Last night, an exciting announcement was made regarding Portland’s continued connection to tall ships. At the official unveiling of the official oil painting of Tall Ships Portland 2015, founding member Alex Agnew announced the creation of Sailing Ships Portland, a new nonprofit that provides sail training funds for young people. The painting, a vivid imagining of tall ships sailing into Portland harbor created by noted artist Peter Layne Arguimbau, was sold, and the proceeds will go in their entirety towards sponsoring educational sailing programs on Oliver Hazard Perry. Other unveiled art, by local artist Tom Connolly, was donated towards the tall ships scholarship fund.
Our upcoming festival is an important part of the connection between the city’s rich maritime heritage and the current culture of tall ships. Equally important is the creation of this new nonprofit, with its tall ships scholarship fund that allows young Mainers to experience the life-changing experience of sailing aboard a tall ship. This means that the city’s strong connection to Tall Ships will continue.