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News From the Road

Posted by Tall Ships America on July 29, 2015

“News from the Road” (Updates from the TALL SHIP CHALLENGE® Race Team)

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Photo Credit: E. Short, Tall Ships America

July 4, 2015: Happy Fourth of July! We’re celebrating the holiday weekend with the tall ships in Greenport, NY. Front Street is overflowing with vendors and festival-goers, while bands play music in the park by Mitchell Marina. From ship tours to carousel rides, there’s plenty to do at Greenport TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® 2015!

July 5, 2015: The sun is shining on the north fork of Long Island today! The village of Greenport is bubbling with activity along the waterfront. More visitors crossed the decks during ship tours yesterday than there are people living in this town. But lines to board the tall ships are moving quickly, leaving festival-goers with plenty of time to explore the vendor booths and sample the local restaurants after they visit these unique vessels.

July 6, 2015: The quiet village of Greenport awoke early this morning to the sound of cannon fire, as l’Hermione made her grand entrance into the harbor. Now, thousands of locals and out-of-towners alike are lining up along the docks, eager to explore the tall ships. There’s vendor tents to visit throughout the day and dancing in the park tonight…for a small village on the North Fork, there sure is a lot of activity when the tall ships come to town!

July 7, 2015: We love being greeted every morning by the sight of ship masts towering above the village shops and restaurants. It’s the last day of TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Greenport 2015 so come on down to the waterfront and join the fun!

July 8, 2015: We had a wonderful week in Greenport with the tall ships! We’re headed home to Newport for a few days…but we’ll see you soon in Portland, Maine!

Foggy Festival (Credit Mark Warner)

Photo Credit: Mark Warner, Tall Ships America

July 18, 2015: It’s a breezy morning in Portland, Maine. The tall ships are just out of sight as eager visitors search for spots to sit along the waterfront. The Parade of Sail is due to start at 1345 and we can’t wait! The Race Team is dispersed along the docks, ready to catch dock lines and welcome the sailors to Iberdrola USA Tall Ships® Portland 2015.

July 19, 2015: Sunday morning is hidden behind the dense fog of Portland’s summer but that hasn’t stopped the crowds from coming to visit the tall ships. Maine Wharf, Maine State Wharf, Port Ocean Terminal, Compass Park, and Ocean Gateway Center are lined with vessels, music, entertainment, and vendors – no matter the weather today, Old Port is the place to be!

July 20, 2015: Last night’s intense thunderstorms have tempered into a gray, foggy blanket over the city. The towering masts and traditional rigging of the tall ships appear and disappear as thick patches of fog roll across the waterfront. But the excitement in the air is nearly as tangible as the fog – the tall ships are in town for Iberdrola USA Tall Ships® Portland and there’s so much to do!

July 21, 2015: It’s late on Tuesday morning and the festival season has come to an abrupt close. Already, most of the ships have set sail for their next destinations. We’ve sent them on their way with lots of hugs for the sailors and wishes for fair winds. We hope to see you all next year for the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Great Lakes 2016 Race Series!

Photo Credit: E. Braunstein, Tall Ships America

Photo Credit: E. Braunstein, Tall Ships America

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Crew Games

Posted by Tall Ships America on July 9, 2015

Crew Games
By Anna Sprague

Crew from L’Hermione, A.J. Meerwald, Kalmar Nyckel, and Picton Castle all showed up Tuesday morning ready to play soccer despite there being 90% humidity. Once at the fields, we warmed up and divided into teams. The teams were people in dark shirts versus people in light shirts. There was a small cheering squad in the stands from L’Hermione. The score was not kept but I’m fairly sure light shirt team scored more. After about 45 minutes, we decided it was time for a water break.

After the water break we decided to try “Swedish handball.” It’s a game combining soccer and handball. If it hits the ground you play soccer rules but you can kick it up to a teammate and, if they catch it, the game now is played by the rules of handball. It’s a fast-paced, exciting game that everyone enjoyed. Once again, the score was not kept but it was decided that dark shirts won as they scored the last goal.

It was a successful event all around. Running is not something sailors get to do often on a ship and it was nice to bring several crews together to enjoy these games.

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A Tall Ship With a Broad Reach™

Posted by Tall Ships America on July 6, 2015

A Tall Ship With a Broad Reach™
by James Rogers

Photo Credit: James Rogers

Photo Credit: James Rogers

I grew up around tall ships and as a result, I have seen many over the years. All ships are unique, but Kalmar Nyckel, a Dutch Pinnace, is by far one of the most unusual. Built in Amsterdam in about 1625, the original ship was famed for serving as the flagship of the expedition that founded the colony of New Sweden, the first permanent European settlement in the Delaware Valley.

