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Of floating cars, canals and Green Bays

Posted by Tall Ships America on August 12, 2010

Sweet ride!

 My morning started early today. As I made my way to the bus at 6am that was to take me and some lucky Parade of Sail passengers up to Sturgeon Bay to meet the fleet, Green Bay was blanketed in thick, soupy fog. During the hour long ride, there would be brilliant patches of blue sky and sun, only to be doused by fog a few minutes later. Patti was about three miles out on Lake Michigan with the Coast Guard surrounded by ships but not being able to see anyone.  Every so often, a tall ship would emerge  only to be swallowed up a few moments later and lost to the fog once again.

Meanwhile, I was in Sturgeon Bay along the canal and it was a bright and sweltering morning. That didn’t deter the crowds from coming down with their beach chairs and coolers. I arrived in town at 7am and there was already a few hundred people eagerly awaiting the ships to sail on by. Finally, around 9am, the first bridge went up and the ships started to make their way to Green Bay, blasting their cannons along the way to the delight of the specators.

EUROPA

BOUNTY

And then the ships were all on thier way…

Off to Green Bay

Right now, Lynx, Roseway, Friends Good Will and Appledore IV have all arrived into the town of Green Bay. The rest of fleet will be arriving throughout the rest of the afternoon. Tonight is the crew part and awards ceremony for the race across Lake Superior.  From the race office, we see Niagara is coming around the bend in the river, with Bounty and the rest of the fleet behind her –  which means the BayLake Bank Tall Ships Festival is about to begin!

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