Reception in The District
Posted by Tall Ships America on May 17, 2016
It’s been bonkers here at Tall Ships America HQ. The weather has finally (finally!) started to feel like Spring, which means that the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Great Lakes 2016 Race Series is just around the corner. Our summer interns have been hired and I am excited to share their stories with you later this week. And, to top it all off, I celebrated my ten year anniversary at Tall Ships America last month. Mind=Blown. You can read about my five year anniversary here and I have a post to share next week.
One thing that we do every year to set the groundwork for our TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® series is an annual reception in the U.S. Capitol Building (read about past receptions here, here, here and here). These events provide an opportunity for us to present and discuss future TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Race Series to an international audience. Naval attaches from all over the world are invited, along with political representatives from the ports that host the tall ships, and our Host Port Organizers. It takes about six weeks for us to prepare for this reception and then it’s all over within two hours. Whew!
For the remainder of the week, we visit the embassies to speak personally to those attaches, telling them all about our incredible ports and amazing events. It’s fascinating and exhausting (So. Much. Talking.) However, spending a week in Washington, DC is one of the highlights of my year. It never gets old to look up and see the Washington Monument or zip by the White House on the way to an appointment.
This year, we had speeches from Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and the Vice Commandant of the United States Coast Guard, Admiral Charles Michel. We had attaches representing the countries of Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, England, Mexico, Pakistan, Portugal, Romania, Spain and Uruguay. Host Port Partners from Boston, Chicago, Toronto and Erie were in attendance, as well. Here are some photos, if you would like to see –