Tall Ships America members provide interesting and accessible programming throughout the year when under sail or at the dock. Not even the SARS COV2 pandemic can keep this creative community from engaging people with sail training, tall ships and educational resources. With outreach now available online, members are able to engage people from around the world with their programs and unique vessels. Browse through programs below to learn more about the ships, the people, and the history of America’s traditional sailing community.

Flagship Niagara League: Introduction to Square Rig

Free 6 week online class; Thursdays at 6pm, May 14th – June 18th; open to anyone, accessible to beginners. Visit to register.

Sultana Education Foundation: Virtual Classroom

Sultana Education Foundation’s Virtual Classroom is an online resource for parents, students, and teachers seeking additional support for home-based learning.  The Virtual Classroom features lesson plans drawn from Sultana’s existing Maryland State Department of Education curricula; each with an informative video, written instructional content with comprehension questions, and links to additional resources. Through Virtual Classroom Live!, teachers and youth group leaders can even schedule real-time virtual field trips. Visit to find out more.


Tall ships are a part of our shared human history, and everyone knows that sailors tell the best stories. Join Erin Short of Tall Ships America as she discovers the people behind these iconic vessels and what it truly means to be a traditional sailor in a modern world. Every month, we sit down and get to know each other over a pint of beer or a cup of tea. Sea stories, inspiration, and a little bit of everything else.

Just no shanties, please. 

Season 1

Episode 2 – May 21 – A Little Bathtubby: Captain Mike Fiorentino aboard Schooner Sultana

Join Erin as she chats with Mike Fiorentino, captain aboard Schooner Sultana in Chestertown, Maryland. They discuss sailing to Antarctica, the summer of short shorts, and Sultana’s weird sail plan. Mentioned in this episode: Europa, Pride of Baltimore II, Rock the Boat, Living Classroom Foundation, International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS), South Street Seaport Museum

Episode 1 – May 7 – Tea Sets for Elves: Ian Bova aboard U.S. Brig Niagara

It’s our first episode! Erin chats with Ian Bova, head cook aboard U.S. Brig Niagara in Erie, Pennsylvania ( They talk about the unifying nature of Taco Tuesday, the Dutch love of chocolate sprinkles, and tea sets for elves. Ships mentioned in this episode: Nina and Pinta, Lettie G. Howard, Oosterschelde, Blue Clipper and Draken Harald Hårfagre.

Trailer – April 8 – Talking Ship: Meet Erin Short and A Barque, a Brig, and a Schooner . . .

We love tall ships! We love talking about them, we love being around them, and we love talking to people who sail them. So, while life has slowed down a wee bit during self-quarantining, Tall Ships America’s Erin Short decided that this would be the perfect time to call up some sailor friends and talk ship.  Just, please, no shanties.


Links to and highlights maritime news, laws and regulations.




Focuses on the festivals, races and port events that take place every year.




Highlights our Annual Conference on Sail Training and Tall Ships, including details on sessions and speakers, presentations and handouts, logistics, venue information and much more.


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