TALL SHIPS ARE COMING!® TALL SHIPS GALVESTON SETS SAIL FOR NEW MARITIME FESTIVAL APRIL 5-8, 2018
Galveston Island, Texas – For the first time, a fleet of tall ships will sail and race their way along the Gulf Coast to participate in the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Gulf Coast 2018 series of races and public maritime festivals. Kicking off this new event, Galveston Island will play host to the first stop of the 2018 challenge from April 5-8, 2018. Produced by Galveston Historical Foundation, in partnership with Tall Ships America, this family-friendly event will showcase Galveston’s rich maritime history through unique programming and the visiting tall ships. “We are pleased to welcome some of the most beautiful tall ships in the world to our port for the Tall Ship Challenge in 2018,” explains Dwayne Jones, Galveston Historical Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer. “This first-time event for the Gulf coast will bring the world of sailing historic vessels to Galveston Island. It’s a rare opportunity to step aboard a historic tall ship and learn about our maritime history.” While in port, the ships will be open to the public for viewing, and many will feature dockside exhibits and lively interactions with crew. Each ship has its own educational program and mission, providing the public with wide array of ways to participate and sail. In addition to touring the ships, visitors will also have the opportunity to embark on the ships for exhibition sails during the festival. Between each of the ports, the ships will race to the next event. TALL SHIPS® GALVESTON will welcome visiting ships with an exciting Parade of Sail on the afternoon of Thursday, April 5. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, the festival will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for ship tours, live music, vendors, and more. Special evening events will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. including Salute to Sunset happy hours and the 2018 Plankowners’ Syndicate Party & Auction. Full information will be added to www. tallshipsgalveston.com as it becomes available. About TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Tall Ships America’s TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® is an annual series of Tall Ships® races and maritime port festivals that rotates on a three-year cycle between the Atlantic Coast, Great Lakes, Pacific Coast, and Gulf Coast. These events celebrate our rich maritime heritage and traditions, and inform the general public about the transformative power of Adventure and Education Under Sail®. Coordinated by Tall Ships America in collaboration with local organizers, the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® fleet will be hosted at festivals in four ports of call: Galveston, Texas (April 5-8), Pensacola, Florida (April 12-15), New Orleans, Louisiana (April 19-22), and St. Petersburg, Florida (April 26-29). “The member vessels of Tall Ships America help young people develop confidence, competency and courage through the authentic challenges and adventures of seafaring,” said Tall Ships America Executive Director Bert Rogers. “The TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® series is a celebration of our maritime heritage.” “Students and trainees will sail the ships the same way they were sailed in great Age of Sail” added Rogers. “These races follow long distance courses on the open ocean, the ships sail without using engines, all to promote goodwill through friendly competition.” For more information about Tall Ships America or to learn how to sign aboard a tall ship, visit www.tallshipsamerica. org or contact Lori Aguiar at email@example.com or 401-846-1775. About Tall Ships America Tall Ships America is the hub for tall ships activity, expertise, and information in North America, and is commended by the United States Congress as the national sail training organization representing the United States. Founded in 1973, Tall Ships America is a 501c 3 non-profit membership organization dedicated to enriching youth education through character building and leadership programs aboard tall ships. 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 supports the people, ships and programs of sail training through professional development grants, sail training scholarships, conferences, education, publications, regulatory and licensing information, public events and advocacy.