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We rendez-vous’d and you can too

Posted by Tall Ships America on June 29, 2017

Gulden Leeuw (Netherlands) celebrates their 3rd place in the Class A race from Bermuda at the Crew Parade in Boston

It’s funny. It doesn’t matter how many ports we have lined up for the summer, it always feels like it went by way too fast. This summer was no exception. Just last month, we welcomed a fleet of ships to Charleston and it was only last week that we waved goodbye from Boston. In between, I had the opportunity to spend a week in Bermuda and next month, Darlene and I are road-tripping our way to Quebec City for the final send off before the ships sail back to Europe as part of the Rendez-vous  2017 Tall Ships® Regatta.

But first, we begin in Charleston where Tall Ships® Charleston welcomed an international fleet of vessels. Ships represented Argentina, Spain, Germany, Netherlands, and the states of South Carolina, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, and Florida. Read the rest of this entry »

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Do you have your summer plans yet?

Posted by Tall Ships America on March 14, 2017


You might have heard about a little event going on this summer? Rendez vous 2017 Tall Ships® Regatta has been a years-in-planning transatlantic race series and it kicks off on April 13th in Greenwich, England. While there will be a ton of coverage of the ships throughout the summer on social and traditional media, you don’t have to be an armchair sailor to enjoy the tall ships. You (yes, you) can be a part of this incredible story! You can sail on board a tall ship! Across the ocean!

You can join the ship in Europe or, for slightly shorter legs in either Charleston for the feeder race to Bermuda or in the only U.S. stop in the RDV 2017, Boston. If you are interested in joining this grand adventure, there are two options for you – Sail on Board and Sailing Ship Adventures . Our friends at Sail Training International put together the above excellent video to give you a taste of what sail training is all about: camaraderie, adventure, seeing the world, meeting new people, and sailing a really cool tall ship.  When your friends asked what you did over the summer, how cool would it be to say, “Sailed on board a tall ship”? Join us for an adventure of a lifetime.





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Guest Post: Landfall, Gloucestering, Bean-town and New York Bound

Posted by Tall Ships America on October 14, 2011

6 October, 2011

Pos: 41 07.1′N x 072 39.5′W
Wx: WNW F2, Seas calm, Sunny

PRIDE OF BALTIMORE II made landfall in Portland, Maine, five days ago. I can hear what you’re thinking – if you were so early getting the boat to the US, why is the blog so late? Well the interim days have been a bit of a whirlwind. In making Portland, we drove PRIDE II hard from the time of the last blog. Starting with a strong breeze just abaft the beam, we slowly took in sail as the wind veered, all the while laying a rhumb line for Portland. The Stuns’l had to come in when a fairlead for it parted, the T’gallant and Gaff top were too much by sunset, and near midnight, with the wind ahead of the beam, we reefed the Mains’l and took in the Jibtops’l. Even still, PRIDE II was charging along at 10 knots through the inky black and squall speckled night. Approaching Portland harbor, we took in the Foretops’l and saw the last of the rain.

Originally intending to anchor off of Portland Yacht Services (PYS), we sailed all the way to a spot I’d picked days before near the mooring field. But Phin Sprague, owner of PYS is a lover of tall ships and was kind enough to offer us a dock for clearing customs. There is no sailing through all the classic yachts and fishing vessels off PYS, so we took in sail where we would have anchored, and picked our way through the scattered boats under engines for the first time since securing in Lunenburg. Arriving at dawn, we were cleared through customs by 0815, but the crew was another three hours in stowing. We had, after all, used every sail we had.

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Palm trees and old friends

Posted by Tall Ships America on July 11, 2009



Welcome aboard SAGRES

Welcome aboard SAGRES













Packed with people to tour the tall ships, Boston is alive and going strong.  Yesterday Nelly and I watched as hundreds of people lined up at Fish Pier and World Trade Center to enter the gates at 5 p.m. sharp.  Even the harbor was crawling with tour boats and smaller recreational vessels. Read the rest of this entry »

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Boston…where everybody knows your name

Posted by Tall Ships America on July 10, 2009

Class A vessels at Fish Pier and World Trade Center - Amelia Smith

Class A vessels at Fish Pier and World Trade Center - Amelia Smith








      While Boston got off to a rainy start, the captain of Kruzenshtern promised to bring the sun and every day since has been a perfect summer day.  The ships are spread out across Boston from the World Trade Center, all the way up to the USS Constitution Museum where the Eagle is docked. Read the rest of this entry »

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A 4th of July welcome into Boston

Posted by Tall Ships America on July 5, 2009

As New England enjoys a second day of beautiful, sunny weather, two ships wait as the rest of  fleet makes their way up the coast and heads towards Boston.  Irek Zubko of Fazisi said that as their vessel arrived in Boston last night, they were welcomed into the harbor by the annual fireworks display. It was an amazing site and much appreciated by the crew after a week at sea. The crew is thrilled to be in Boston and they are thoroughly enjoying this historic city and looking forward to the next maritime city of Halifax. Fazisi is not alone in Boston, Rona II had finished the race as of this morning. Here are the standings as of noon today, all on corrected time: Read the rest of this entry »

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Race Four Update – Day Three

Posted by Tall Ships America on July 1, 2009

After a wet start, the vessels are underway and sailing toward Boston. I hope the weather is better at sea than it is here in Newport! Torrential rain, thunder and lightning are on tap for the rest of the week.  Aaah, New England in the summer. Here are the overall standings (on corrected time) for the race as of this morning: Read the rest of this entry »

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International goodwill alive and well

Posted by Tall Ships America on June 18, 2009

Not only do the ships race, but they also do a little rescue at sea. Read on to see how the Brazillian sail training vessel Cisne Branco helped a disabled sailboat. Cisne Branco will be in Boston for the Sail Boston event July 8-12.

The Norfolk Virginian-Pilot

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Brazilian ship helps crew of disabled sailboat off Cape Hatteras

By Patrick Wilson

The Virginian-Pilot

The Brazilian navy ship Cisne Branco helped the crew of a disabled sailboat on Wednesday about 200 nautical

miles off the coast of Cape Hatteras.

The three-person crew aboard the sailboat Infata called the U.S. Coast Guard for help about 10 p.m. Tuesday

in rough weather. The sailboat, headed to Long Island Sound, had engine problems and its crew was unable to

set the mainsail, a Coast Guard news release said.

The Cisne Branco crew responded at 8 a.m. to a distress call from the Coast Guard to all ships in the area and found

the sailboat about 2:20 p.m., the news release said. The Cisne Branco, a tall ship, has visited Norfolk for

events such as Sail Virginia. It is homeported in Rio de Janeiro.




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