ABOUT Our Mission

The mission of Tall Ships® Maine is to encourage character building of the youth of Maine through sailing.

Tall Ships® Maine is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and is the first official chapter of Tall Ships® America. We provide accredited experiential education for teenagers on board tall ships.

We believe that the experience of sailing on board a tall ship as part of the crew for a week changes teens' perspectives and helps them develop leadership and teamwork skills. We expect to send 100 students to sea in 2018 on 7 voyages with 6 partner schools and youth groups.

To support our mission, we organize yearly tall ships events such as the SchoonerFest Regatta and the Tall Ships Weekend and major events such as 2015's Iberdrola USA Tall Ships Portland and the Maine bicentennial tall ships event currently in planning for July 2020.