Sultana Downrigging Festival

November 1-3, 2024

About Sultana's Downrigging Festival

Tall Ships and Bluegrass with a Cause!

Now in its 24rd year, the Sultana Education Foundation’s Downrigging Weekend Festival is one of the largest annual tall ship gatherings in North America. The festival features a long-weekend of Tall Ship sails, tours, incredible live bluegrass music, lectures, exhibits, family activities, regional food and more. Proceeds benefit the Foundation’s environmental literacy programs and the other nonprofits participating in the festival.

Support Downrigging

Become a Sultana Event Sponsor

Your contribution will be recognized at Downrigging and 14 other Sultana events.
Opportunities start at $750 and are available for both individuals and businesses.

Click here to see 2024/25 Sultana Event Sponsor Flyer 

Click here to make a 2024/25 Sponsorship Contribution

Click here to see who sponsored Downrigging 2023.

Downrigging Lead Sponsor




Dave & Lena Cantera
Caroline D. Gabel
Chris Havemeyer
Wallace Reynolds & Mary Anne Shea
Steffi Swope
Lisa & Michael Vadasz



Dorothy & Lyle Feisel
Linda, Guyon, and Julia Knight
Linda & Rob Leigh
Fiona & Morgan Lum
William & Amanda Madar
Joanne O’Rourke & Robert Hindman
Eric & Lesley Schless
Ruth Sorenson
Friends of Sultana


Andy & Kirk Alderdice
Barry & Jennifer Buckley
Peggy & John Christie Jr.
Lee & Geoff Dennis
Dominic & Judith Dragotta
Trish & Brooke Harwood
Helena Hermes & Erik Walter
Chris & Dawn Holmes
Harry & Brooke Logan Packard
Pam & Paul Sautter
Michael Singer & James Smith
Sarah & Peter Sweetser
Anne Vansant & Carter Stanton
Laura & Kirk Wade
Paula Wordtt & Richard Owen
Dickson Young & Brigette Perry


Clarence & Martha Carvell Steve Clemons & Andrew Oros Anne K. Charles Carla & Frank Gerber Ginny Gorman & Bill Yoder Patti & Dave Hegland Jim & Kathy Hopkins Polly Javorski & Sheri Putnam Nancy & Bill Low Mimi’s Closet Paula Reeder Professor Tom Russell Seiberlich Trane Energy Services The Skipjack Art Studios Silver Linings Jewelry of Chestertown James H. Simon

Festival Partners