The tall ships return to the Great Lakes!

Join us as the tall ship sail and race throughout the Great Lakes during the summer of 2019. As part of the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Race Series, the tall ships will visit ports in the United States and Canada. Join us as we celebrate the rich maritime history of this extraordinary region and help to bring awareness to the largest body of fresh water in the world. Check the list below to see if the tall ships are coming to a port near you!

Erie Insurance                      Presenting Sponsor

Tall Ships America organizes the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® annual series of tall ship races and maritime port festivals to celebrate our rich maritime heritage and traditions and to inform the general public about the transformative power of adventure and education under sail®. In 2019, the tall ship races are officially sponsored by Erie Insurance. Based in Erie, Pennsylvania, Erie Insurance is a FORTUNE 500 company offering auto, home, business and life insurance through a network of more than 12,000 local independent ERIE agents.

The main goal of Erie Insurance is to support sail training and to put kids on board NIAGARA.  Scholarships are available for high school students to apply on the NIAGARA website.   This is an amazing opportunity and an amazing program!  Click on the link below for more information and the scholarship application.


PORTS Official Festival Name Festival Dates Festival Website
Toronto, ON Redpath Waterfront Festival June 29-July 1
Buffalo, NY Basil Port of Call: Buffalo July 4-7
Cleveland, OH 2019 Cleveland Tall Ships® Festival July 11-14
Bay City, MI Tall Ship Celebration: Bay City July 18-21
Green Bay, WI Nicolet Bank Tall Ships July 26-29
Kenosha, WI Kenosha Tall Ships® 2019 August 1-4
Sarnia, ON Sarnia-Lambton Tall Ships® Celebration 2019 August 9-11
Midland, ON Tall Ships® Midland August 9-11
Kingsville, ON Tall Ships® Kingsville August 16-18
Erie, PA Tall Ships® Erie August 22-25
Brockville, ON Tall Ships® Brockville August 30-September 1


Many of the ships participating in the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Great Lakes 2019 Race Series have berths available.

Click on the vessel to see more information about it, and to find its web site link and start your adventure.
Please note, not all vessels will participate in every TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Festival. Please check host port websites for detailed information about the individual events.




The links below provide important information as you choose the sailing experience best for you.

Choosing a Program

Regulation of U.S. Sail Training Vessels

Take Responsibility for Your Adventure