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It’s #TALLSHIPSTUESDAY! Let’s learn about Fair Jeanne

Posted by Tall Ships America on September 13, 2016

We’re featuring our fleet of vessels that you can see, hear, and touch when they come to your host city this summer as part of the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Great Lakes 2016 Race Series.

Courtesy of Bytown Brigantine

Courtesy of Bytown Brigantine

Where you’ll find her

Ottawa, ON. This summer Fair Jeanne will be in the following TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® ports: Redpath Waterfront Festival Toronto, presented by PortsToronto;  Tall Ship Celebration: Bay CityTall Ships® Brockville

Fun Facts

Designed and built in 1982 by the late Captain Thomas G. Fuller, who was one of  Canada’s most decorated WWII naval war heroes, earning the name “Pirate of the Adriatic”.

The Backstory
Originally sailed as a private yacht, Fair Jeanne is now in service as a sail training vessel for Bytown Brigantine, a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering leadership, confidence, and self reliance in youth through the adventure of square-rig sailing.  During the summer months, she provides voyages for youth 13-19 years old and is also a floating high school.

Who Sails

http://www.tallshipsadventure.org/

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It’s a two-fer #TALLSHIPSTUESDAY! Let’s learn about Pathfinder and Playfair

Posted by Tall Ships America on August 23, 2016

 We’re featuring our fleet of vessels that you can see, hear, and touch when they come to your host city this summer as part of the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Great Lakes 2016 Race Series.

 

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Playfair

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Pathfinder

 

Where you’ll find the ships
Toronto, ON. This summer they will be at Redpath Waterfront Festival, presented by PortsToronto; Tall Ship Celebration: Bay City; Tall Ships® Brockville

 

 

 

Fun Facts
 The name “brigantines” comes from the Italian word brigantino meaning a pirate ship and was associated with the vessels favoured by them in the Mediterranean.

Their backstories
The two brigantines are specifically designed as sail training ships. Both ships sail the Great Lakes throughout the summer with a full youth crew aged 13-18, the exception being an adult captain. Each year, each ship sails over 4,000 miles, spends over 40 nights at sea, and introduces 300 trainees to the tall ship experience.

Who Sails
Youth programs, school groups from middle school through college, and interested adult groups.

http://www.torontobrigantine.org

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It’s #TALLSHIPSTUESDAY! Let’s learn about When and If

Posted by Tall Ships America on August 16, 2016

We’re featuring our fleet of vessels that you can see, hear, and touch when they come to your host city this summer as part of the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Great Lakes 2016 Race Series.

When and If

When and If

 

 

Where you’ll find the ship

Key West, FL. This summer When and If will be in the following TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® ports: Tall Ships® Fairport Harbor; Tall Ship Celebration: Bay City; Pepsi® Tall Ships® Chicago 2016; Tall Ship Festival (Green Bay) presented Nicolet National Bank; Tall Ships® Duluth 2016; Tall Ships® Erie 2016; Tall Ships® Brockville

Fun Facts
She was originally built for Gen. George S. Patton to sail around the world “When the war is over, and if I live through it…”

The backstory

The Alden schooner was built in 1939 in Maine and remained in the Patton family until the 1970s when she was sold to a Landmark school in Massachusetts. In 1994, she was relaunched and remained in private hands for the next 20 years, racing in various classic yacht regattas. In 2012 she was extensively restored and now is open to the public.

Who Sails

Individuals of all ages

http://www.sailwhenandif.com

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It’s #TALLSHIPSTUESDAY! Let’s learn about Denis Sullivan

Posted by Tall Ships America on August 9, 2016

We’re featuring our fleet of vessels that you can see, hear, and touch when they come to your host city this summer as part of the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Great Lakes 2016 Race Series.

 

Denis Sullivan Photo Discovery World

Denis Sullivan
Photo Discovery World

Where you’ll find the ship
Milwaukee, WI. This summer Denis Sullivan will be in the follow TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE(r) ports: Tall Ships® Fairport Harbor; Tall Ship Celebration: Bay City; Pepsi® Tall Ships® Chicago 2016; Tall Ship Festival (Green Bay) presented Nicolet National Bank; Tall Ships® Duluth 2016; Tall Ships® Erie 2016

Fun Facts
Denis Sullivan is the only replica of a three masted Great Lakes schooner in the world. Right now, they have a crowd sourcing campaign underway. Click here to help them meet their goals and learn more about their programs.

The backstory

The ship is a goodwill ambassador for the State of Wisconsin and is owned and operated by Discovery World in Milwaukee. From her homeport, the schooner offers educational day sails and private charters for people of all ages from May through September. The programming is committed to re-establishing the historical, cultural and environmental bonds between the community and one of it’s most valuable resources, the Great Lakes.