Now, out of her home port of Wilmington, Delaware, the replica sails over 3,000 nautical miles a year, from April to November, on the Eastern Seaboard. However, part of what makes Kalmar Nyckel so singular is that she is operated primarily by a crew of 300 active volunteers, not including the captain, relief captain, and the mates. As well as sailing, the volunteers help to maintain the ship each winter in addition to providing much of the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation’s educational program throughout the year.

The new Kalmar Nyckel has one of the most in-depth educational systems I have ever seen outside a museum, with crew members taking responsibility for the tourists’ experiences and actively talking to them about the ship and her history.

Truthfully, Kalmar Nyckel always struck me as something of a cartoon, but that too, compliments her originality and singularity, and I hope I see more of her in the future.

Photo Credit: James Rogers

Photo Credit: James Rogers

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Learning about the Lines

Posted by Tall Ships America on July 5, 2015

Learning about the Lines
by Anna Sprague

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I have sailed on several ships since I stepped on my first tall ship three years ago. Every ship is different and there is always something new to learn. For the last week, I have sailed onboard Picton Castle. I have sailed on tall ships similar to Picton Castle but one of the things that make her unique to me is the use of natural fiber lines.

Historically, tall ships would have used natural fiber lines such as manila. Some tall ships have switched to using synthetic lines, though, because they last longer and tend to be more durable. This might not seem like a big deal at first but there are things you do differently when working with natural fibers versus synthetic lines. One of the first things I learned was that you have to put slack in some of the lines when it rains. The reason for this is that the line shrinks lengthwise when it is wet. This can cause the line to break if it gets too tight. One also has to be careful when climbing aloft, making sure you keep three points of contact at all times because the ratlines break more easily. In fact, all the lines have to be replaced more often than synthetic lines. There are many advantages of the manila, though. It is easier to splice. It is not as slippery as most synthetic lines so it doesn’t take as many tucks to create a sturdy splice. The natural fiber lines are also better for the environment. The fibers are usually created out of plant materials so it breaks down quickly, unlike synthetic, which is usually a polyester, nylon, or polymer material.

I have enjoyed becoming familiar with the lines on Picton Castle. The feel and the smell make it seem like I have stepped back in time. I can see better now how the lines move and work. It has made me become more aware of what I’m pulling on or climbing. Most importantly, it has made me a better sailor.

Photo Credit: James Rogers

Photo Credit: James Rogers

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News From the Road

Posted by Tall Ships America on July 3, 2015

“News from the Road” (Updates from the TALL SHIP CHALLENGE® Race Team)

An artist captures l'Hermione's likeness at the dock. (Photo Credit: Maddy Agnew)

An artist captures l’Hermione’s likeness at the dock. (Photo Credit: Maddy Agnew)

Friday, June 26: (Philadelphia/Camden) Just like yesterday, the beautiful weather has come to a grey end and has been replaced by overcast skies. Despite the encroaching storm, the band continues to play. A light breeze has been blowing off the Delaware river all day, barely enough to lift a flag. By 1300, the crowds are beginning to wind down and seek shelter from the inevitable deluge.

Crowds listen to music at Tall Ships® Philadelphia Camden 2015 (Photo Credit: Eliza Braunstein)

People listen to music at Tall Ships® Philadelphia Camden 2015 (Photo Credit: Eliza Braunstein)

Saturday, June 27, 2015: (Philadelphia/Camden) The crowds are out in full force at Tall Ships® Philadelphia Camden today, despite the rain. Colorful umbrellas bob along the docks as visitors explore the tall ships that line the piers on both sides of the Delaware. Our interns are walking along the docks distributing the newly-published Tall Ships America directory to the vessels. (Purchase a copy now for only $15!) Out on the water, passengers aboard A.J. Meerwald are helping the crew to set sail. There’s lots to do despite the drizzle, so grab your rain boots and meet us down at the waterfront!

Crowds gather to view the tall ships. (Photo Credit: Maddy Agnew)

Crowds gather to view the tall ships. (Photo Credit: Maddy Agnew)

Sunday, June 28, 2015: (Philadelphia/Camden) The crews are up and getting ready on deck to open their ships for tours. After yesterday’s rain, the warm weather and sun are welcomed. For many of the ships, they are preparing to leave port tonight or tomorrow. Come by today for your last look at the tall ships in Philadelphia and Camden!

