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August 13, 2018
To the Membership of Tall Ships America and to the Tall Ship Community at Large,

It is with great sadness that I have to report to you that we have lost a great shipmate, colleague, and friend --- Bert Rogers --- Executive Director of Tall Ships America. He was enjoying a reunion with his family in Iowa when he passed away suddenly.

Bert dropped out of college to sail on Romance with Captain Arthur Kimberly, and never looked back. He was a champion of sail training and a true friend to many in our community.

There will be a remembrance of Bert to be held in Gloucester Massachusetts in the coming weeks around Labor Day (details to be announced)

Bert had already announced his plans to transition out of the Executive Director position at Tall Ships America, and while the search for his successor will now be accelerated, the staff will continue with operations as before, and we will update you with interim provisions.

Please join me in expressing condolences to Bert’s family.


Michael Rauworth
Chairman of the Board of Directors
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