Cleveland Tall Ships Festival 2013

Volunteer Facts and Information

In July 2013, a fleet of magnificent Tall Ships will sail into Cleveland’s harbor to participate in a 4-day, fun-filled family-friendly festival. The Rotary Club of Cleveland will host 10 - 12 replica historic vessels in honor of its long-time commitment to the people of the City of Cleveland. The Festival will showcase the diverse Great Lakes maritime history, spotlighting environmental themes while promoting youth leadership through sail training – Project YESS (Youth Empowered to Succeed Through Sailing). Visitors can board vessels, meet crew, and experience the heritage these historic ships symbolize. Cleveland welcomes the Tall Ships Challenge®, a series of port-to-port international sailing races and maritime festivals starting in Toronto and ending in Erie under the direction of Tall Ships America®. 

Volunteer Commitment - We sincerely appreciate your time and interest in helping us bring one of the largest, most unique events to Cleveland.  As a volunteer you must...

  • Be 18 years old
  • Be available for a minimum of 2 shifts from July 3-8, 2013
  • Attend 1 mandatory training session
  • Sign a waiver form
  • Complete each shift, regardless of the weather.  This is an outdoors, all-weather event.
  • Be able to walk and/or stand during your entire shift; breaks Will be provided
  • Be able to do some light labor (moving/lifting of chairs)

Volunteer Assignments - The Volunteer Coordinator will determined all volunteer shifts and assignments.  Types of assignments may include:

       General Event Volunteer Positions:

  • Greeters - Welcome, answer questions - help manage people's time and expectations upon arrival
  • Ticket Takers - Front Gate
  • Information People - "Ask Me" - you will be given an information book that answers most of the anticipated questions the public tends to ask
  • Crowd Control - at the gates, ship lines and on-board
  • Hospitality - Work the hospitality functions on-deck and on-dock, help with everything from bus groups to weddings and VIP receptions

       Specialized Volunteer Positions:

  • Docents - You will be trained to answer questions about a specific ship so you can replace the crew for breaks and crew activities.  This is a fun job and most appreciated by the crew.  You must be available or several shifts throughout the weekend (they do not have to be consecutive).  The Docent position is a unique job - if you have an interest in history, ships, sailing, or are just willing to work extra shifts, and have time to be trained - please indicate this on your form.  Please note: This is an on-deck position, and requires standing.
  • Ship Liaison - Ship Liaisons work directly with the ships throughout their stay in Cleveland.  A good working knowledge of Cleveland and how to get around is helpful.  You must be available all five days.  A typical day includes meeting with the Captain or the First Mate, advising him of the day's activities; helping a crew member find a dentist or Internet access, driving the cook to the supermarket for provisioning, and so on.

Volunteer Benefits

  • Cleveland Tall Ships Festival 2013 T-Shirt
  • Complimentary Tickets to Port of Cleveland 2013 Tall Ships Festival
  • Food and Beverage voucher while Volunteering

Thank You for your interest and we look forward to seeing you at the Festival.

The email address is clevelandtallships13(at)  
Or call 216-236-8467 and leave a message.


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2010 Festival
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2010 Sailaway
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2010 Ship Tours
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Project YESS Journey
Project YESS
Project YESS
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