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Full Circle

Posted by Tall Ships America on September 22, 2016

This year’s TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Race Series began and ended in Canada. On July 1, we welcomed the ships to the Redpath Waterfront Festival Toronto, presented by PortsToronto. On September 16th, the fleet arrived at Tall Ships® Brockville 2016.

Darlene and I had arrived Thursday, making sure to stop at Niagara Falls and Anchor Bar in Buffalo (the birthplace of buffalo wings) on our way into town. The Thousand Island region is a beautiful area to drive through and I wish we had more time to explore the castles which seem to dot the area with some frequency.


Friday dawned crisp, with a hint of fall in the air. Black Jack, Empire Sandy, Fair Jeanne, El Galeon, Mist of Avalon, Pride of Baltimore II, St. Lawrence II, and When and If, all participated in the parade of sail. Spectators lined the shore on Friday afternoon to welcome the ships to the City of 1000 Islands, Brockville, Ontario.



Brockville is one of the Ontario’s oldest European-Canadian communities and was named for Major-General Issac Brock. Brock was considered the “Hero and Saviour” of Upper Canada because of his success in securing the surrender by Americans of Fort Detroit during the War of 1812. Luckily, there seemed to be no lingering hard feelings during our visit.

Tall Ships(R) Brockville organizer Dave Paul, center

Tall Ships(R) Brockville organizer Dave Paul, center

Despite rainy weather on Saturday, the waterfront of Brockville was bustling and that energy continued into Sunday.


All too soon, it was Sunday night and Darlene and I were hitting the road to head back home to Tall Ships America HQ. Two and a half months on the road, ten events throughout the Lakes, countless hours in airports and miles driven, so many early morning meetings (so many), and one intern still sailing on a tall ship (George continues his adventures on When & If!). How can you say goodbye to these characters?…


It already feels like a year ago that we were in Toronto – excited and nervous about the summer but ready for the adventure to begin.

Thank you to everyone – our amazing Port Partners and their incredible teams; our beautiful and fun fleet of tall ships; and the yacht clubs that helped with all of the race starts.

Finally, a huge thank you to Erie Insurance, Official Race Sponsor of the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Great Lakes Race Series.

Erie Insurance - Official Race Sponsor of the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE(r) Great Lakes 2016

Erie Insurance – Official Race Sponsor of the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE(r) Great Lakes 2016

See you all again in 2019!

PS. Race recaps  – First update, second update and final awards

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