Membership - American Sail Training Association

International Sail Training & Tall Ships
Conference 2008
Call for Speakers

Organized by Sail Training International and the American Sail Training Association

For the first time the International Sail Training & Tall Ships Conference is to be held outside of Europe. Joining forces with the American Sail Training Association (ASTA), Sail Training International is holding this year’s event in Halifax, Canada on 14 -15 November. This letter is a call for Conference Speakers.

There are two overall themes for the Conference as follows: 

  • Sail Training - ‘Best Practices for Sail Training – Why we do it and how we do it’.
  • Host Ports – ‘Working Together – Measuring and Maximising the Benefits of Partnering with the Sail Training Industry’.

Within the overall themes there is scope for presentations on a wide variety of topics. Some ideas for which we are looking for speakers for are:

Sail Training

  • Characteristics of an effective sail training programme
  • Recruitment of Trainees – remaining competitive
  • Voyages for the Disabled/Special Needs
  • Medicine at Sea
  • Navigating the Regulatory Seas
  • Protecting the Marine Environment
  • Incident analysis
  • Risk Management

Host Ports

  • Risk Management – security, crowd control, inclement weather, etc.
  • Ingredients for a successful event.
  • Ship Recruitment.
  • Trainee Placements.
  • Corporate Hospitality
  • Economic Impact Studies
  • Media Relations & Management

Other suggestions are welcome.

Conference Program

The Conference will be divided up into a number of sessions and workshops on each day. Some of the sessions will be repeated on the same day to allow more delegates to attend each session.

In some cases one speaker may be the sole presenter for a session but in most cases there will be a principle speaker and either one or two other speakers for each session.

Each session will last for 1 hour and 15 minutes. It is planned that speakers should jointly occupy not more than 50 minutes of the allocated time for each session, leaving at least 25 minutes available for questions.

We would like to hear from anyone who is interested in presenting at the conference on either one of the proposed topics or on another topic. If you are interested please let us know by replying to this email by 30 May.

Conference Sponsors


Tall Ships America • 221 3rd St., Bldg. 2, Ste. 101• Newport, RI 02840 USA • (401) 846-1775 •