Speakers and Sessions – St. Pete 2020

Session presentations are on their way! Check back often. These will be updated as they are received.

As we collect the presentations, we will be adding them to the session description post and will say presentation available. For those without a session description post, the presentation will be listed as a live link at the end of the agenda and you can view the description in the conference program. You can view the conference program here

Pre-Conference Workshop – Monday, February 17, 2020: 1:30 – 5:00p (session cancelled)
Tools and Tactics of a High-Performance Fundraising Plan

Safety Forum – Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Don’t Blame the Battery: Lithium-ion battery technology, challenges, safety and best practices on board (presentation available)

Weather Basics for Up and Coming Tall Ship Sailors (presentation available)

Administrators Forum – Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Key Ingredients for a Successful Grant Program (presentation available)

Selecting and On-Boarding Board Members (panel discussion, no presentation)

Focus Sessions – Wednesday, February 19 and Thursday, February 20, 2020
Keynote Address- Maritime Workforce Development: Challenges and Opportunities

Getting Your Money’s Worth: Improving sponsorship evaluation and building a sustainable strategy (presentation available)

Collaborative Maritime Mentorship for a New Generation (presentation available)

Updates to American Practical Navigator (Bowditch) Concerning Weather (presentation available)

Insurance Coverage for Employees: Knowledge is Power (presentation available)

Going Beyond “Learning by Doing”: Teaching to our goals with intention (presentation available)

Go Green – How to Start Creating Sustainable Events (presentations available)

What have you done for us lately? The schooner Bowdoin’s 30 years at Maine Maritime Academy

Restoration and New Builds: Mayflower II, Maryland Dove, Bowdoin

An Ocean of Outcomes

Where are we now and where are we headed? (presentation available)

In the Wake of Woke: An Introduction to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (presentation available)

How to Pursue a Career in Sail Training (panel discussion, no presentation)

Generating Revenue from Day Sails (presentation available)

Sail Repair Aboard a Tall Ship

AIMing High – Our Journey on the Lettie G. Howard

Concepts and Tools of Experiential Education for Mariners (presentation available)

Set Sail with Volunteers (presentation available)

Square Rig Maneuvering (Niagara presentation available)

Hot Topics in Marine Science

Creating Ocean Literate Sail Trainers (presentation available)

Finding Your Voice: Social Media Tips and Tricks for Tall Ships  (presentation available)

Presentations available for sessions without a designated post (but you can view them in the program via the link at the top of the page):

Review of Medical Practices
Speaker: Dr. Jenn Kabak
Presentation: Medical Mysteries Revealed

Safety Documentation
Speaker: Miranda Baker
Presentation:Safety Documentation
OHP Crew Member Familiarization
OHP Working Aloft Training

Safety Forum: Identifying Risk, Risk Assessment, and Risk Management
Speaker: Captain Jen Haddock
Presentation: Identifying Risk, Risk Assessment, and Risk Management

Admin Forum: Intentional Culture – At Sea and Ashore
Speaker: Simon Colley
Presentation: Intentional Culture

Navigating the Regulatory Seas
Speaker: Captain Jonathan Kabak

General Session: Leadership Development- How do you know?
Speakers: Dr. Kris Von Wald, Executive Director, Tall Ships America
LCDR Jody Maisano, Executive Director, USCGC EAGLE
Presentation: Leadership

Port Forum: Crowd Control and Crisis Management
Speaker: Steve Sutch, Pearsco Solutions
Presentation: Crowd Safety Management 
Audio available upon request:  manager@tallshipsamerica.org


Updated March 4, 2020

The 2019 Sail Training and Port Award Winners

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Annual Sail Training Award winners and Port of the Year. Photo courtesy of Brenda Lange


In case you missed it, we handed out our annual awards at the conference last month. All the winners were nominated by their peers in the tall ship community and we could feel the emotion in the room. These are people who have inspired and encouraged our community to be better, learn more, and love what you do. You can read the criteria, and see past award winners, on our website. View all the photos of the award winners on our Flickr page

                                                          2019 Sail Training Awards

Sail Trainer of the Year: Captain Tiffany Krihwan
Awarded to a member of Tall Ships America who has made a significant contribution to sail training through the demonstration of leadership by means of empowerment and inspiration.

Young Sail Trainer of the Year: Brandi Poort
Awarded to a sail trainer under the age of thirty to encourage and recognize high-performing individuals who deliver the sail training program for young people at sea.

Sail Training Program of the Year: Schooner Roseway
Awarded to a current Tall Ships America member program that significantly contributes to the development of seamanship, navigation skills, teamwork, and leadership skills.

