Photo by Carol Hill/OHPRI

Iberdrola USA Tall Ships Portland 2015, the event, was designed to entertain and inspire but also to educate and train tomorrow's leaders. In 2015, 17 scholarships with a value of over $40,000 have been awarded to Portland-area youth to sail on board tall ships for one and two week voyages culminating in the Parade of Sail that is Iberdrola USA Tall Ships Portland 2015. These 17 scholars, ages 12 thru 18, will depart from Greenport, NY, Fairhaven, MA and Newport, RI and sail to Maine. Most of them have never spent the night at sea and some of them have never sailed. No matter. When they board their ships, Fritha, Lynx and Picton-Castle, they will join teams of sailors who will rely on them for their safety and their happiness for a week at a time. Click here to see TV coverage of this announcement.

Sailing Ships Portland, the local non-profit which has organized these sailing adventures, will offer 20 berths for adventurous youths next summer. If you are interested in applying to sail next summer, please email us at

In order to learn more about the ships and sailing on them--regardless of your age--we recommend you volunteer at the festival by clicking here.