Who sails
Students and the general public

www.discoveryworld.org

 

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Underway on Denis Sullivan

Posted by Tall Ships America on July 27, 2016

Evan, Third Mate In Charge, and George at the helm of the Denis Sullivan with the city of Detroit in the backdrop

Evan, Third Mate In Charge, and George at the helm of Denis Sullivan with the city of Detroit in the backdrop

by Intern George

There are a lot of great places to train on a tall ship, but being at the helm is one of my favorites. I was thinking of my brother Greg, wishing he could get a picture of this beautiful ship, as we passed through the Detroit river (July 13 at 1500). Nothing but clear skies, fair winds, and calm seas!

An egg muffin fit for a fine restaurant but Ron proves it’s even more delicious on the Denis Sullivan. Ron’s positive attitude and energy are served with his meals. His natural enthusiasm always brightens our day and pushes us to be more successful with all our duties.

Chef Rod of Denis Sullivan

An egg muffin fit for a fine restaurant but Ron proves it’s even more delicious on the Denis Sullivan. Ron’s positive attitude and energy are served with his meals. His natural enthusiasm always brightens our day and pushes us to be more successful with all our duties.

Ben and George are currently underway aboard Playfair on their way to Pepsi® Tall Ships® Chicago 2016

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It’s #TALLSHIPTUESDAY! Let’s learn about Madeline

Posted by Tall Ships America on July 26, 2016

We’re featuring our fleet of vessels that you can see, hear, and touch when they come to your host city this summer as part of the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Great Lakes 2016 Race Series.

Madeline by Edgar Bringman

Madeline by Edgar Bringman

Where you’ll find the ship
Traverse City, MI. This summer she will be in the following ports: Tall Ship Celebration: Bay City; Pepsi® Tall Ships® Chicago 2016; Tall Ship Festival (Green Bay) presented Nicolet National Bank

Fun Facts

Between 1985 and 1990, 165 Maritime Heritage Alliance volunteers gave 40,000 hours to build the schooner Madeline, a 56-ft. twin-masted replica of an 1840’s commercial vessel.

Her backstory

The Maritime Heritage Alliance’s schooner Madeline is a reconstruction of a mid-19th century Great Lakes schooner and one of the State of Michigan’s official tall ships. She was built between 1985 and 1990 in Traverse City, Michigan by volunteer members of the non-profit group, the Maritime Heritage Alliance.

Her mission is to serve as a floating center for the interpretation of Great Lakes maritime history. She is open to visitors in her home port of Traverse City and travels to other Great Lakes ports under local sponsorship. Madeline’s financial support comes entirely from people who are interested in preserving Great Lakes history.

Who Sails

Trained crew members and guests of the Maritime Heritage Alliance

http://www.maritimeheritagealliance.org/

 

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Sailing Senses Part 1 of 4: Hunger

Posted by Tall Ships America on July 25, 2016

Kroger Galley Throw Down - Bay City

Kroger Galley Throw Down – Bay City

By Intern Ben

Disclaimer: This series of blogs was not my idea. The idea of the sailing “senses” was a musing posed by one of the professional crew aboard Niagara, and recent events seemed to fit the happenings here in Bay City.

And so the subject of my next four blogs will be on the so-called “senses” that we, huddled around the scuttlebut on an idle watch, deemed most descriptive of the modern tall ship sailor. These were agreed to be: Hunger, fatigue, anger, and sarcasm. Obviously senses is not quite the correct word to describe this motley group of emotions and general feelings, but I was struck by how these four aspects do seem to encompass the strange extremes of sailing life.

Food while aboard ships has always been a curious thing. Take human beings out of their natural habitat, but them in a hostile, and often inhospitable environment, and have them still expect to eat like there’s a market down the street. Much to the thanks of ship’s cooks, it was not always so. Read the rest of this entry »

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Race Updates from the Lakes

Posted by Tall Ships America on July 22, 2016

View from Niagara of Denis Sullivan Photo: Niagara

View from Niagara of Denis Sullivan
Photo: Niagara

A little known fact about the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE(r) Race Series is that, yes, the ships do race. Between each of the ports, in each of the Great Lakes, this summer tall ships will be racing each other for a shiny award and bragging rights. This year’s races are sponsored by Erie Insurance. To make the races between all these different ships and rigs more fair, we do use a handicap system so all the winners listed below are on corrected time.

So far we have had three races:

Lake Ontario
Participants – Pride of Baltimore II and Draken Harald Harfagre (read Captain Miles’ blog entry about racing with the Viking Ship)
1st Place- Pride of Baltimore II

Lake Erie
Participants – Appledore IV, Denis Sullivan, Niagara, Pride of Baltimore II, When and If
1st Place – Niagara; 2nd Place – Denis Sullivan; 3rd Place – Pride of Baltimore

Lake Huron
Participants – Appledore IV, Denis Sullivan, Niagara, Playfair, Pride of Baltimore II
Pride of Baltimore II
was first across the finish line on the water. Winners (on corrected time!)  will be announced in Chicago next Sunday night.

