Each year at the Annual Conference on Sail Training and Tall Ships, Tall Ships America honors a select group of sail trainers and supporters for their outstanding contributions to the world of sail training. Candidates are nominated by the membership and the final winners are selected by the Tall Ships America Board of Directors and Staff.
Award categories are:
Lifetime Achievement: Awarded to an individual who has dedicated his/her life's work to getting people to sea under sail and who has worked to preserve the traditions and skills of sail training.
2016 Sail Trainer of the Year: Awarded to a member of Tall Ships America who has made a significant contribution to sail training through the demonstration of leadership by means of empowerment and inspiration.
2016 Sail Training Program of the Year: Awarded to a current member program that significantly contributes to the development of seamanship, navigation skills, teamwork, and leadership skills. The program must be offered aboard a USCG (or national equivalent) inspected vessel, must be offered by certified/qualified personnel, must have clear training goals and a curriculum which is compatible to the Tall Ships America sail training logbook and must offer students the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge at sea by participating as active trainees in the running of the vessel.
2016 Sea Education Program of the Year: Awarded to a program offered by a current member of Tall Ships America which has significantly contributed to the educational credibility of programs under sail. The program must be offered in conjunction with a school, school system, school group or other recognized educational institution, must have a clear curriculum of educational goals which are compatible with curriculum goals of traditional schools and must have qualified instructors on a certified vessel.
2016 Volunteer of the Year: Awarded to an individual member of Tall Ships America who has significantly advanced our overall mission.
Please describe in letter format (approx. 500 words) how the individual or organization meets the award criteria and why you feel they should receive the award for which you are nominating them. Additional information can
be attached to support
your nomination if
appropriate (e.g. brochure
additional references, supporting letters or emails etc.)
- All members in good standing are eligible to nominate candidates for the 2016 Sail
- Nominees must be current members of Tall Ships America.
- Members are permitted to nominate their own organizations/programs.
- With the exception of Lifetime Achievement Award, individuals/ organizations/ programs can be nominated even if they have received the award in prior years.