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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.

Serenity sails by on her way into Cape Charles

Serenity sails by on her way into Cape Charles

Despite the heat, the community of Cape Charles could not have been more welcoming to the tall ships who were in their harbor this past weekend- Picton CastleLynx, Tree of Life, Hindu and Serenity

Several of the ships did afternoon sails throughout the weekend, which was a great opportunity to 1. take photos of the ships under sail and 2. get out on the Chesapeake Bay to enjoy some good sailing.  Eliza and I had the opportunity to partake in afternoon sails on both Lynx and Hindu. It was glorious.

Taking in sail on Lynx

Taking in sail on Lynx

Raising sail on Hindu

Monday morning we had our first race of the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Race Series which didn’t work out quite as smoothly as we wanted it to. As they say, “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.”  All told, we got a nice morning sail in before we headed to the airport and were able to see the ships under sail, albeit at a distance. Eliza will post about her experience on the race committee boat tomorrow.

Tall Ships® at Cape Charles kicked off the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Atlantic Coast 2015 Race Series. Eliza, our new intern (who will be featured here on Monday), and I head down the coast on Tuesday – See you next week for the Tall Ships® Philadelphia-Camden event!

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