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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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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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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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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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News from the Leeward Side…

Posted by Tall Ships America on April 17, 2014

Seasickness. It’s an unspoken word amongst youth and adults hoping to sail as trainees on a tall ship. They might stash some Dramamine® in their duffel bags before they come aboard or show off their scopolamine patches as soon as the docklines are cast off. But, despite their preparation, youth and adult trainees alike are hoping that they will never experience the misery of seasickness.

The professional mariners aboard understand that it’s a component of seafaring. They know that some of these anxious trainees will turn pale as soon as the ship leaves safe harbor, while others will be writing in their journals and begging to go aloft as the seas swell to six feet, or more. But the professional mariners also know that, as the saying goes, ‘If you have never been seasick, you just haven’t met the right conditions yet.’ Eventually, it can strike anyone.

And when those unlucky sailors do fall seasick, they are told to make the best of it, to keep a good attitude as they toil through. For this reason, seasickness is often the subject matter of crass humor and lively seas stories told at the galley table. But Rebecca Kuehn, of STI Youth Australia, has brought a new component to this ‘distasteful’ topic. Her hypothesis: That surviving and/or witnessing seasickness may in fact further the aims of sail training, as it pertains to teamwork, leadership, communication skills, and personal development.

Her article, with its surveys and analysis, was published in Sail Training International‘s April 2014 newsletter .

We hope you enjoy her new take on this age-old issue. And, please – for everyone’s sake, avoid chili in a storm.

Eliza dresses up as a package of saltines while celebrating Halloween on the High Seas in 2009.

Eliza dresses up as a package of saltines while celebrating Halloween on the High Seas.

Eliza reads up on the etymology of seasickness at the Columbia River Maritime Museum.

Eliza reads up on the etymology of seasickness at the Columbia River Maritime Museum.




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Join the international sail training community

Posted by Tall Ships America on September 7, 2012

Here is an amazing opportunity for young sail trainers with an interest in being part of a global sail training community – Tall Ships America is looking for a bright, energetic and responsible young person, between the ages of 17 and 22, to become our  representative at Sail Training International’s Youth Council.

We are looking for a person who can work independently, who has been active in Tall Ships America events (TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Race Series, regional meetings, and the annual conference) and is therefore able to represent Tall Ships America and it’s interests.

This is great way to meet fellow sail trainers from all over the world and have an active voice within the international sail training community.

Submit a cover letter, resume, and a write up on what you think Tall Ships America is and how you will represent our mission to the global community. Send all questions, comments and applications to erin@tallshipsamerica.org  no later than September 26th.

Interested? Keep reading for the expectations and responsibilities: Read the rest of this entry »

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Sail Training International Conference 2012 – Riga, Latvia

Posted by Tall Ships America on September 4, 2012


Sail Training International invites you to participate in the International Sail Training and Tall Ships Conference 2012 to be held in Riga, at the Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija from November 16th to 17th, 2012.


Delegates registering before Friday September 28th 2012 can take advantage of our  ‘Early Bird’ discounts:

Sail Trainer ONLY £120
Host Port /Other ONLY £360  


We have negotiated excellent discounted hotel accommodation rates with the Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija, the Kolonna Hotels Group and the City Hotel Teatre. For those who may wish to spend more time in the Riga area, we have arranged for these discounted rates to extend either side of the convention.

AirBaltic our official airline partner is offering a 20% discount for all booking classes.

ONLY REGISTERED delegates for the conference are entitled to specially discounted rates offered by our hotel partners and airBaltic airline.

Click here to register for the Sail Training International conference!

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Want to sail in Europe this summer?

Posted by Tall Ships America on March 26, 2012

Why not sail in the Irish Sea Tall Ship Regatta, or participate in the race from Lisbon to Cadiz? You could even sail from Coruna to Dublin!  Sail Training International and the Sultanate of Oman are offering to help you try something a little different this summer.
Available to any young person (aged between 15-25) regardless of background, physical ability or sailing experience, the Sultanate of Oman Bursary Scheme will help fund up to 100 young people each year from around the world to benefit from the life-changing experience gained from participation in races and regattas organised by Sail Training International.

The Sultanate of Oman will invest €50,000 to assist young people each year with a particular emphasis on those who are financially disadvantaged or with a physical disability. A maximum of €500 (about $660 US) will be awarded to each selected trainee.
Oman has a long-standing relationship with events organised by Sail Training International and a commitment to youth development. The name of the Navy of Oman’s own ship, Shabab Oman, means ‘Youth of Oman’ and the ship has won our prestigious International Friendship Trophy no fewer than eight times! A huge achievement as the trophy is decided via a secret ballot voted by the participating Captains and their crews.

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