AdventureSail is a jewel in the crown of Women Sailing Foundation/National Women’s Sailing Association and has been expanded in 2021 through partnerships with US Sailing and Tall Ships America! We recognize how important it is to foster an inclusive, safe, culturally competent space where young female sailors are able to grow their love of sailing.

AdventureSail is designed to foster the next generation of female and female identifying sailors. It is important to provide opportunities for sailing early in life and we must break down barriers that prevent all young women and girls from getting out onto the water. AdventureSail intends to engage girls from underserved communities in sailing and sailing activities with the mentorship of female sailors.

Choice of program leaders and the design of individual ship programs are equally important as we are interested in cohesion across all AdventureSail events nationwide and a unifying message in every port.

Please complete the Expression of Interest form and we will get back to you with more information. You will receive guidance on how to reach out in your community to engage girls and young women in this exciting event once your organization is approved as a host by WSF/NWSA, US Sailing, and Tall Ships America.

AdventureSail Day – Aug 14, 2021

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Navigating Uncharted Waters: Planning for Success in Challenging Times

Virtual Conference: February 2021

We were impressed. The virtual event technology and the expertise of the speakers combined to present a stellar event.

We were engaged. Registrations from 271 attendees, 32 content sessions, 4 social events, 32 community boards, 21 exhibitors, and 1,894 messages between attendees – yes, we were engaged.

Every year the sail training and tall ships community of ships’ masters, crew members, program administrators, educators, environmentalists, port representatives, festival managers and more gather for a professional development conference on traditional sail.  Participants focus on making connections with and learning from each other and the experts. Keep your eyes on our events pages to save the date for next time.

Annual Awards Sponsor – Allen Insurance & Financial

Silver Sponsor – R & W Rope

To see information about Tall Ships for the 21st Century, the 47th Annual Conference in St. Pete Beach, Florida, February 17 – 20, 2020, please click here.
To see information about Raising our Sails, Raising a Workforce, the 46th Annual Conference in San Pedro, California, February 25-27, 2019, please click here.

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An emerging resource for Tall Ships America members, these professional development opportunities are now available free to all though registration is required. Join us to keep informed about the most up to date practices, regulations, and opportunities that effect sail training and the tall ships.


Webinar: The Jones Act, General Maritime Law, and Maintenance & Cure in the time of COVID19: What are Your Obligations?
When: Tuesday, 29 September 2020, 14.00-15.00 EDT
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Though tall ship fleet operations look very different than usual this summer, tall ship owners and operators continue to have potential liability to their employees who become ill in the service of the ship. There may also be obligations to third-party visitors and passengers. Following on from our webinar in May and pandemic developments over the summer, this webinar will help you answer the questions: Are you prepared to respond? And do you understand what your insurance does and does not cover should your ship experience COVID19?

Join Chris Richmond of Allen Insurance and Financial, Tall Ships America’s endorsed insurance agency, for a timely and important discussion with maritime attorney Bob Murphy of Holbrook & Murphy, marine insurance underwriter Brett Chase, and marine claims adjuster Will Marrione from Berkley Offshore. The panel will discuss significant claims already paid by insurers under maintenance & cure, wrongful death law suits filed, changes being made to insurance policy language, and how the tall ships community can best take care of crew and passengers in case of infection.


Webinar: Tips and Tools for Experiential Online Training with T. Grant Lewis PhD and CAPT Chris Cusson
When: August 18, 2020, 1300 EDT
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Teaching and learning online is now what we do – all of us. And we can all do better to engage learners of all ages with online content and resources that come alive through interesting and hands-on activities. Join T and Chris as they expand on their successful in-person workshop from our Annual Conference in February to provide practical tips and tools for making your online training a success.


Webinar: Education Onboard and Online – Content-based and workforce training examples from Sultana Education Foundation and Bosun School with Picton Castle
When: July 29, 2020, 1300 EDT
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Education and sail training are fundamental to the Tall Ships America community. The COVID-19 pandemic created a worldwide migration to online everything, and providing a quality online experience is now a priority for everyone. This includes sail training and education aboard the tall ships. This webinar will discuss the process and the product of online education using examples of the school-age and skills-based programs from Sultana’s Virtual Classroom and Bosun School. Chris Cerino from Sultana Education Foundation and Danielle Noble of Picton Castle will offer their insights and advice from their experience of developing and then transitioning their programs to online platforms. To see more about each of these, visit and


Webinar: Risk and a Return to Sailing
When: Wednesday, 27 May 2020, 13.00-14.00
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People are desperate for a return to ‘normal’, and finding a way to get the tall ships and sail training under way is at the top of our list. And yet, a return to operations in a COVID-19 world requires considerations about safety in a dynamic, evolving and uncertain situation. Bill Frederick, founder of Lodestone Safety International and specialist in health, safety and security for educational organizations operating abroad will present issues for consideration when making decisions about a return to operations. Bill will be joined by Shannon McKenzie of Mystic Seaport and Jen Haddock of SEA as they discuss specific implications in the tall ships and sail training environment.


Webinar: The Jones Act
When: Monday, 18 May 2020, 11.00-12.00
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The 100th anniversary of passage of the Jones Act is in 2020 and it is time for a refresher! This webinar provides an overview of the Act, its significance, and the applicability and requirements for the tall ships fleet. Juliette McCullough, a California attorney specializing in maritime law and a former mate for Sea Education Association, will present and CAPT Jonathan Kabak of Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island will facilitate. This webinar is applicable to anyone who has an interest in or is affected by the Jones Act. Submit questions in advance by email to

Bringing together Captains across the fleet, this monthly meeting creates an opportunity to exchange ideas, troubleshoot ship operations, and share resources. The meetings are moderated by Erin Short of Tall Ships America and open to Captains of member and non-member vessels. Participation is free, but registration is required. Click on the link below to be part of the conversation.

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