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!
In 2018, we are hosting three Tall Ships.
Schooner Harvey Gamage will do Parade of Sail Ride-ins,
2-hour Day Sails and 2-hour Sunset Cruises
The fully rigged, three masted ship Oliver Hazard Perry
will open for ship tours throughout Sail Portsmouth 2018.
Schooner Roseway will take passengers on an all-day
sail from Portsmouth to Boston Harbor
Sail Portsmouth 2018, the TALL SHIPS celebration, starts on Wednesday July 25, 2018 with ever popular PARADE OF SAIL beginning at the mouth of the Piscataqua Rive at approximately 11:00 AM. It will proceed up the river to the Memorial Bridge and may be viewed from various spots along the river. The following day, Thursday, July 26, Sail Portsmouth officially begins with Opening Ceremonies at the Sail Portsmouth site at 9:30 AM. The Oliver Hazard Perry opens for tours at 10:00 AM and will be open every day during Sail Portsmouth from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM. The Harvey Gamage will leave the UNH Pier for day sails each day from Thursday through Sunday. There are four two-hour sails on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and three on Sunday. The Roseway will depart on Thursday, July 26 from Portsmouth Yacht Club for an all-day voyage to Boston Harbor.
Sail Portsmouth is headquartered where the Oliver Hazard Perry docks, the Commercial Fish Pier, 1 Pierce Island Road, Portsmouth. The pier is near historic Strawbery Banke Museum and directly across from the Portsmouth Gundalow dock in Prescott Park. The Harvey Gamage sails depart from and return to the UNH Pier, Sullivan Lane, New Castle Island. The Boston Voyage on the Roseway will depart from the Portsmouth Yacht Club, 76 Piscataqua Street, New Castle.
Tickets for Sail Portsmouth including the Tall Ship tours are available at the gate, on this site and on the Sail Portsmouth Facebook page. Children under 8 are free.
Tickets for Parade of Sail Ride-in, the Voyage to Boston, the 2-hour Day Sails and 2-hourSunset Cruises are all available exclusively on this site and the Sail Portsmouth Facebook page. Children under the age of 8 are not permitted aboard the Harvey Gamage or Roseway.
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.
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.
The Piscataqua Maritime Commission will host the Captain's Reception on Saturday July 28 at 6:00 PM. We will recognizes the Captains and Crews of the tall ships as well as the many sponsors who make this tall ship celebration possible.
Volunteer's Barbecue and Celebration
Sail Portsmouth is possible without all our wonderful volunteer's. In appreciation of all their work, PMC will host a dockside barbecue for all volunteers on Sunday July 29. The ship will be open for tours so those volunteers who have not had to chance may explore this remarkable vessel.
Private On-board Receptions
Is your group interested in hosting a catered, evening reception aboard the Tall Ship Oliver Hazard Perry on Thursday or Friday? We can help make it happen. It is a classy way for businesses to thank customers and clients, or non-profits to thank donors. It could also be a fun event for you club or association. For more information, please call Phil at 603-833-0844.
Become a Member
If you are interested in Tall Ships, Maritime History or giving a leg-up to deserving youth, please consider joining the PMC, you may want to consider becoming a member. The PMC is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization with no paid staff. We depend on members, volunteers and sponsor to achiev our mission. Please contact us using the Contact Us drop-down menu at the top of this page if you want to know more about membership.