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News From the Road

Posted by Tall Ships America on July 3, 2015

“News from the Road” (Updates from the TALL SHIP CHALLENGE® Race Team)

An artist captures l'Hermione's likeness at the dock. (Photo Credit: Maddy Agnew)

An artist captures l’Hermione’s likeness at the dock. (Photo Credit: Maddy Agnew)

Friday, June 26: (Philadelphia/Camden) Just like yesterday, the beautiful weather has come to a grey end and has been replaced by overcast skies. Despite the encroaching storm, the band continues to play. A light breeze has been blowing off the Delaware river all day, barely enough to lift a flag. By 1300, the crowds are beginning to wind down and seek shelter from the inevitable deluge.

Crowds listen to music at Tall Ships® Philadelphia Camden 2015 (Photo Credit: Eliza Braunstein)

People listen to music at Tall Ships® Philadelphia Camden 2015 (Photo Credit: Eliza Braunstein)

Saturday, June 27, 2015: (Philadelphia/Camden) The crowds are out in full force at Tall Ships® Philadelphia Camden today, despite the rain. Colorful umbrellas bob along the docks as visitors explore the tall ships that line the piers on both sides of the Delaware. Our interns are walking along the docks distributing the newly-published Tall Ships America directory to the vessels. (Purchase a copy now for only $15!) Out on the water, passengers aboard A.J. Meerwald are helping the crew to set sail. There’s lots to do despite the drizzle, so grab your rain boots and meet us down at the waterfront!

Crowds gather to view the tall ships. (Photo Credit: Maddy Agnew)

Crowds gather to view the tall ships. (Photo Credit: Maddy Agnew)

Sunday, June 28, 2015: (Philadelphia/Camden) The crews are up and getting ready on deck to open their ships for tours. After yesterday’s rain, the warm weather and sun are welcomed. For many of the ships, they are preparing to leave port tonight or tomorrow. Come by today for your last look at the tall ships in Philadelphia and Camden!

Gazela alongside at Tall Ships® Philadelphia Camden 2015 (Photo Credit: James Rogers)

Gazela alongside at Tall Ships® Philadelphia Camden 2015 (Photo Credit: James Rogers)

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A Stunning Start

Posted by Tall Ships America on July 2, 2015

Picton Castle first across the line

Picton Castle first across the line

Tuesday morning dawned clear and windy as Eliza and I made out way down the docks of the Corinthian Yacht Club of Cape May. Barry, Jim and their team had generously offered to volunteer their time to take us out to the race starting line (15 miles off shore) and to help us start the race for Picton Castle, Sagres, Hermione and Lettie G. Howard. An hour later, after a very bumpy ride, we made it to the start line, well out of the way of the traffic separation scheme going into and out of the Delaware Bay and away from the shoal waters that extend out from the shore. As we went about prepping for the race start, it was incredible to see the ships sailing out to meet us. When we see the ships in port, they seem so passive -just bobbing gently at docks, sails all tucked away, and everything neatly stowed. It’s when you see them under way that you truly get to understand their awesomeness. The ship and the crew are part of something much bigger than themselves. With the sails full of wind, the crew straining at the lines, and the ship cutting through the water, you are transported. They are a direct link to our shared global maritime history and to see them under sail is to see history come to life.  Read the rest of this entry »

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It’s Tall Ships® Tuesday! Meet El Galeón.

Posted by Tall Ships America on June 30, 2015

IT’S TALL SHIPS® TUESDAY AND TODAY’S FEATURED TALL SHIP IS EL GALEÓN ANDALUCÍA!

Courtesy of Fundacion Nao Victoria

Courtesy of Fundacion Nao Victoria

WHERE YOU’LL FIND HER:
AT TALL SHIPS® PHILADELPHIA-CAMDEN 2015 (JUNE 25 – 28)
AT IBERDROLA USA TALL SHIPS® PORTLAND 2015 (JULY 18 – 20)

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
The Galeón Andalucía is a replica of a 16th-17th century galleon, the only one in the world that sails in present days. These ships were the type of vessel used by the Spanish Crown for maritime expeditions during the 16th through the 18th centuries. Galleons were intended to discover and then establish trade routes between Spain, America and the Philippines islands, and formed what was then called the “Fleet of the Indies”.

