Feeding and Caring of the Ships
Posted by Erin on May 18, 2012
One of the many aspects that goes into a successful tall ship event is the ship liaison program. A ship liaison is kind of like a local handler for a tall ship, someone who knows where to find anything a ship might need, or at least knows who to call. A ship is an out of town guest and the liaison is there to show the best their city has to offer. It’s a tough job but immensely fulfilling since the liaison becomes a part of the crew for the ships stay in port. They arrive for breakfast and they remain on board until dinner, ensuring that everything from the event side runs smoothly. It is a lot of work but the relationships that are formed can last for years.
This year in Savannah, we had a wonderfully talented and diverse group of local liaisons. I immediately bonded with the hilarious Janet McCrary, co-owner of Wiley’s Championship BBQ, who was assigned to lucky Alliance. Feeding and caring of tall ships is a tall order and, based on the smile on Janet’s face throughout the festival, one that was thoroughly enjoyed. In fact, Janet had such a great time, she made a slideshow about her experience.
Meanwhile, becalmed just short of the finish line of the first race, Pride of Baltimore II wrote about their stellar liaisons on their blog.
Next week, the ships arrive in Greenport, NY and there is a fresh batch of eager, enthusiastic liaisons just waiting for their ships to arrive.