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Sail Portsmouth 2020 Events cancellation announcement
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Thank You Message from Allen Chadwick

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March 23, 2020

Dear Members, Donors, Sponsors and Volunteers,

Our community faces unimagined challenges as a result of the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic. The Piscataqua Maritime Commission (PMC) is no different. As we confront the challenges, we are reminded of some basic lessons we learned at sea. Oceans are uncertain. One day they may be sublimely peaceful with fair winds and following seas. The next, a raging storm threatens to sink our ship. By sailing and navigating in these horrendous storms, we learned that only by pitching in to help our fellow mates sail the ship efficiently and safely, do we all survive. Once the storm is past, we realize and are grateful for the commitment, sacrifice, bravery and contribution of every single crew member.

Just as individuals on the crew rely on each other, we rely on your generosity, we appreciate your enthusiastic support and we recognize your value to PMC programing. In these uncertain times, we remember and are humbled by the collective support of so many, whether it was for our Sail Portsmouth tall ship festival or for Sea Challenge, our experiential education/adventure tall ship sail training program. We appreciate your, contributions, whether monetary, in-kind services or volunteerism.

The PMC has cancelled our July 2020 Sail Portsmouth Parade of Sail and ship tours due to unforeseen issues. Doing so will negatively impact our Sea Challenge scholarship fund. We are still planning to hold two fund-raisers open to the general public and encourage you to participate. The first is a weekend of two-hour day sails on a traditionally rigged schooner. The other is our Tall Sips Brewfest. Details with dates and times will be announced soon.

Relatively soon, we must decide on the efficacy of continuing with this summer’s schedule of Sea Challenge voyages. We may have to postpone this invaluable and transformative experience for sixty area youth, most of whom are “at-risk” youth from underserved families.

This may be the time to advance other important projects. One is to accelerate plans for introducing an online sail training course that upon completion would qualify for academic credit. The intent of such a course is to prepare those students in seamanship skills so when they do come aboard, they are better able to perform their duties as part of the crew. As you can see, like a ship captain in a storm, the PMC is not intimidated nor is it shirking from our responsibilities despite the surrounding turbulence. We remain agile, flexible and optimistic.

Our first tall ships visited Portsmouth in June 1981, making this our 39th year. We have never had a paid staff or an office so our operating expenses have always been minimal. Thirty-nine years of support from members, sponsors, volunteers and donors, past and present ensured our history of success. We know you still are as committed to our mission as ever.

Suffice it to say, we continue to rely on your financial support and resources to grow the scope and impact of Sea Challenge and Sail Portsmouth. We would appreciate any donation you can make at this time. Donations may be sent to: Piscataqua Maritime Commission, PO Box 525, Portsmouth, NH 03802.

On behalf of the PMC, I would like to personally thank you for your continued support, enthusiasm, dedication and passion. If you would like to contact me directly for any reason, please feel free to email me at or call me at (603) 812-8057.


Chad Chadwick


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