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Cherry Blossom Peeping

Posted by Tall Ships America on May 22, 2015

Captain Batsford (Canada), Lea Parrell (RedPath Toronto Waterfront Festival), CAPT Eric Jones (USCG)

Captain Batsford (Canada), Lea Parrell (RedPath Toronto Waterfront Festival), CAPT Eric Jones (USCG)

Earlier this month, Team Tall Ships America headed to our nation’s capital for our annual reception in the Lyndon B. Johnson Room in the U.S. Capitol. Hosted by Rhode Island Senator, Sheldon Whitehouse, we had a wonderful turn out of naval attaches (representing the countries of Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, India, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Portugal, Oman, Spain and Uruguay), Tall Ships America Board Members,  TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Host Ports, and supporters of sail training, including Senator Jack Reed (RI). We use this reception as an opportunity to cultivate relationships with foreign navies for future events and to announce  upcoming TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® events. Here are some photos if you would like to see –

J. Kramer, Navy Pier Chicago & Commander Hernandez, Mexico

 

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse

The next day, Bert and I made the rounds to some embassies, personally visiting with attaché’s who could not attend the reception so we could drop off information about the series and formally invite their ships to the events. I got to cross another embassy off my list, this year was Mexico –

Embassy of Mexico (if you look very closely you can see me trying to get the perfect shot in the reflection)

Embassy of Mexico (if you look very closely, you can see me trying to get the perfect shot in the window)

Another highlight of the day was seeing the L. Ron Hubbard House (the birthplace of Scientology!) Alas, there wasn’t enough time for a tour but the outside of the house was so pretty –

L Ron Hubbard House (can you see the spaceship?) (just kidding)

L Ron Hubbard House

As I said in my post last year, the main reason for our visit is to maintain relationships that we have established within the international maritime community and create new ones, while at the same time promoting sail training and adventure and education under sail. It is always a whirlwind of a week when we visit DC and one of my favorite weeks of the year.

LCDR Willis (Canada)_Sam Breene (representing Congressman Mike Kelly, PA), Caleb Pifer and guest

Commodore Noziglia (Argentina), Bert Rogers (Tall Ships America)

Commodore Noziglia (Argentina), Bert Rogers (Tall Ships America)

Shamelessly pretty shot

Shamelessly pretty shot

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