“News from the Road” (Updates from the TALL SHIP CHALLENGE® Race Team)
Photo Credit: E. Short, Tall Ships America
July 4, 2015: Happy Fourth of July! We’re celebrating the holiday weekend with the tall ships in Greenport, NY. Front Street is overflowing with vendors and festival-goers, while bands play music in the park by Mitchell Marina. From ship tours to carousel rides, there’s plenty to do at Greenport TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® 2015!
July 5, 2015: The sun is shining on the north fork of Long Island today! The village of Greenport is bubbling with activity along the waterfront. More visitors crossed the decks during ship tours yesterday than there are people living in this town. But lines to board the tall ships are moving quickly, leaving festival-goers with plenty of time to explore the vendor booths and sample the local restaurants after they visit these unique vessels.
July 6, 2015: The quiet village of Greenport awoke early this morning to the sound of cannon fire, as l’Hermione made her grand entrance into the harbor. Now, thousands of locals and out-of-towners alike are lining up along the docks, eager to explore the tall ships. There’s vendor tents to visit throughout the day and dancing in the park tonight…for a small village on the North Fork, there sure is a lot of activity when the tall ships come to town!
July 7, 2015: We love being greeted every morning by the sight of ship masts towering above the village shops and restaurants. It’s the last day of TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Greenport 2015 so come on down to the waterfront and join the fun!
July 8, 2015: We had a wonderful week in Greenport with the tall ships! We’re headed home to Newport for a few days…but we’ll see you soon in Portland, Maine!
Photo Credit: Mark Warner, Tall Ships America
July 18, 2015: It’s a breezy morning in Portland, Maine. The tall ships are just out of sight as eager visitors search for spots to sit along the waterfront. The Parade of Sail is due to start at 1345 and we can’t wait! The Race Team is dispersed along the docks, ready to catch dock lines and welcome the sailors to Iberdrola USA Tall Ships® Portland 2015.
July 19, 2015: Sunday morning is hidden behind the dense fog of Portland’s summer but that hasn’t stopped the crowds from coming to visit the tall ships. Maine Wharf, Maine State Wharf, Port Ocean Terminal, Compass Park, and Ocean Gateway Center are lined with vessels, music, entertainment, and vendors – no matter the weather today, Old Port is the place to be!
July 20, 2015: Last night’s intense thunderstorms have tempered into a gray, foggy blanket over the city. The towering masts and traditional rigging of the tall ships appear and disappear as thick patches of fog roll across the waterfront. But the excitement in the air is nearly as tangible as the fog – the tall ships are in town for Iberdrola USA Tall Ships® Portland and there’s so much to do!
July 21, 2015: It’s late on Tuesday morning and the festival season has come to an abrupt close. Already, most of the ships have set sail for their next destinations. We’ve sent them on their way with lots of hugs for the sailors and wishes for fair winds. We hope to see you all next year for the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Great Lakes 2016 Race Series!
Photo Credit: E. Braunstein, Tall Ships America
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