Sail Portsmouth NH



The Tall Ships are back in 2018

The Piscataqua Maritime Commission proudly hosts Sail Portsmouth each summer, again in 2018 bringing Tall Ships to the New Hampshire Seacoast. Activities include the Parade of Sail, Deck Tours, Captain's Reception, Day Sails, Exhibits, Food, Music, and Souvenirs! A fun event for pirates of all ages!


The Vessels

In 2018 we will host two ships, the Roseway and the Oliver Hazard Perry









The Sail Portsmouth TALL SHIPS celebration will begin on Wednesday July 25, 2018 with the PARADE OF SAIL.  The exact time will be determined and announced.  At the conclusion of the Parade of Sail, the Oliver Hazard Perry will dock at the Portsmouth Fish Pier and the Roseway will dock in New Castle at the UNH Pier.  The Opening Ceremonies will be held at 9:30 AM Thursday July 26 and the Oliver Hazard Perry will open for tours beginning at 10:00 AM.  Tours will be from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM Thursday July 26 through Sunday July 29.  The Roseway will leave the UNH Pier for day sails each day from Thursday through Sunday.  Exact times will be announced.


Sail Portsmouth is headquartered where the Oliver Hazard Perry will be docked at the Portsmouth Fish Pier on Pierce Island located just across from historic Strawbery Banke Museum and the Portsmouth Gundalow dock.  The Roseway will provide day sails leaving from the UNH Pier on New Castle Island


Tickets for Tall Ship tours are $10. Children under 12 years-old are free.  Event tickets are available on-line (CLICK HERE) sold at the gate.

Tickets for 2-hour day sails in the ocean (except during inclement weather when they may be in the river) are $60 per passenger. Children under the age of 8 are not permitted aboard.

The Parade of Sail

Boat owners are encouraged to join the thrilling Parade of Sail up the Piscataqua and escort the Tall Ships to their berths.  When the weather permits, the Hampton High Flyers provide aerial cover.  Joined by fireboats from the Navy and local fire departments, the Parade of Sail is best witnessed from the good viewing spots on Four Tree Island, the Kittery Point Yacht Club and the Memorial Bridge sidewalk in Portsmouth, the Portsmouth Yacht Club and Great Island Common on New Castle Island, and Ft. Foster in Kittery, Maine.  Don't miss it.

Welcoming Ceremony

A Welcoming Ceremony officially opens Sail Portsmouth each year. During the ceremony, the PMC and local dignitaries and politicians make sure the ships, their captains and crews and our visitors feel welcome to be part of the celebration.

Captain's Reception

The Piscataqua Maritime Commission will host the Captain's Reception on Saturday July 28 at 6:00 PM.  This dinner recognizes the Captains and Crews of the tall ships as well as the many sponsors that make this event so exciting for our community.  Limited tickets are available.  Please check back for details.

Volunteer's Reception and Celebration

No event is possible without our wonderful volunteer's.  PMC will host a celebration for all volunteers on Sunday July 29.

Become a Member

If you are interested in ships and the Seacoast, consider joining the PMC.  Look here for the benfits of membership, coming soon.