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Tall Ships America

The mission of Tall Ships® America is to
encourage character building through sail training,
promote sail training to the North American public,
and support education under sail.

Tall Ships® America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on youth education, leadership development and the preservation of the maritime heritage of North America. In addition to organizing the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Series, Tall Ships® America manages scholarship programs to make sail training experiences more affordable for young people, grant programs to assist crew of member vessels with the costs of professional development courses and licensing requirements and publishes SAIL TALL SHIPS! A Directory of Sail Training and Adventure at Sea.

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6.6 million sail trainees carried on Tall Ships® America member vessels since 1980.

104,000 crew working on Tall Ships America member vessels since 1980

$800,000 scholarship and grant dollars awarded by Tall Ships America since 2000

$175,000 in scholarship and grant dollars awarded by Tall Ships Maine since 2015

Tall Ships® America is the hub for tall ships activity, information, and expertise in North America, and is commended by the United States Congress as the national sail training organization representing the United States.  As a national membership organization, Tall Ships America supports the people, ships and programs of sail training and tall ships through professional development grants, sail training scholarships, conferences, education, publications, regulatory and licensing information, public events and advocacy. 

Tall Ships America organizes the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® annual series of tall ship races and maritime port festivals to celebrate our rich maritime heritage and traditions and to inform the general public about the transformative power of adventure and education under sail®.