Membership - American Sail Training Association

44th Annual Conference
on Sail Training And Tall Ships 2017
February 8- 10, 2017

Boston, Massachusetts


The Way of a Ship: Linking our History, Heritage and Future
44th Annual Conference on Sail Training and Tall Ships
Bosyon,MA ~ February 8-10, 2017
Tall Ships America’s 44th Annual Conference on Sail Training and Tall Ships will take place in Boston, Massachusetts on February 9 & 10, 2017.  The conference will be preceded by the Safety Under Sail Forum, the Educators and Administrators Forum and the Host Ports Seminar on February 8.
Tall Ships America invites you to become involved in the
2017 Conference as a presenter.

The Tall Ships America Annual Conference on Sail Training and Tall Ships gathers ships' masters, crewmembers, program administrators, educators, environmentalists, port representatives, festival managers and more for an information-packed three day conference. Topics include vessel operations, regulatory issues, management, educational programming, and safety at sea, as well as media relations, marketing, funding, communications, and port event organization. The Tall Ships America Annual Conference on Sail Training and Tall Ships is both fun and informative and is known for its high “take away value”, networking opportunities and camaraderie.

The Theme for the conference is The Way of a Ship: Linking our History, Heritage and Future.  The Conference will be organized around six main topic areas:

  • Crew Training, Development, Retention
  • Ship’s Operations & Safety, Navigation, Marine Weather
  • Educational Programming, Maritime History and Marine Science, Training for Careers at Sea
  • Tall Ships events and Host Port Organizers
  • Administration, Organizational Sustainability, Marketing, Fund Development
  • Historic ship preservation and utilization

We invite you to share your knowledge and experience in one of these six areas with Tall Ships America members.


Focus Session Information
Each session lasts 75 minutes. Speakers jointly occupy 45 - 55 minutes of the allotted time for each session, leaving 20 - 30 minutes for questions/discussions depending on the topic. Sessions may include a single presenter, co-presenters or a small panel. Speakers should make the sessions as interactive as possible to include audience participation through discussion or activity. Session rooms are set in banquet rounds. An LCD projector, screen and laptop (PC/Windows/MS Office) are provided in each session room. Additional audio visual equipment is the responsibility of each presenter.

Presentation Application Process
Please submit a 500 word (or less) summary of your presentation idea that includes your objectives, the intended audience, and the “take-away” value for the audience. We encourage proposals that address the conference theme, but this is not required. Your submission must include the following:

  1. A working title
  2. A concise paragraph of 150 words or less describing your proposed session, to be printed in the conference program. (Tall Ships America reserves the right to edit submissions.)
  3. The format you envision (panel, individual presenter, co-presenters or interactive workshop)
  4. Your name, contact information (email and phone number) and that of any co-presenters.
  5. A brief biography (150 words or less) for each presenter.
  6. Special requests regarding room set-up.
  7. Any audio visual requirements in addition to the standard room set-up mentioned above.
Deadlines and Selection Process
The deadline for submitting proposals is October 14, 2016.
The proposals will be reviewed by the Conference Steering committee and you will be notified of a decision no later than November 1, 2016. The committee is looking for sessions that are substantive, innovative and interactive and relate to one or more of the five main topics listed above.

All presenters will be required to submit an electronic copy of the session by January 16, 2016. These will be posted on the Tall Ship America website following the conference. Please, no overt promotion of a specific company or product. If you will use handouts (recommended), plan on supplying 50 copies.

Presenter Policy
Tall Ships America appreciates the valuable contributions that mariners, educators and administrators make by speaking at this conference. Speakers serve as volunteers and do not receive compensation. Tall Ships America will not pay for travel, lodging, meals, or other expenses associated with the conference. Presenters are expected to register and pay for the conference, but may be considered for a reduced registration fee. This fee reduction does not apply to large panel participants.

Thank you for helping make this year’s conference informative and educational! We look forward to reading your proposals.
Please email your proposal to:
Attn: Tall Ships America Conference Steering Committee

All proposals must be received not later than October 14,2016.
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