Ernestina Sailing Forward

The Ernestina Sailing Forward Committee is asking for your donations and community support as we raise $50,000 for the purchase of the mainsail for the Ernestina-Morrissey. The Ernestina was gifted to the people of the United States 40 years ago from the newly-independent Republic of Cape Verde. Now with her restoration nearing completion, Ernestina will again sail open waters in 2021.


We are happy to announce that an anonymous donor has pledged a $10,000 matching challenge. For every donation made between April 12 and April 26, a dollar-for-dollar match will be made. Any Donation during this period will DOUBLE!!!

Please donate HERE!

(Be sure to watch the wonderful video produced by Rick and Alessandro Lopes!)

You can donate as an individual, a family, an organization, a club, or anonymously to the Ernestina Sailing Forward Fund. 100% of your donation will go directly to Ernestina-Morrissey‘s sails, any financial fees will be paid by SEMA.  Any donation amount makes a difference in Raising the Sails on Our Tallest of Tall Ships as we get underway on a fully restored Ernestina-Morrissey impacting many generations to come and honoring our beloved Cape Verdean heritage.

Act Now! Viva Ernestina! Obrigado!

If you prefer to donate by mail please download THIS FORM (If you want you can make a dedication for your donation on the form.) Please indicate your donation is for the mainsail and mail to:

SEMA~Ernestina Sailing Forward

P.O. Box 2995

Bew Bedford, MA 02741