Sea Education Program of the Year: Class Afloat aboard Gulden Leeuw
Awarded to a program offered by a current member of Tall Ships America which has significantly contributed to the educational credibility of programs under sail.

Special Recognition: Joe Sienkiewicz

All of the glass ships for the sail training awards were made by Ships of Glass, Inc.


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All the port award winners. Photo by Brenda Lange

Port of the Year: Tall Ships® Erie
Awarded to a city which has demonstrated significant support of Tall Ships America or a member organization of Tall Ships America and who has furthered public recognition of sail training

Award for Best New Port: Kenosha Tall Ships® 2019

Award for Sail Training and Education: Tall Ships® Erie
Awarded to a city which has demonstrated both effort and success in facilitating youth participation on board TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® participating vessels in the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Races/Cruises in Company, educational programs offered during the event, and educational outreach to the port community.

Award for Operations and Logistics: Nicolet Bank Tall Ships® Green Bay
Awarded to a city based on a review of how efficiently the event was executed.

Award for Marketing and Promotions: Redpath Waterfront Festival Toronto
Awarded to a city which has demonstrated both effort and success in promoting and marketing the event.

Award for the Crew Vote: Tall Ship Celebration: Bay City
Awarded to a city chosen by vessels and crew members as the best port of call. The vote is based on reports from participating vessels and crew, per a standardized questionnaire

Perry Bowl: Pride of Baltimore II
Awarded to the Top Finishing Tall Ships America Member Vessel in the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Race Series

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Perry Bowl winner, Pride of Baltimore II. Photo by Brenda Lange





Thank you!

Allen and RWWasn’t that fun? That was fun! It’s hard to believe we left Florida a week ago. To be honest, it feels like a month ago. Just us?

Nevertheless, we are already planning for next year’s conference and we want to hear from you. For all those that attended, keep an eye out for our post conference survey later today. Send us your thoughts on how this conference went and how it can be improved. We want to hear from you!

We would also like to thank our conference sponsors, Allen Insurance & Financial for sponsoring the Annual Sail Training Awards dinner on Thursday night, and R & W Rope for our spiffy conference bags!

Conference Bags
Spiffy conference bags


A special thank you to Ships of Glass for sponsoring the sail training awards and for being an exhibitor.

Ships of Glass

Thank you to our exhibitors for engaging with our attendees and bringing fun things to play with between sessions.

Exhibitors 2020

Steve Cross

And thank you to our TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Port Partners, Sail Portsmouth and Tall Ships® Boothbay Harbor, for the s’mores!

Sunset S'mores Set up on the beach
Sunset s’mores set up on the beach


Finally, thank you to our wonderful attendees- We love hanging out with you!

You can view photos from the conference on our Flickr page and check out @tallshipsamerica on Instagram for additional content.


Focus Session: Finding Your Voice

Focus Session

Finding Your Voice: Social Media Tips and Tricks for Tall Ships

Patrick Smith, Program Coordinator, Pride of Baltimore Inc.

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Learn how to elevate your program’s social media presence, grow your following, and reach new audiences. The ultimate goal  is to help you tailor your social media strategy to best fit your program while delivering a high quality experience to your followers. We will take a dive into the unspoken rules of social media practices, exploring things like post frequency and content development. The session will also outline how best to cater content to your followers, and highlight the dos and don’t of social media. Participants will gain insight on how to maximize output with a small staff and allocate resources efficiently. Finally, the presentation will provide insights on how to foster creativity in the workplace and how to channel it into helping you “find your voice” across various social media platforms, including YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.


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Patrick is currently the program coordinator with Pride of Baltimore, Inc., the owner and operator of the tall ship Pride of Baltimore II. Patrick joined Pride of Baltimore as a deckhand in March 2014 for the War of 1812 Bicentennial season and again in 2016 for the Great Lakes tour. He joined the office staff in the fall of 2016, acting as a liaison to the ship and largely responsible for coordinating Pride’s social media content. In 2018, Patrick left Pride to work for Chesapeake Conservancy, but returned to Pride as program coordinator in February 2019. He is the proud producer of the “Traditional Tuesday” video series. Patrick is also the social media coordinator and a member of the board of directors of the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race. Patrick is from Baltimore, Maryland, and has a B.A in History from Saint Michaels College. He spends his free time on the water and contends he is a hero in his mother’s eyes.

Focus Session: Creating Ocean Literate Sail Trainers

Focus Session

Creating Ocean Literate Sail Trainers to embrace the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development

Speaker: Laura Lyth, Owner/ Director of Océanie Ltd.