Gazela alongside at Tall Ships® Philadelphia Camden 2015 (Photo Credit: James Rogers)

Gazela alongside at Tall Ships® Philadelphia Camden 2015 (Photo Credit: James Rogers)

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Welcome Interns!

Posted by Tall Ships America on June 22, 2015

We are pleased to announce that two summer interns will join the Race Team for the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Atlantic Coast 2015 Race Series. A huge welcome to Anna Sprague and James Rogers!

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Each summer during the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Race Series, Tall Ships America offers a team of young people the opportunity to serve as interns with the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Race Team. Throughout the course of the summer series, the interns help the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Assistant in the race office; interact with participating vessels, their crews and trainees, the port organizers and the volunteers; and represent Tall Ships America to the hundreds of thousands of people who come out to see the tall ships; and go sailing, take photographs, and blog about their experiences. Long days and hard work are a part of the job – but so are enduring friendships and memories that will last a lifetime. Since the first TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Race Series in the summer of 2001, young people from the United States and Canada, and from as far away as Japan, have had the chance to experience the CHALLENGE from this unique perspective.

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You can follow their adventures all summer long on our TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Blog!

ANNA SPRAGUE

Anna Sprague

Anna was raised in Savannah, GA. She grew up sailing a sunfish off Tybee Island. In college, she started dingy racing and sailing tall ships. Anna immediately loves anyone who can make her laugh. She plays the dijurido, and is currently learning to play the guitar. Her most common phrase is, “It’s chilly.” Anna is looking forward to working with new crews and vessels this summer.

JAMES ROGERS

James Rogers

My name is James Rogers. I am 15 years old and I will be a sophomore in North Kingstown Senior High School as of this upcoming fall. I was born in Campbell Hall, New York, on March 23, 2000. some of my interests are ships/sailing, fencing, music, poetry and socializing. I like to think that I am hard working, in addition to being very approachable and attentive. Being raised around tall ships, I couldn’t wait to go sailing aboard  the schooner Harvey Gamage in the summer of 2013. My second time I sailed aboard a tall ship was this past August, when I was aboard the brig Niagara, where I will be returning once again after my internship this summer. As a kid, I always wished my dad would take me to the events with him so that I could see the ports and check out all the tall ships I had never seen before. Now, it looks like I finally have that opportunity.

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Race to the Race Start

Posted by Tall Ships America on June 19, 2015

The best-laid plans of mice and men are no match for Neptune. Such was the case Monday morning, when the wind died just as we needed it to fill in.

An hour earlier, the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Race Team had boarded local sailor Paul’s 45’ sailboat with Tall Ships® at Cape Charles Port Organizer Capt. Dave Steward, his wife Hania and her daughter Kim, photographer Chris Glennon, and Paul himself. Picton Castle was pushing off the dock as we let go our lines and, a few finger piers away, Lynx was preparing to get underway. Read the rest of this entry »

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News From the Road

Posted by Tall Ships America on June 17, 2015

“News from the Road” (Updates from the TALL SHIP CHALLENGE® Race Team)

Finn on Lookout aboard HINDU (Credit Erin Short / Tall Ships America)

Finn on Lookout aboard HINDU (Credit Erin Short / Tall Ships America)

June 12, 2015: It is well into summer here in Cape Charles, with the temperature already into the eighties by 0900 and threatening to reach 90 degrees by midday. But there’s a gentle breeze down on the docks, where Tree of Life, Hindu, Lynx and Picton Castle are tied up. We’re expecting Serenity to arrive this evening. The crew are hard at work with last minute preparations to welcome tomorrow’s crowds. Vendors, too, are setting up and maintenance crews are doing a little weeding in the beautiful landscaping along the event site. It’s going to be a great weekend in Cape Charles and we hope to see everyone here!

Credit Eliza Braunstein / Tall Ships America

Credit Eliza Braunstein / Tall Ships America

June 13, 2015: The festival gates have just opened in Cape Charles, Virginia, and already the waterfront is full of visitors. From the harbor full of tall ships that visitors can board and vendors’ wares such as miniature handmade vessels with curved glass sails, there is so much to see and do at the festival today! There is a full day line-up of musical entertainment and, later on this morning, we’re looking forward to the black powder demonstrations by Moody Crewe. After much anticipation, Tall Ships® at Cape Charles has begun!

