RI Tall Ship Cancels Southern Trip for 2019

The non-profit organization Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island (OHPRI) has announced that the 200’ sailing school Tall Ship, which has also been named Rhode Island’s Official Tall Ship, will not journey south in 2019 spring, as it has done the past two years. Instead, the ship will remain in Rhode Island at a location to be announced at a later date.

“We were not able to sell enough programs to make traveling south a financial reality this year,” said OHPRI Executive Committee Member Avery “Whip” Seaman. “We felt it was prudent to take some time operationally and organizationally to decide what the best use of the ship is moving forward. This may involve entering into different types of partnerships or programs than we’ve run in the past or even selling the ship to a corporation or an educational institution. OHPRI is still committed to marine stewardship and sail training, but we are deciding the best way to deliver those programs to the most people.”

This spring, the Perry participated in the Tall Ships America event on the Gulf Coast, and with stops in Pensacola, Galveston and New Orleans, more than 40,000 visitors were able to tour the ship and learn about its education-at-sea mission.

To close the season, OHPRI will proceed with hosting the Island Moving Company’s September onboard performance of Second Star to the Right: A Tale of Hook & Pan. September’s scheduled trip to Boston and day sails during the Newport International Boat Show have both been canceled. (Refunds will be made to those who purchased tickets for the latter)