Membership - American Sail Training Association

Support Adventure and Education Under Sail!


Tall Ships America has been working hard for over 40 years to support the people, ships, and programs of sail training.  In that time, the fleet has grown from a few ships to hundreds; sail training programs have become more diverse and sophisticated; and thousands of professional crew and millions of student trainees have been tested and tempered by the challenges of the sea. This progress has only been possible thanks to the dedicated support of people like you.

Your support makes our work possible, and we are deeply grateful. So too are the “end users” - the students, teachers and trainees who explore the maritime world in educational programs offered aboard our member vessels. Creating real-life stories of personal growth, discovery, self-confidence and competency is what Tall Ships America and sail training are all about.

Tall Ships America has been an indispensable resource for advancing the profession and the practice of education under sail, supporting talented young seafarers at every step of their careers. 

The results of the last four decades make the case that Tall Ships America should continue and expand our service in the decades to come.  We look forward to sailing with you for the next leg of this great voyage, and we thank you for your support.


Your support has a profound value to the people we serve, and we’ve included some of their stories here. 

  1. Click here to read quotes from young scholarship recipients who have been inspired and transformed by their experience at sea, as well as a profile of long standing member Captain Aaron Singh, who quite literally grew up immersed in the sail training “zone of opportunity” that is our mission to sustain.  He remains dedicated to the field, carrying forward the values of education under sail to the next generation.
  2. Read here how sail training inspires the full spectrum of its participants, from elementary school students to post-graduate young adults. Read how sail training empowered one young trainee to turn her love for the ocean into a rewarding professional career.
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