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coming June 2026.

The year 2026 marks the 250th anniversary of our nation’s founding in 1776 – The United States of America’s Semiquincentennial.

For this milestone occasion, a fleet of the world’s most magnificent international tall ships and military ships, in an epic peacetime gathering, will sail into the port of Virginia as part of Sail250® America.

In the tradition of the past five iconic OpSail events held in the Norfolk/Hampton Roads/Chesapeake Bay region since 1976, the fleet will once again bring extraordinary experiences and opportunities to every corner of our communities.

Sail250® Virginia is honored to be among the elite group of US ports selected to host the 2026 Sail250® America international fleet, including New Orleans, Baltimore, New York, and Boston.

For seven days in June 2026, 4,000 officers, cadets, and crews of more than 55 ships from 20 nations will engage with residents and visitors across the Chesapeake Bay region in events and programs symbolic of the bonds of international goodwill.

Tall ships parade of sail in Norfolk Virginia harbor

At the helm of history—and the future.

Sail250® VA is a once-in-a-generation event planned as part of the worldwide commemoration of this significant milestone in our nation’s history.

Thank you to
our sponsors:

Admiral Level

  • Sentara Optima Sail250 Virginia Sponsor Logo
  • TowneBank Sail250 Virginia Sponsor Logo

Captain Level

  • Crofton Industries Sail250 Virginia Sponsor Logo
  • Dominion Enterprises Sail250 Virginia Sponsor Logo
  • E.G. Middleton Sail250 Virginia Sponsor Logo
  • W.F. Magann Sail250 Virginia Sponsor Logo

Commander Level

  • Visit Norfolk Sail250 Virginia Sponsor Logo
  • Visit Hampton Roads Shipping Association Sail250 Virginia Sponsor Logo

Ambassador Level

  • Colonna's Shipyard Sail250 Virginia Sponsor Logo
  • Perry Family Foundation Sail250 Virginia Sponsor Logo
  • Light Tech Sail250 Virginia Sponsor Logo

Commodore Level

  • BAE Systems Sail250 Virginia Sponsor Logo
  • Coastal Precast Systems Sail250 Virginia Sponsor Logo
  • Elizabeth River Concrete Sail250 Virginia Sponsor Logo
  • S.B. Ballard Construction Sail250 Virginia Sponsor Logo

Port Sponsor Level

  • Bay Power Systems Sail250 Virginia Sponsor Logo

Ship’s Circle Level

  • MHI Ship Repair & Services Sail250 Virginia Sponsor Logo
  • The Dwight and Jane Schaubach 290 NEW

Contributors

  • Bruce Bishop Sail250 Virginia Sponsor Logo

Sail250® Virginia is produced by Sail Norfolk, the maritime division of
Norfolk Festevents, Ltd. (501C3), based in Norfolk, VA.