For three centuries, these Spanish galleons crossed the Atlantic Ocean back and forth, sailed around the Caribbean Sea and the American coasts, and covered the Pacific route as well. They carried plenty of seamen, merchant traders and settlers, while their holds bore the fabulous loads resulting from American and Asian trade. It took three years to research the main historical and maritime archives in Spain and compile all necessary information about galleons’ shapes, details and measures so that this replica could be built. Essentially, this is a 500 ton galleon, with length overall reaching 160 feet and a beam of 32 feet. Four masts hold 6 sails which measure almost 11,000 square feet. Her average speed is 7 knots.

Since her launching, a crew between 15 to 35 people have manned her across the seas and oceans around the world. She has navigated the Pacific and Indian oceans, crossed the Atlantic Ocean, and her wake has spread over the Mediterranean Sea, the Red Sea, the South and East China seas, the Aegean Sea, the Bosphorus strait, the Caribbean Sea and the whole East Coast of the US, covering thousands of nautical miles in an attempt to evoke her ancestors.

SHIP FACTS:

Vessel Type: Galleon
Flag: SPAIN
Homeport: Sevilla, Spain
Rig height: 121’
Sail area: 10,010 square feet
Power: 2x380HP
Hull: fiberglass with wood

Join us every Tuesday for more profiles of the ships participating in the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Atlantic Coast 2015 Race Series.

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Adventure Before the Adventure

Posted by Tall Ships America on June 28, 2015

N.R.P. "Sagres" at Tall Ships® Philadelphia Camden 2015 (Photo Credit: Eliza Braunstein / Tall Ships America)

N.R.P. “Sagres” at Tall Ships® Philadelphia Camden 2015 (Photo Credit: Eliza Braunstein / Tall Ships America)

Adventure Before the Adventure

by Anna Sprague

When I signed up to be part of Tall Ships America this summer, I thought all my adventures would involve sailing off on ships. As it turns out, my first adventure has already started right here on land. Read the rest of this entry »

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It’s Tall Ships® Tuesday! Meet L’Hermione.

Posted by Tall Ships America on June 24, 2015

IT’S TALL SHIPS® TUESDAY AND TODAY’S FEATURED TALL SHIP IS L’HERMIONE!

Courtesy of Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America

Courtesy of Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America

WHERE YOU’LL FIND HER:
AT TALL SHIPS® PHILADELPHIA-CAMDEN 2015 (JUNE 25 – 28)
AT GREENPORT TALL SHIPS® 2015 (JULY 6 – 7)

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
French Pronunciation: LAIR-me-un
Wizarding Tricks: Does not respond to Accio Tall Ship!

Twenty years ago, a small group of visionaries met under the leadership of Rochefort’s then Mayor Jean-Louis Frot and imagined reconstructing an authentic 18th-Century replica of the Hermione, the French frigate that carried the young Lafayette to General Washington, pledging full French support for America’s cause. Started in 1997, HERMIONE is known as a Concorde-Class “frigate of 12,” a reference to the 12-lb shot fired by her 26 principal cannons, which are supplemented by six smaller guns firing 6-lb balls. In 1779, her launching was the climax of an 11-month construction. The modern project took 15 years to complete, culminating with her launching in 2012. HERMIONE is planked with oak over tightly spaced double-sawn oak framing, and all of her backbone timbers are also oak. Her oak planking varies in thickness from 3” below the waterline to 7” above, where the planking would defend against cannon fire. She is a three masted frigate, 212ft long sparred with 23,680 sq ft of linen cloth spread over 19 sails. Her mainmast towers at 153ft and she is crewed by 79 volunteer sailors and officers. This is her maiden voyage.

SHIP FACTS:
Vessel Type: Full Rigged Ship
Flag: FRANCE
Homeport: La Rochelle, France
Sparred length: 212’
Rig height: 153’
Sail area: 22,066 square feet
Power: 400 HP PODs
Hull: wood

Join us every Tuesday for more profiles of the ships participating in the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Atlantic Coast 2015 Race Series.

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Welcome Interns!

Posted by Tall Ships America on June 22, 2015

We are pleased to announce that two summer interns will join the Race Team for the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Atlantic Coast 2015 Race Series. A huge welcome to Anna Sprague and James Rogers!

