Nicolas Hardisty joined Tall Ships America as Program Coordinator in 2019 and was named Director of Operations in 2023. His work in this position draws largely on his background in sailing and experiential education. He earned an MA in History from Rhode Island College, specializing in African American and Colonial Atlantic history. Prior to this position, Nic worked as an instructor of history at Community College of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College, and was the coordinator for RIC’s experiential education program at the Rhode Island State House. Nic’s family has been involved in tall ships and sail training for generations, and he is excited to offer his own contributions to the industry. He conducts historical research and analysis in his spare time and has presented articles on African American history, presidential assassinations, and identifying/managing vicarious trauma in historians at numerous conferences throughout the United States. He is a co-founder of the academic collective Global Empire & Resistance Scholarship, serves on the executive council of the New England Regional World History Association, is a member of the COPE° Working Group for Psychological Safety, Bullying & Sexual Assault and Harassment in the Maritime Sector, and is on the board of the Battle of Rhode Island Association. He was married on board the tall ship Kalmar Nyckel in 2021, and has two children- Jonah and Marigold.
Erin Short joined Tall Ships America in 2006 and is the Director of Events and Communications. Over the course of seventeen years, she has helped coordinate over 85 TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® maritime events on the Pacific Coast, Atlantic Coast, Great Lakes and Gulf of Mexico. Her main role is as liaison between Tall Ships America’s Host Port Partners, tall ships fleet, US Coast Guard, city partners and community stakeholders to ensure every event is safe, secure, and successful. Erin is passionate about promoting tall ships, maritime history and our waterfront communities through the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® events and on social media. Erin grew up sailing Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay and has sailed in several of Tall Ships America’s member vessels, culminating in a transatlantic voyage. After graduating with a BS in Anthropology from University of Colorado, Boulder, she missed the ocean and moved back to Rhode Island. She now lives in Washington, DC, and has taken up sailing on the Anacostia River. When not travelling with the tall ships (and sometimes when she is) Erin is on a quest for the perfect bowl of ramen.