Membership - American Sail Training Association

Meetings and Events

Annual Conference on Sail Training and Tall Ships

Tall Ships America's Annual Conference on Sail Training and Tall Ships gathers ships' masters, port representatives, public officials, marine suppliers, naval architects, program administrators, festival managers, preservationists, environmentalists, crewmembers, and educators.  Topics concerning vessel operations, regulatory issues, management, educational programming, and safety at sea are addressed each year, as are sessions on media relations, marketing, funding, communications, and port event organization. Tall Ships America's Annual Conference on Sail Training and Tall Ships is both fun and informative and offers oceans of networking opportunities.

Click here for information on the 2014 41st Annual Conference on Sail Training and Tall Ships

Safety Under Sail Forum

Initiated in 1992, the Safety UnderSail Forum expands the international dialogue among professional mariners by presenting case studies of actual incidents at sea, discussing emerging technologies, and sharing “best practices” so as to constantly insure a high level of safety and professionalism in the sail training industry. Professionals engaged in sail training, sea education, vessel operations, and tall ship events from throughout the world participate in this annual symposium. Topics covered have included preparing for heavy weather, hypothermia, technology and forecasting, survival gear and much more.  The Safety Forum is held in conjunction with the Annual Conference on Sail Training and Tall Ships. 

Education Under Sail Forum

The Education Under Sail Forum made its grand premiere in Chicago in 2000.  The first of what has now become a program-focused complement to the Safety Under Sail Forum.  The Education Under Sail Forum is held in conjunction with the Annual Conference on Sail Training and Tall Ships.  The forum is designed to inform and inspire excellence in the development and delivery of educational experiences under sail, and overflows with creative exchanges among captains, crew, administrators, teachers, program developers, curriculum designers, and others. 

Regional Meetings - Overview

Regional-Atlantic, Pacific and Great Lakes-meetings are held in the Fall.  These meetings are less formal than our annual conference, but like the conference, we encourage our professional members to submit ideas for locations and topics.

The regional meetings offer an opportunity for the host to showcase their facility and programs while providing an intimate setting for attendees to network.  A typical regional meeting may include a tour, special presentation, safety demonstration, day sail, luncheon and reception.

If your organization would like to host a regional meeting, please send a letter of interest along with a proposed agenda to Lori Aguiar, Dierctor of Operations, Tall Ships America asta@tallshipsamerica.org.

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