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Each summer during the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Race Series, Tall Ships America offers a team of young people the opportunity to serve as interns with the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Race Team. Throughout the course of the summer series, the interns help the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Assistant in the race office; interact with participating vessels, their crews and trainees, the port organizers and the volunteers; and represent Tall Ships America to the hundreds of thousands of people who come out to see the tall ships; and go sailing, take photographs, and blog about their experiences. Long days and hard work are a part of the job – but so are enduring friendships and memories that will last a lifetime. Since the first TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Race Series in the summer of 2001, young people from the United States and Canada, and from as far away as Japan, have had the chance to experience the CHALLENGE from this unique perspective.

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You can follow their adventures all summer long on our TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Blog!

ANNA SPRAGUE

Anna Sprague

Anna was raised in Savannah, GA. She grew up sailing a sunfish off Tybee Island. In college, she started dingy racing and sailing tall ships. Anna immediately loves anyone who can make her laugh. She plays the dijurido, and is currently learning to play the guitar. Her most common phrase is, “It’s chilly.” Anna is looking forward to working with new crews and vessels this summer.

JAMES ROGERS

James Rogers

My name is James Rogers. I am 15 years old and I will be a sophomore in North Kingstown Senior High School as of this upcoming fall. I was born in Campbell Hall, New York, on March 23, 2000. some of my interests are ships/sailing, fencing, music, poetry and socializing. I like to think that I am hard working, in addition to being very approachable and attentive. Being raised around tall ships, I couldn’t wait to go sailing aboard  the schooner Harvey Gamage in the summer of 2013. My second time I sailed aboard a tall ship was this past August, when I was aboard the brig Niagara, where I will be returning once again after my internship this summer. As a kid, I always wished my dad would take me to the events with him so that I could see the ports and check out all the tall ships I had never seen before. Now, it looks like I finally have that opportunity.

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Race to the Race Start

Posted by Tall Ships America on June 19, 2015

The best-laid plans of mice and men are no match for Neptune. Such was the case Monday morning, when the wind died just as we needed it to fill in.

An hour earlier, the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Race Team had boarded local sailor Paul’s 45’ sailboat with Tall Ships® at Cape Charles Port Organizer Capt. Dave Steward, his wife Hania and her daughter Kim, photographer Chris Glennon, and Paul himself. Picton Castle was pushing off the dock as we let go our lines and, a few finger piers away, Lynx was preparing to get underway. Read the rest of this entry »

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Small town, big heart

Posted by Tall Ships America on June 18, 2015

Sunset and Picton Castle

Sunset and Picton Castle

It was hot. The air was hot, the ground was hot, the dock was hot, and I was hot. I staggered over to Tree of Life, and slumped under their canopy. Aidan, the apprentice on board, looked at me with pity. I was bedraggled and limp. At that moment, a soft cooling breeze came up off the water. Kim, the chef on board, offered me a snack and my faith in humanity was restored. Read the rest of this entry »

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News From the Road

Posted by Tall Ships America on June 17, 2015

“News from the Road” (Updates from the TALL SHIP CHALLENGE® Race Team)

Finn on Lookout aboard HINDU (Credit Erin Short / Tall Ships America)

Finn on Lookout aboard HINDU (Credit Erin Short / Tall Ships America)

June 12, 2015: It is well into summer here in Cape Charles, with the temperature already into the eighties by 0900 and threatening to reach 90 degrees by midday. But there’s a gentle breeze down on the docks, where Tree of Life, Hindu, Lynx and Picton Castle are tied up. We’re expecting Serenity to arrive this evening. The crew are hard at work with last minute preparations to welcome tomorrow’s crowds. Vendors, too, are setting up and maintenance crews are doing a little weeding in the beautiful landscaping along the event site. It’s going to be a great weekend in Cape Charles and we hope to see everyone here!

Credit Eliza Braunstein / Tall Ships America

Credit Eliza Braunstein / Tall Ships America

June 13, 2015: The festival gates have just opened in Cape Charles, Virginia, and already the waterfront is full of visitors. From the harbor full of tall ships that visitors can board and vendors’ wares such as miniature handmade vessels with curved glass sails, there is so much to see and do at the festival today! There is a full day line-up of musical entertainment and, later on this morning, we’re looking forward to the black powder demonstrations by Moody Crewe. After much anticipation, Tall Ships® at Cape Charles has begun!

