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TopSail Youth Program 1



Our Mission

Los Angeles Maritime Institute (LAMI) uses sail raining to provide youth with real-life challenges that develop knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to live healthy, productive lives.


The Program

TopSail is an education and adventure experience aboard a tall ship consisting of day sails, voyages, or both.  Skills gained include team-building, problem-solving, decision-making, planning, self-reliance, and leadership.

A full program consists of a series of day sails scheduled over the period of several months.  Each day's activities build on the skills and knowledge gained in the preceding sailing days.  Participants then utilize their new-found sense of empowerment and teamwork on the multi-day voyage where they sail and sleep aboard the vessel, prepare the meals, determine each day's activities and much more.


Who Can Attend

TopSail can be tailored to the needs, goals, and abilities of practically any school or organized youth group.  Please call our office at (310) 833-6055 for further information and scheduling or email info@lamitopsail.org.

Ask for more details and how your school, youth group, or a young person you know, can participate.











The Los Angeles Maritime Institute (LAMI) serves to empower youth to discover their greater potential through extraordinary at-sea experiences. We envision a thriving community where every child can look to the future with confidence.

The TopSail Youth Program takes place aboard the twin brigantines, Exy Johnson and Irving Johnson, the Official Tall Ships and Maritime Ambassadors of the City of Los Angeles.

Our thanks to the Port of Los Angeles for supporting the TopSail Youth Program for more than a decade!

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