Membership - American Sail Training Association

11th Annual Maritime Heritage Conference
and the
45th Annual Conference on Sail Training And Tall Ships
February 14-17-, 2018

New orleans, louisiana


Professional Development Conference Grants For Crew


Tall Ships America will once again provide low cost conference registration fees to crew through Professional Development Crew Grants funded through the Liz Strojny Memorial Fund.. The grants are for the full 3-day Conference including Safety Under Sail Forum or Educators and Administrators Forum, and will reduce the registration fee from $395 to $100. (Travel and accommodations are not included).  Grants are very limited!

To be eligible for a Professional Development Conference Grant candidates must:

  • Demonstrate that you have sailed as a student trainee, paid or volunteer crewmember (1st – 4th Mate, Bosun, Engineer, AB, OS, Deckhand, Educator) aboard a Tall Ships America member vessel(s) for not less than 6 weeks within past 24 months.

Applications should be submitted by email or fax as a written request to:  Fax: 401-849-5400 and include documentation (letter from captain or employer, record of sea time etc.) demonstrating that the applicant meets the above criteria.

Applications must be received no later than January 4, 2018.

Applicants will be notified of the decision no later than January 6, 2018.

Crew Grants will be awarded based on the following criteria:
1. Date of Application
2. Ensuring a geographic and demographic diversity of awardees
3. Demonstrated commitment to continued involvement in sail training and sea education
No more than two grants will be given to applicants representing a single member organization (however more than two awardees may have sailed previously with a member organization).

Questions regarding the application process should be directed to Lori Aguiar, Tall Ships America Director of Operations,


All donations to the Liz Strojny Memorial Fund are used to fund Professional Development Conference Crew Grants. Please consider making a donation.


Become a conference crew grant sponsor:

Your $5000 sponsorship will provide 15 crew grants

Benefits include:
~Logo recognition in conference program, on conference website, blog, & social media
~logo recognition in Sea History
~Full conference registration for 1 (includes evening receptions and Saturday Awards Gala)
~Exhibitor table
~1-year (2018) membership in Tall Ships America at the appropriate level.

Contact Lori Aguiar

Tall Ships America • 221 3rd St., Bldg. 2, Ste. 101• Newport, RI 02840 USA • (401) 846-1775 •