Every year, Tall Ships America and our member community recognize those who have made a difference this past year. Here are our 2017 Sail Training Award Winners.
This year, we presented the Leadership Award for the first time. It is awarded to member of Tall Ships America who has made a significant contribution to sail training through the demonstration of leadership at executive or senior levels, and whose impact has been felt by the sail training community at large, beyond that of their own organization. For more information on the below awards criteria, go to our website.
Volunteer of the Year – Nelson Chin (award accepted by Captain Richard Dorfman)
Sail Trainer of the Year – Captain Jennifer Haddock
Leadership Award – Captain Peg Brandon
Sea Education Program – NOAA Basic Officer Training Class aboard USCGC Eagle
Sail Training Program – Bermuda Sloop Foundation and Spirit of Bermuda
Special Recognition – Lori Aguiar
Port of the Year – Sail Boston
Lifetime Achievement Award – Captain Phil Watson, Schooner Bluenose II (photo credit Alan Creaser)
In leiu of donations to The Human Fund, we invite you to partake in this most sacred of made up holidays by registering for the conference. We won’t be requiring any feats of strength, just click on over to the registration form and fill ‘er out (airing of grievances might come a bit later though). It’s a Festivus Miracle!
You got this. Avoid the crowds and sleep in. The easiest deal this year is the one you get by registering early for the conference. Register today and save $100 when the fees increase on Friday, December 15st.
Since you got so much sleep and are firing on all cylinders, you should also consider nominating a sail trainer or a sail training organization for our annual sail training awards.
Wee! It’s the most magical holiday of all – a whole day of eating, drinking, and merrymaking. Why don’t you grab that leftover turkey sandwich, head over to the computer and register for the conference? Early registration ends on December 15 and then the fee goes up $100. Missing this opportunity would not be merry. Not merry at all.
Conference Professional Development grants are for the full 3-day Conference and Safety or Education Under Sail Forum, and will reduce the registration fee from $695 to $100. (Travel and accommodations not included).
To be eligible for a Conference Professional Development grant candidates must:
Demonstrate that you have sailed as a student trainee, paid or volunteer crewmember (1st – 4th Mate, Bosun, Engineer, AB, OS, Deckhand, Educator) aboard a Tall Ships America member vessel(s) for not less than 6 weeks within past 24 months.
Crew grants will be awarded based on the following criteria:
Date of Application
Ensuring a geographic and demographic diversity of awardees
Demonstrated commitment to continued involvement in sail training and sea education
No more than two grants will be given to applicants representing a single member organization (however more than two awardees may have sailed previously with a member organization).
Applications should be submitted by email or fax as a written request to: Lori@tallshipsamerica.org Fax: 401-849-5400 and include documentation (letter from captain or employer, record of sea time etc.) demonstrating that the applicant meets the above criteria.
The deadline for applications is January 4. All recipients will be notified no later than January 6.
Questions regarding the application process should be directed to Lori Aguiar, Tall Ships America Director of Operations, email@example.com
We are always looking for helpful, practical and real world information to provide our attendees. Additionally, if you have met someone who you think would be a great presenter on a relevant and interesting topic, encourage them to apply. There is so much we can learn from others who haven’t traditionally spoken to our tall ship community. Take a look at our past conferences to get an idea of topics and sessions.