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Blue Skies and Blue Angels

Posted by Tall Ships America on April 17, 2018

Photo B Holmen

It was a picture perfect evening in Pensacola. Crowds of people milled about in the fading light, waiting for their arrival. A helicopter hovered nearby. Then, a low roar in the distance and the crowd started to cheer as the Blue Angels screamed through the sky overhead and towards the horizon, perfectly in formation. It was my first time seeing the Blue Angels perform and, I have to say, it was pretty cool. Even people who see them regularly (they practice nearby) were yelling and whistling like it was their first time. It was a performance that capped off a very special, and very busy, weekend in Pensacola.

Photo B Holmen

Tall Ships® Pensacola ended Sunday and the tall ships are on their way up the Mississippi River to Tall Ships® New Orleans (you can track them here). This was not the first time Pensacola has hosted a tall ship, but it was the first time they had hosted a whole fleet of vessels. Oosterschelde, Picton Castle, Elissa and Oliver Hazard Perry were our boarding vessels and the visitors came down to Plaza del Luna by the thousands. Our two day sail vessels were constantly sailing in and out of their dock, to the delight of the crowds. It’s one thing to board the vessels while they are at the dock, it’s another to see the ship in action – sails full of wind, captain at the helm giving orders and, of course, the cannons. Lynx always obliged the crowds with their cannon fire. I could actually hear them ten blocks away!

 

Lynx fires her cannon Photo J Rogers

 

Intern James had the opportunity to go sailing on When and If  and it looked like a beautiful afternoon to be out on the water. Lucky intern….

Looking at Lynx from When and If
Photo J Rogers

All too quickly, it was time to hit the road. We left town yesterday morning and, by the afternoon, were in New Orleans. It’s hard to believe that after two years of planning for this Gulf Coast series, we are here. From New Orleans, Lynx, When and If, and Oliver Hazard Perry will continue up the Atlantic Coast and we will see them again at Sail Philadelphia over Memorial Day Weekend, May 24-28. Until then, laissez les bon temps rouler! (Let the good times roll!)

 

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