Our 2017 Award Winners

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)

Volunteer of the Year Nelson Chin 2017

Sail Trainer of the Year – Captain Jennifer Haddock

Sail Trainer of the Year Jen Haddock

Leadership Award – Captain Peg Brandon

Leadership Award Peg Brandon

Sea Education Program – NOAA Basic Officer Training Class aboard USCGC Eagle

Sea Education Program NOAA EAGLE

Sail Training Program – Bermuda Sloop Foundation and Spirit of Bermuda

Sail Training Program Bermuda

Special Recognition – Lori Aguiar

Special Recognition Lori Aguiar

Port of the Year – Sail Boston

Port of the Year Sail Boston

Lifetime Achievement Award – Captain Phil Watson, Schooner Bluenose II (photo credit Alan Creaser)

Phil Watson photo alan creaser


Happy Turkey Day!

Happy Turkey Day Register Early

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.

You still have time to submit your sail training nominations, too!

General information is on our website.

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Crew Grants are still available!


You get a crew grant! And you get a crew grant!

*UPDATE 11.27.2017: Crew Grants have been filled*

Just in time for Thanksgiving –  We have crew grants available!

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:

  • Be a Tall Ships America Associate Level or Crew Level member in good standing.
    (Not a member? Become one now!) 
  • 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:

  1. Date of Application
  2. Ensuring a geographic and demographic diversity of awardees
  3. 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, lori@tallshipsamerica.org

Conference grants are funded through the Liz Strojny Memorial Fund. All proceeds donated go towards sending crew to our annual conference. Donate to the Liz Strojny Memorial Professional Development Conference Grants for Crew.

Additional information about the conference on our website.


Wanted: Presenters for the 2018 Conference

Photo by Max

Have something to say? I know you do. I’ve met most of you.

We are currently looking for presenters at our annual conference in New Orleans in February.

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.

We’d love to hear from you! More information about being a presenter is here (PDF)

Deadline is November 1st

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2018 Conference Registration is now open!



Early Bird conference registration is now OPEN! Click here to register for the 11th Maritime Heritage Conference and the 45th Annual Conference on Sail Training and Tall Ships

This year’s conference is in New Orleans, 15-17 February 2018. As in year’s past, we plan to have crew grant opportunities (to be announced). Safety Forum and Education Forum will be on February 14th.

There is more information about the conference on our website. Sign up for this blog to get all the news delivered to your inbox and you won’t miss anything important.

*Young Frankenstein will never not be funny for this announcement. Go ahead and watch the movie already.

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Registration opens September 1

Start saving those pennies!


Early Bird registration for the 11th Maritime Heritage Conference and the 45th Annual Conference on Sail Training and Tall Ships opens on September 1st.

Join us 15-17 February, at the New Orleans Marriott – French Quarter.

The Theme for the conference is Our Maritime Communities-Stronger Together. The Conference will offer a combination of focus sessions, plenary sessions, forums and Maritime Heritage paper presentations encompassing a broad array of topics.

Register now before prices increase by $100 at midnight November 30th.

Interested in being a sponsor? Head over to the website for more information.