Trainees will engage in the intensity of working as a team to sail Harvey Gamage. Under the guidance of captain and crew, you’ll learn nautical skills such as chart reading and navigation, sailing terminology and technique, as well as the everyday maintenance and upkeep of working and living on a Tall Ship. Aboard our traditionally-rigged schooner, you’ll learn as much about teamwork as navigation, all while experiencing life sailing on the coast of New England.

  • We are currently setting program dates for our 2020 season and will post them by early next year. Please contact Alex Agnew at with questions.

  • A maximum of 26 students will live aboard the ship for the duration of the program, along with a professional crew of nine.

  • The program is open to students ages 13-19.

  • No sailing experience is required.

  • Tuition is $1,250 and includes all meals and lodging. Financial aid is available.

  • All trainees and their parents and/or legal guardians must sign our Code of Conduct Agreement. This Code explains grounds for dismissal, including a zero-tolerance policy for social violations, drugs, tobacco and/or alcohol.

  • Prior to arrival, trainees will receive an informational packet with detailed packing instructions, ship policies and other practical guidelines. They’ll also be asked to submit registration documents one month prior to the program start date.

  • Sailing Ships Maine will provide any high school student a one semester elective letter of credit for active participation in one of our week-long programs (credit provided by Falmouth High School in Maine). Click here for a description of the academic curriculum. 

  • Trainees must provide their own personal clothing, footwear and foul-weather gear.

Please visit our FAQ page for more detail or contact us to apply.

We’re also interested in working with groups and love to customize programs to fit your educational goals. We offer group discounts for additional weeks from May to October. For more information, please email

Photo Credit: Baxter Academy

Photo Credit: Baxter Academy