Sail Portsmouth Festival

The Parade of Sail kicks off Sail Portsmouth with tall ships leading hundreds of other boats, both civilian and otherwise, up to Piscataqua River, under the Memorial Bridge and then to the dock.  In 2019, the Grand Commodore was U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen and the headlining tall ship was the USCG Eagle.  After an opening ceremony, the tall ships are open for tours.

The tours are often the highlight of Sail Portsmouth, creating one of the busiest, event-filled summer weekends on the Seacoast.  On the way to the tours, people can linger in the maritime tent to enjoy the exhibits and even meet some pirates, some complete with a real peg leg and parrot.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 Sail Portsmouth event has been cancelled, but stay tuned for details about 2021.


If you are interested in tall ships, maritime history, or giving a leg-up to deserving youth as part of the Sea Challenge program, please consider joining the PMC. The PMC is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization with no paid staff. We depend on members, volunteers and sponsor to achieve 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.