 

Playfair approachs the start

Playfair approachs the start of race three – Lake Huron. Photo: Niagara

 

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Finishing Up in Fairport Harbor

Posted by Tall Ships America on July 20, 2016

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Intern George on Denis Sullivan in Bay City

By Intern George

The life balance on a tall ship takes some getting use to because there are not enough hours in a day. All of the duties that I am obliged to do I do with gusto because it’s always something different and I give it my best. So, after a day of interning with Tall Ships America, when the crew is meeting on the beach to unwind for a bit you find yourself wondering if you should grab a cup of joe or a nice cold brew.

A lot of the crew showed up, even some off duty officers that helped during the festival came to chill out and have a few beers. We all needed to loosen up a bit after a hard days work. Some of the crew have liberty on Sunday and took full advantage of the time off. When you’re with good people and making new friends, it is hard to end an evening and we ended staying longer than we should have.

Sunday morning was a bit hard to wake up and get to my 0800 meeting on time. Back on the Denis Sullivan my senses had a kick-start. My nose followed the aroma of great smelling coffee and my eyes popped when I saw the Eggs Benedict! The crew on the Denis Sullivan is truly blessed with gourmet meals, thank you Chef Rod!

Now awake after a fantastic breakfast we went to check in with the liaisons. Bag check was under control so no super sleuthing the contraband today. I was then sent to the Pride of Baltimore II to make a manifest of everyone going on the 10 a.m. day sail, which was nice because I was able to meet a few more crewmembers and learn their names. After completing the list I went back to security and over the radio came a call for help from the Mayor of Fairport, Tim Manross, who was volunteering for the festival by directing cars in the VIP parking lot.

What is the protocol for working with a mayor? I felt honored given this task. Introductions were made and as it turns out Tim was a cool guy and was in need of an extra hand to get the cars moving a bit smoother. Happy to help out I sent the cars to him while he directed them into a spot. We worked together until the lot was at capacity and he then handed the parking lot off to me to fill in the spots that were opening as people went home.

Fresh baked chocolate chip cookies are wonderful, but I was grateful to be relieved around 1430 for a lunch break because I was baking in the sun. After break I spent a couple hours at Tall Ships America duties, dropping off books and picking up souvenirs. Then, I was tossed keys to a golf cart to help three of the chefs from different ships that were out shopping get the groceries back to the ships. I made four trips with a couple of pick-ups of elderly and handicapped people to help them get out of the event. It was service with a smile.

It was after 1800 when I was released for the day. There was a crew party at the local bowling alley but working in hot weather all day makes you smell quite unpleasant. I have never had a chance to swim in Lake Erie and I thought I would take a little detour before heading to the party. Also I was hoping the lake water would wake me up enough to help me finish my night.

After my quick swim/rinse down I made my way to bowling alley and ran into some friends that were getting ice cream then heading to crew party so I joined them. At the bowling alley some of the crew form the Niagara had just started a game and gladly reset their game so I could join in. I was very tired from the night before and my long day that reluctantly told them I was only there for a one game and dinner. I knew I had to get up early in the morning.

So my night was not done yet with the NEED for a good long shower that I wouldn’t be able to have on the ship so I made my way to the yacht club. Thankfully they were lending their showers and bathrooms to the crews. It was over a mile away so my round trip was over an hour that gave me time to call family and friends.

When returning couple news reporters greeted me back on the Denis Sullivan. Turns out that they are going to make this ship their home for the ride to Bay City and are going to do reports on us. After having a few laughs about stories we shared I went directly to bed to get ready for our big day of sailing tomorrow. Man, I wish I knew we were going to be filmed and broadcasted, I would have shaved at the yacht club.

Ben and George are currently sailing in Playfair on their way to the Pepsi(R) Tall Ships(R) Chicago 2016 event

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It’s #TALLSHIPSTUESDAY! Let’s learn about Appledore V

Posted by Tall Ships America on July 12, 2016

These next few months will feature our fleet of vessels that you can see, hear, and touch when they come to your host city this summer as part of the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Great Lakes 2016 Race Series.

Appledore V - Photo courtesy of BaySail

Appledore V – Photo courtesy of BaySail

 

Where she sails

Bay City, MI. This summer she’ll be in the following ports: Tall Ships® Fairport Harbor; Tall Ship Celebration: Bay City; Pepsi® Tall Ships® Chicago 2016; Tall Ship Festival (Green Bay) presented Nicolet National Bank; Tall Ships® Erie 2016

Fun Fact

This spring, BaySail launched a new program called SEA SCHOLAR. Four high school students set sail for a 30 day voyage aboard Appledore V from Key West, FL to Bay City, MI. It’s been an amazing voyage! You can read about the experience so far and follow along through Bay Sail’s website.  

The backstory

Not much has changed since we visited with Appledore IV last week, but you can read the backstory on last week’s #TALLSHIPSTUESDAY post.

Who Sails

All ages, K-12 Students

http://www.baysailbaycity.org/index.htm

 

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