August 10 - 14, 2016

The Piscataqua Maritime Commission proudly hosts Sail Portsmouth each summer, bringing tall ships to the New Hampshire Seacoast.  

Sail Portsmouth 2016 is August 10 - 14th! Gates open at 9:00am each day.

Parade of Sail, Deck Tours, Captains' Reception, Day Sails, Exhibits, Food, Music, and Souvenirs! A fun event for pirates of all ages!

WHEN: August 10 - 14, 2016

WHERE: Fish Pier, on Pierce Island opposite Prescott Park, Portsmouth NH.


  • Boat owners are encouraged to join the thrilling Parade of Sail up the Piscataqua and escort the ships to their berths.
  • Witness the majesty of the Parade of Sail – good viewing spots are Four Tree Island in Portsmouth, Great Island Common in New Castle, Ft. Foster in Kittery.
  • Join the Parade of Sail in your private vessel.
  • Come to the Welcoming Ceremony to greet our ships, their captains, crews, and open the festival.
  • Under the tent find maritime Exhibitors, fresh food, and souvenir merchandise for pirates big and small.
  • While in Portsmouth you should visit many of our historic maritime sites.
  • Volunteer to work the event – lots of fun and you are invited to the Volunteer Cookout on Sunday evening.
  • Reserve a booth for your maritime related organization in the Exhibitors' tent.

COST: Tickets for the event are: $10 for adults (12 and up). Children 11 and under are free. $25 Family Plan (two adults and their children under 21). Event tickets are sold at the gate.

DAY SAILS: $75 Sail Parade, $65 Thursday-Sunday on the Harvey Gamage. Purchase tickets here.

Want to be a sponsor of Sail Portsmouth? Contact Bruce Addison for information! 



Sail Portsmouth 2016 Schedule

WEDNESDAY, August 10
TBA- Parade of Sail begins.

THURSDAY, August 11
TBA- Welcoming Ceremony
9:00a - 5:00p - Gates open for public tours

FRIDAY, August 12
9:00a - 5:00p - Gates open for public tours

SATURDAY, August 13
9:00a - 5:00p - Gates open for public tours
7:00p - 10:00p - Captain's Reception Dinner (by invitation only).

SUNDAY, August 14
9:00a - 5:00p - Gates open for public tours
5:15p - 6:00p - Volunteer BBQ (private).

MONDAY, August 15
Oliver Hazard Perry departs - time TBA. Watch our Facebook page for the time!