Tall Ships Portland 2016

After the success of the festival the year before, we decided to concentrate our efforts in 2016 on the mission of bringing together our local youth and these great towers of sail.  Working with the tall ships Oliver Hazard Perry, Fritha, and Alamar, we sent a total of 28 teens on voyages ranging from Penobscot Bay to Newport, R.I.  Some classes had smooth sailing the entire way, and others encountered seas on the bow; but they all finished their journey wanting to hop right back on board.  With the steadfast support of amazing parents and families, there is now a growing community of Mainers who have witnessed the life-changing effect of these ships.

Even more excitement could be found in the first two weeks of June when the impressive reproduction El Galeon sailed up to the city waterfront, and opened up for public tours for 13 straight days. A reproduction of a Spanish Galleon from the Age of Exploration, local school groups toured the vessels in the mornings, locals and tourists alike walked the decks in the afternoon, and the evenings were filled with music and dancing as local sponsors hosted grand parties beneath the towering rig.  In the middle of the visit, the Atlantic Cup arrived from New York and with it a fleet of fast Class 40 racing boats.  With the help of an army of tireless volunteers, patient business owners, and our devoted sponsors, it was a visit enjoyed by all.

2016 voyage blog

From our very first sail from Buzzard's Bay in early July to our final adventure around the secret anchorages and beautiful scenery of Penobscot Bay, you can follow the trials, tribulations, and triumphs that belonged to the Class of 2016.


the return of el galeon!

An article by our sponsor the Portland Press Herald as the towering El Galeon Andalucia arrived back in Portland on her way north into the Great Lakes.  With 12 days of school visits, public tours, and evening parties, it was a summer to remember!


El Galeon On the Town

With the help of a myriad of local sponsors, the crew of El Galeon were able to enjoy a grand day out in Portland; from beer tastings to baseball, tugboats to trolley rides, they were shown all our city has to offer visiting tall ships. Check out the gallery below!

With thanks to our 2016 sponsors