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Kick off in Toronto

Posted by Tall Ships America on July 5, 2016

The stare down

The stare down

We are just back from a whirlwind four days in the city of Toronto. This past weekend, Redpath Waterfront Festival Toronto, presented by PortsToronto, hosted El Galeon Andalucía, Draken Harald Harfagre and Pride of Baltimore II. In addition, local tall ships Pathfinder, Playfair, St. Lawrence 2, Empire Sandy, Mist of Avalon, Kajama and Challenge, were also docked along the waterfront. We had spectacular weather (with a brief thunderstorm to keep everyone on their toes) and thousands of people toured the ships.

Crowds Toronto

 

On July 1, Canada Day, the harbor was lit up with fireworks. It was a spectacular sight to see with the tall ships along the waterfront.

George on deck

The interns, Ben and George, had the opportunity to sail on the Toronto Brigantines for the race between Pathfinder, Playfair and St. Lawrence II. They will be sailing in Niagara for arrival into Tall Ships® Fairport Harbor 2016 on Thursday.

Off to the race

 

Sunday afternoon, the ships departed and graced the city of Toronto with one last look as they paraded through the Toronto Harbor and headed on their  way to our second TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Host Port, Fairport Harbor, Ohio.  Pride of Baltimore II and Draken Harald Harfagre headed to the start line for the first race of the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Race Series, sponsored by Erie Insurance.

Thank you to the wonderful organizers of Redpath Waterfront Festival Toronto! We had an amazing time in your lovely city.

Next stop, Fairport Harbor!

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