And so they came from all over the world to icy, beautiful, historic, Quebec City. We are currently holed up at Tall Ships America HQ, weathering the latest winter storm and catching up on all things sail training. It is hard to believe, that after two years of planning and anticipation, our annual conference is over. It was, in a word, awesome. Sailors, sail trainers and tall ship enthusiasts from all parts of the globe (over 450 delegates! Our largest conference ever!) converged at the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac to discuss what we love best – sailing, tall ships and sharing our passion for both of those things. The last time we hosted a joint conference with our European counterparts, Sail Training International, was in 2008. For those of us who attended in Halifax, we knew what to expect and we weren’t disappointed. It is utterly fascinating to speak to other people about sail training. While fundamentally we are all about the ships and getting people on board those ships, the cultural differences in the approaches and the new ideas we heard are what make these joint conferences so valuable. If you missed it, presentations will be up on the blog next week (it will be announced). Some presentations were filmed.
In the meantime, here are some award highlights. First up were the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Atlantic Coast 2015 awards:
Sail Training/Education Awarded to: Iberdrola USA Tall Ships® Portland
Operations and Logistics Awarded to: Greenport TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® 2015
Ship/Crew Vote Awarded to: Iberdrola USA Tall Ships® Portland
Economic Impact Awarded to: Greenport TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® 2015
Marketing and Promotions Awarded to: Tall Ships® Philadelphia-Camden
The Perry Bowl is awarded to the tall ship that wins the most races over the summer. This year’s award went to N.R.P Sagres
The Port of the Year was awarded to Greenport TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® 2015
At the end of the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE(r) Awards, we recognized a very special person – Gene McKeever, with Allen Insurance and Financial. He has been instrumental in helping our member vessels with all of their insurance needs that, and he is the most delightful person that we know. He is retiring in May and it is sure going to be quiet around the insurance world. Gene, you will be missed!
Congratulations to all of our winners! Next up, in Part 2 tomorrow, our Sail Training Awards.
Sail Training International will be posting all of the photos from the conference this week.