diverse and enthusiastic group of tall ship sailors, operators, and supporters, who will certainly enjoy the rich maritime heritage and attractions of the port of Erie” said Lori Aguiar, Director of Operations for Tall Ships America. 

Registration for the conference will open on September 24.

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