Membership - American Sail Training Association

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

Boston, Massachusetts

TALL SHIPS AMERICA is pleased to announce that the 44th Annual Conference on Sail Training and Tall Ships which took place in Boston, Massachusetts on February 9 & 10, 2017 was a huge success.  The conference will be preceded by the Safety Under Sail Forum, the Educators and Administrators Forum and the Host Ports Seminar on February 8. Two-hundred and thirty (230) delegates braved the snow and joined us in Boston over the course of the 3-day conference.


The Theme for the conference was The Way of a Ship: Linking our History, Heritage and Future.  The Conference was 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

Tall Ships America's Annual Conference on Sail Training and Tall Ships gathers hundreds of 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 Safety Under Sail Forum expands the dialogue among professional mariners by presenting case studies of actual incidents at sea, discussing emerging technologies, and sharing “best practices” so as to constantly insure a high level of safety and professionalism in the sail training industry. Professionals engaged in sail training, sea education, vessel operations, and tall ship events participate in this annual symposium.

The Educators and Administrators Forum is designed to inform and inspire excellence in the development and delivery of educational experiences under sail as well as address organizational sustainability. Going beyond just “how-to” educate, the forum covers a wide variety of topics including the latest in teaching techniques and resources, establishing successful partnerships with schools, communities and others, marketing, fundraising, development and more. The Educators and Administrators Forum is for educators AND those responsible for the marketing, development, sustainability and community outreach of educational programs under sail!



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