Maine’s seafaring heritage is one of our most enriching cultural, economic and educational resources. Tall Ships Portland delivers an experiential sail training mission that builds upon this important history with contemporary programs that change the lives of Maine students who are otherwise disconnected to our maritime history and economy.
Our goal in 2017 is to send 100 Maine students to sea - many of these children are low income. Maine students will become active crewmembers of ships such as SSV Oliver Hazard Perry, completed in 2016 as the most modern tall ship in the United States and now making historic voyages to Cuba, Bermuda and to the Arctic Northwest Passage.
To achieve our 100 Student Summer, we ask you to consider sponsoring full or partial scholarships for students who do not have the financial means to benefit from these experiences.
As a Tall Ships Portland partner, you have the ability to change the direction of a student’s life by helping to provide them with the opportunity to go sailing for a week on a tall ship. You have the chance to spark a lifelong interest in sailing, to focus a young adult’s attention on the possibility of a maritime career and to help them absorb life lessons years earlier than their peers. Our programs are so impactful that that one of our leading Maine high schools has awarded Tall Ships Portland 1-week programs a semester credit for a single week of tall ship sailing.
Please join us as a positive influence on this next generation of Maine students by connecting them to an education at sea.
-Alex Agnew, President, Tall Ships Portland 207-619-1842 (Registered name is Sailing Ships Portland)