Presentation: Creating Ocean Literate Sailors

Over recent years, there has been an increased focus on the state of the Ocean due to human behaviour and to create Ocean Literate citizens. During this time, Laura Lyth (Entrepreneur, postgraduate Marine Geographer and Sail Trainer), has been promoting Ocean Literate Sail Training at European and International level, thus harvesting valuable information. These discoveries particularly regard the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

This session aims to feedback the findings of her two year pilgrimage; sharing her work thus far, supported by best practice examples from European Sail Training. Following this, there are to be opportunities for delegates to actively share their own experiences. The seminar findings intend to begin a collective action plan, focusing on how the Sail Training community can actively contribute to the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development and the SDGs to embrace Ocean Literacy.

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Laura began UK Sail Training 2004, working up the ranks to professional crew, participating in several STI Tall Ship Races. From 2012, her focus continues to be Ocean Literacy in Sail Training, collaborating on several projects with international operators. Since 2017, she has been an active member of EMSEA, presenting at the 2017 and 2019 conferences. In 2017, she participated in the “IOC-UNESCO International Ocean Literacy” conference. In 2018, she attended UNESCO’s high level scientific conference “From COP21 towards the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030)”. In 2020, she begins a PhD at a prestigious UK Russell Group University, researching Sail Training as an Alternative Education Space.

Outside Sail Training, Laura was a UK Civil Servant for 12 years, serving for the Ministry of Defence (Royal Navy), HM Prison Service, HM Coastguard and Maritime and Coastguard Agency. Laura is now the Owner/ Director of Océanie Ltd.

Admin Forum: Key Ingredients for a Successful Grant Program

Administrators Forum (Tuesday, February 18)

Key Ingredients for a Successful Grant Program

Kate Neubauer, Neubauer Consulting Group LLC, Founder

Presentation: Key Ingredients for a Successful Grant Program

As a nonprofit sail training organization, grants can provide the necessary funding to enhance your programs and impact. In this session, you will learn the winning recipe for grant writing success! We’ll review how to navigate the funding cycle, research and identify funding sources and design a master grant application. We will also discuss how to communicate your nonprofit’s results, identify the metrics that matter, and how you to tell impactful stories that resonate with grantmakers.

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With over 20 years of professional experience in nonprofit management and philanthropy, Kate Neubauer has served in leadership roles for a wide range of environmental, sailing education and mission-based organizations. She is a key problem solver with entrepreneurial passion and loves working with her clients to design innovative strategies that increase organizational capacity and leverage philanthropy for impact. Kate has an extensive portfolio of projects, ranging from grassroots nonprofit organizations to multimillion-dollar capital campaign and currently serves as Board President of Rozalia Project.


Before You Go…

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Don’t forget sunglasses!

We can’t wait to see you next week! As you pack your flip flops and bathing suit, here are a few reminders for all of our attendees.

Did you sign up for the conference shuttle? Today is the last day!

There’s an app! We have an app! Download the conference app! You can view the conference schedule (with speaker bios and session descriptions), build an agenda of the workshops and presentations you want to attend, provide feedback to presenters, receive reminders about events and so much more… Search for EVENTEE in Google Play or the App Store. When you open the app, you’ll see our conference listed as one of the events on the main app page (this only happens once) click on it and Boom!

What to wear? Dress code is “smart casual” – no suits or ties are required for speakers or attendees. Thursday night is our awards night and the theme is Polynesian Prom. Bring your best Hawaiian shirt and grass skirts are accepted!

If it wasn’t on social media, did it even happen? Use the hashtag #tsconference2020 and let everyone know how much fun you are having 🙂

As a reminder, our office will be closed starting Monday, February 17th and will reopen Monday, February 24th. See you in Florida!


Focus Session: Hot Topics in Marine Science

Focus Session

Hot Topics in Marine Science

Dr. Ryan P. Moyer, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
Libby Carnahan, Pinellas County Extension Urban Sustainability Team
Kathleen Moore, James Madison University’s School of Integrated Sciences
Rachael Z Miller, Founder, Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean

Since we work in, on and around the water and we teach about the ocean, lakes and rivers it is important to stay on top of the issues and science affecting our collective venue. This session is dedicated to highlighting some of work currently being done in marine science and conservation shared by experts in their fields. This year, we are excited to feature two local scientists from the Tamp/St. Pete area and a team made up of our own members who are using big data and analytics alongside shipboard science to form a potentially high impact partnership. The three presentations will cover: coastal wetland/mangrove research; climate science as it relates to sea level rise and how that affects the coast and how a partnership blending data science and microplastic sampling can weave together multiple disciplines and assemble data that can lead to solutions. Continue reading