Ships of Glass, Inc. (Credit Tall Ships America)

Ships of Glass, Inc. (Credit Tall Ships America)

June 14, 2015: We had a great time at Tall Ships® Cape Charles yesterday and are ready for another sunny, crowd-filled day by the harbor. There’s a light breeze today to counter the heat of the summer sun. Erin & Eliza had the opportunity to sail aboard Lynx & Hindu on afternoon daysails – check out their pictures on the Tall Ships America Facebook Page and on Twitter!

Setting sail on LYNX (Credit Eliza Braunstein / Tall Ships America)

Setting sail on LYNX (Credit Eliza Braunstein / Tall Ships America)

June 15, 2015: It’s a beautiful day out on the water! The TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Race Team is underway with Tall Ships® at Cape Charles Port Organizer Capt. Dave Stewart, his wife Hania and her daughter Kim, Photographer Chris Glennon, and sailboat owner Paul who graciously invited us aboard his boat to head out to the race start. Picton Castle, Lynx, Serenity, Hindu, and Tree of Life are setting sail. There’s not much wind but it’s a glorious day on the Chesapeake!

Race Start (Courtesy of Yorktown Sailing Charters)

Race Start (Courtesy of Yorktown Sailing Charters)

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It’s Tall Ships® Tuesday! Meet LYNX.

Posted by Tall Ships America on May 19, 2015

IT’S TALL SHIPS® TUESDAY AND TODAY’S FEATURED TALL SHIP IS LYNX!

Credit: Tall Ships America

Credit: Tall Ships America

WHERE YOU’LL FIND HER:

AT TALL SHIPS® AT CAPE CHARLES 2015 (JUNE 13 – 14)

AT TALL SHIPS® PHILADELPHIA CAMDEN 2015 (JUNE 25 – 28)

AT GREENPORT TALL SHIPS® 2015 (JULY 4 – 7)

AT IBERDROLA USA TALL SHIPS® PORTLAND 2015 (JULY 18 – 20)

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:

America’s Privateer Lynx is a 122’ square topsail schooner designed and built to interpret the general configuration and operation of a privateer schooner or naval schooner from the War of 1812. Dedicated to all those who cherish the blessings of America, Lynx sails as a living history museum, providing inspiration and resolve at this time in our nation’s history. To complement her historic character, the Lynx crew members wear period uniforms and operate the ship in keeping with the maritime traditions of early 19th century America. Lynx also operates as a sail training vessel to serve as a classroom for the study of historical, environmental, and ecological issues. www.privateerlynx.com

SHIP FACTS:

Vessel Type: Square Topsail Schooner

Flag: USA

Homeport: Portsmouth, NH

Sparred Length: 122’

Rig height: 94’

Sail Area: 4,669 square feet

Power: Cat 3306B – 290 HP

Hull: Wood

Join us every Tuesday for more profiles of the ships participating in the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Atlantic Coast 2015 Race Series.

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#968 Swim call in the middle of the ocean, out of sight of land

Posted by Tall Ships America on October 13, 2011

 

Swimming in the Atlantic

On the one hand, it is exhilarating and just plain fun to have a swim call. On the other, the ocean is most definitely not a swimming pool and it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer enormity of it and your ship is so small, just floating there with “nothing” underneath it.

From Nelly, Tall Ships America Summer Intern 2009 –

“It’s one thing to swim outside of your swimming distance from land. But, when you cannot see it [land] at all…! Especially when you borrow that kid’s swim goggles and peek down, and the vastness of the ocean opens up. It gives you the heebie-jeebies! Your legs look tiny! Then you look at the the hull of your ship, your huge tall ship that houses you, your friends, enough food to cross the ocean, plus all the equipment, and it’s TINY! I can hardly look! It gives me goosebumps.”

Hull of a boat is seen from underwater-Sami Sarkis

And that is when you realize how amazing your situation is. Yes, you are a tiny object in the middle of the ocean and yes, it can be overwhelming at times. But  this ship, your fellow shipmates, your collective skills, knowledge, and teamwork have tamed Poseiden, at least long enough to let you go for a swim. Awesome.

Thank you, Nelly, for the awesome idea!

Have an idea or a story you want to share? Email it to me at erin@tallshipsamerica.org and I’ll add it to the blog with props to you.

Major credit to 1000 Awesome Things for the inspiration

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