Acrobats, Drums and Air Shows
Posted by Tall Ships America on June 28, 2009
It was great to come into Charleston aboard Schooner Virginia on Thursday, sailing in with an amazing harbor view of the tall ships that had already arrived. We arrived in the late afternoon, and after dropping sail, tied up near Tecla. After a long voyage at sea, Virginia celebrated with a crew dinner in town. We spent the evening walking around the quaint and historical city of Charleston, and though it is hot and humid, nights sleeping on deck have been cool and comfortable.
Friday was the crew parade, where everyone gathered at Ansonborough field and then lined up in alphabetical order (for the most part). Europa was very colorful in their sea-life themed dresses with streamers and balloons. Belle Poule brought their cuddly little plush chicken, which dances around when you tickle it. Kruzenshtern’s acrobats, dressed in bold colors, danced and performed acrobatic flips and jumps. Capitan Miranda’s drum band was also in attendance, with other vessels singing and cheering along the way. Crew marched from the field to the international passenger terminal (in front of Kruzenshtern) where a stage was set up for the award ceremony.
During the festival Nelly and I are at the ASTA tent, which is conveniently located between the tall ships and the Charleston Maritime Center. Wooden boat races, air shows every morning and afternoon, and children’s pirate parades are just a few of the things that pass our tent every day. Our 2010 calendars and SAIL TALL SHIPS! directory book have been very popular sellers, and it has been great to speak with people interested in tall ship sailing.