Ships of Glass, Inc. (Credit Tall Ships America)

Ships of Glass, Inc. (Credit Tall Ships America)

June 14, 2015: We had a great time at Tall Ships® Cape Charles yesterday and are ready for another sunny, crowd-filled day by the harbor. There’s a light breeze today to counter the heat of the summer sun. Erin & Eliza had the opportunity to sail aboard Lynx & Hindu on afternoon daysails – check out their pictures on the Tall Ships America Facebook Page and on Twitter!

Setting sail on LYNX (Credit Eliza Braunstein / Tall Ships America)

Setting sail on LYNX (Credit Eliza Braunstein / Tall Ships America)

June 15, 2015: It’s a beautiful day out on the water! The TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Race Team is underway with Tall Ships® at Cape Charles Port Organizer Capt. Dave Stewart, his wife Hania and her daughter Kim, Photographer Chris Glennon, and sailboat owner Paul who graciously invited us aboard his boat to head out to the race start. Picton Castle, Lynx, Serenity, Hindu, and Tree of Life are setting sail. There’s not much wind but it’s a glorious day on the Chesapeake!

Race Start (Courtesy of Yorktown Sailing Charters)

Race Start (Courtesy of Yorktown Sailing Charters)

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It’s Tall Ships® Tuesday! Meet PRIDE OF BALTIMORE II.

Posted by Tall Ships America on June 16, 2015

IT’S TALL SHIPS® TUESDAY AND TODAY’S FEATURED TALL SHIP IS PRIDE OF BALTIMORE II!

(Copyright Robert G. Stevens / Courtesy of Pride of Baltimore, Inc.)

Sailing into Halifax (Copyright Robert G. Stevens / Courtesy of Pride of Baltimore, Inc.)

WHERE YOU’LL FIND HER:
AT TALL SHIPS® PHILADELPHIA CAMDEN 2015 (JUNE 25 – 28)

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
Pride of Baltimore II is a reconstruction of an early 19th-century Baltimore Clipper. These sleek, fast, and maneuverable vessels became famous as privateers during the War of 1812. Their success in capturing British merchant ships inspired the Royal Navy’s attack on Baltimore in 1814. When Francis Scott Key saw the American flag still flying after the all-night bombardment of Fort McHenry, he was inspired to pen the “Star-Spangled Banner.”

One of the most successful Baltimore Clippers of the time was Chasseur, which was launched from Thomas Kemp’s shipyard in Fells Point. In a daring voyage to Great Britain, Chasseur’s Captain Thomas Boyle declared a blockade of the British Isles by Chasseur alone! This caused the British Admiralty to call vessels back to the British Isles to protect their merchant ships. Chasseur captured or sank 17 vessels before returning home to Baltimore in 1815. Upon her arrival in Fells Point, she was greeted by cheering crowds and dubbed the “Pride of Baltimore.”

Pride of Baltimore and Pride of Baltimore II have represented the people of Baltimore for nearly four decades, spreading a positive message and extending the hand of friendship throughout the world, Since her commissioning in October of 1988, Pride II has sailed 250,000 nautical miles – the equivalent of almost 12 times around the world – and visited more than 200 ports in 40 countries. During this time, Pride II has promoted historical maritime education, fostered economic development and tourism, and represented the people of Maryland in ports throughout the world.

SHIP FACTS:
Vessel Type: Gaff Rigged Schooner
Flag: USA
Homeport: Baltimore, MD
Sparred length: 157’
Rig height: 107’
Sail area: 9,018 square feet
Power: 2×165 HP Caterpillar diesel
Hull: wood
Mission: To promote historical maritime education, foster economic development and tourism, and represent the people of Maryland in every port Pride II visits.

LEARN MORE:
http://www.pride2.org
http://www.facebook.com/prideII
http://www.twitter.com/prideofbalt
http://www.instagram.com/prideofbaltimore/
http://www.youtube.com/user/PRIDEOFBALTIMOREII
http://www.flickr.com/photos/prideofbaltimore2

Join us every Tuesday for more profiles of the ships participating in the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Atlantic Coast 2015 Race Series.

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