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2019 Sail Portsmouth Event Most Successful Ever

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle was the Headliner for the Piscataqua Maritime Commission’s 2019 Sail Portsmouth event.

The impressive numbers from Sail Portsmouth in August tell a larger story of the Piscataqua Maritime Commission, the all-volunteer organization that created the world-class event.

By the numbers:
-- 10,250 people visited the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle for the three days it was docked at the state pier in Portsmouth for public on-board tours;
-- 167 vessels participated in the Parade of Sail, led by the Eagle as the flotilla made its way from the 2KR buoy meet-up point to the state pier upriver on the Piscataqua and under the Memorial Bridge;
-- Hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of people watched the parade from along the shorelines in New Hampshire and Maine, 10 deep  on both sides of the Memorial Bridge;
-- About 3,500 viewers from across the country watched a Facebook Live feed of the parade;
-- 55 teenagers from the region took part in the Sea Challenge experience of spending a week on a tall ship learning seamanship and life skills, their tuition paid by the commission;
-- 682 people took part in day sails on the tall ships Roseway, Lynx and Harvey Gamage, which embarked from the University of New Hampshire pier in New Castle.

Those impressive numbers were made possible by the year-round efforts of the PMC, created to promote the nearly 400 year old maritime history and tradition of the Piscataqua River region.

“We are proud of the efforts of the PMC and its contribution to the Seacoast community.  Our events bring thousands and thousands of visitors to the area and allow us to send deserving kids to sea to learn about sailing and life,” said Chad Chadwick, PMC’s chairman.

While the annual Parade of Sail is the most visible part of the PMC’s mission, its board of directors and its many volunteers work year-round on a whole variety of community events.  Sail Portsmouth, Sea Challenge and Maritime talks all contribute to the growth of PMC.  As a non-profit, all-volunteer organization, the commission relies on the generosity of its sponsors and donors.  With them, PMC will continue to expand its presence in the Piscataqua region.

“We are proud to sponsor PMC and are thrilled to be a part of helping the kids of the Seacoast,” said Tap Taylor of Black Dog Divers, a sponsor who created the much-needed docking structure at the UNH pier for the day sails.

Look for more and more from the PMC over the next few months. In the meantime, anyone wishing to make a donation, may do so by clicking here: https://sailportsmouthnh.org/donate/

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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.

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