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Race Updates from the Lakes: Part Deux

Posted by Tall Ships America on August 31, 2016

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Last Monday, we started the final race of the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE(r) Race Series outside of Duluth, MN. The race across Lake Superior had some of the best sailing of the season and the results will be announced at Tall Ships® Erie next week.

Here are the latest standings (you can read the first update here)

Lake Huron – Race Three
Participants – Appledore IV, Denis Sullivan, Niagara, Playfair, Pride of Baltimore II
Winners (on corrected time!)

Third Place – Niagara

Third Place, 3rd Race - Niagara

Third Place, Niagara

Second Place – Playfair

Second place, Playfair

Second place, Playfair

First Place – Pride of Baltimore II

First place, Pride of Baltimore II

First place, Pride of Baltimore II

 

Lake Michigan – Race Four
Thank you to the Chicago Yacht Club for their help at the race start!

Participants – Appledore IV, Denis Sullivan, Niagara, Playfair, Pride of Baltimore II, When & If
Winners

Third Place – Appledore IV

Appledore IV

Appledore IV

Second Place – Pride of Baltimore II

Pride of Baltimore II

Pride of Baltimore II

First Place – When & If

When & If

When & If

Lake Superior – Race Five
Winners to be announced next week! Captain Jan Miles of Pride of Baltimore II wrote about the sailing across Lake Superior on his Captain’s Log

 

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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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Sailing Senses Part 4 of 4: Sarcasm

Posted by Tall Ships America on August 8, 2016

By Intern Ben

Surely you can’t be serious.

            I am serious… and don’t call me Shirley.

 

The start of race four aboard Appledore IV featured the steepest of learning curves. Our minimal crew of seven, and the fact that only two of those actually belonging to the ship made for an interesting experience to say the least. The crew exchange in Chicago had robbed the schooner of its usual crew, one to the Draken Harald Hårfagre, another to El Galéon Andalucia, and the last to the U.S. Brig Niagara. As the

Monday morning broke aboard the ship, the regular crew started trickling out, and strangers started appearing on the gangway. Myself, a Chicago sailor from aboard the Red Witch, and the cook from El Galéon Andalucia. It was an interesting start.

The race continued into the afternoon and through the evening, and unlike many of the last races, the fleet seemed to group up as the race progressed, rather than growing further apart. Despite the schooner’s upwind advantage, it took most of the evening to finally pass Niagara, and most of the night to finally come abreast of Pride of Baltimore II, only to have them pass us with the wind shift.

Wednesday bloomed hot and humid, and the 20 knots of southerly wind that had been promised turned into something only a little bit better than a doldrum out of the southwest. We sweated through constant gibes and sail changes, and finally resigned to putting up an awning over the aft section to try to relieve ourselves from some of the torrid heat.

The captain came on deck to find several crew members lounging on the cabin top, glorying in our newly-made shade.

“Well, there’s our extra canvas.”

Through the light winds of the previous day and evening, all the talk aboard had been of how to maximize the schooner’s sail area. We’d had a main gaff topsail, a small sail that closes the gap between the gaff of the mainsail and the main topmast. We’d even taken the small sail out of the ship’s dinghy and sent it aloft on the foremast, a crude imitation of the same technique.

“Heck, at this point we might as well take our bedsheets and sew ‘em together for a spinnaker.”

It was also something of a sore topic for the original crew. In their haste from Bay City, they had neglected to bring aboard their fisherman sail– a large auxiliary piece of sail that goes up between the masts on traditionally-rigged schooners. With the wind on our quarter getting lighter, every inch of canvas raised meant more speed, and quicker relief from the oppressive temperature. Niagara had gone so far as to leave its cutter outboard of its rail, but with its sail raised in the hope of catching that much more breeze. Now it seemed our captain wanted to do them one better.

“Surely you can’t be serious…”

“Hell yeah, down-rig it, take the gaff from the dinghy and meet me on the bow.”

After a good deal of finicking, we’d come up with a jerry-rigged square sail. Captain Christopher affectionately christened it the fore-course, but the oblong rectangle that hung from the foremast was nothing short of ridiculous.

The sail in question... Photo credit J Clark

The sail in question…
Photo credit J Clark

Sarcasm is the sailor’s constant companion. It is his friend in all things. It gets him through the day, releases his anger, distracts him from his hunger and fatigue, and above all, gets him through these little bits of ridiculousness that pervade his profession.

However much we tease each other, we tease landlubbers more. One sailor I knew after being asked if the Chicago water intakes in Lake Michigan were floating circus tents went on to regale his passenger of the elephants and clowns he had seen the night before.

Intake "circus tents"

Intake “circus tents”

So it might have been funny to see a group of grown men putting up what amounted to a sun umbrella for a sail. Laughing about its size and shape and making as if to go below, gather shirts and sheets and start sewing new sails. But don’t laugh — that stupid sun umbrella got us a half a knot of speed!

 

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Sailing on Playfair

Posted by Tall Ships America on August 5, 2016

Pride of Baltimore II and Playfair. Photo by George

Pride of Baltimore II and Playfair. Photo by George

By Intern George

July 22, Friday

We are on Playfair, a brigantine that is the only ship to be commissioned by a reigning monarch, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.  Playfair sails under the Canadian flag. It is a great feeling with all hands on deck, everyone is busy, the wind softly cooling, the sun on your face, and knowing there is a destination but not knowing when you might make it. You’re not worried about this, you’re just happy to be part of the crew and have something new to do. On a tall ship you learn that you don’t need much to feel content.

We help Playfair sail herself; the wind is in her sails and the crew at peace with her smooth sailing, she makes us all feel like skilled sailors. We are working together for success and as we work together in close physical boundaries, we socialize. We find that we are all passionate about our work and, even though we are all doing different jobs, we find that our goals are the same. We just finished the race from Bay City, MI to the Straits of Mackinac around Bois Blanc Island with Playfair finishing second in the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE®. Working together successfully calls for some maritime merriment.

We have five days before we have to be in Chicago so our captain, Colin Burt, manages to sweet-talk his way into free docking and bathroom and shower facilities for us on Mackinac Island. My home is in Chicago but in my free time I am a Michigander. My family spends a good amount of time vacationing in the UP (Upper Peninsula) at our family farm. Mackinac Island connects the upper and lower parts of Michigan and I have never been able to fit a visit in. I find that I am just as excited about docking as the crowds are in the marina from the surprise visit of couple tall ships.

We dock-up next to the Pride of Baltimore II and the crew begins buzzing like busy bees to tidy up and make Playfair orderly and looking its best.  This job was compounded with endless questions from people walking the pier. The crew is pleased to share their adventures in sailing and knowledge of the ship to the delighted visitors. With our curiosity to go ashore at bay, we entertain the crowd as we tell our sailing stories with pride and pleasure.

A hot water shower is a precious commodity on a tall ship and as we go ashore on Mackinac Island the crew races for the opportunity to be the first in the shower.  As in sailing, the not knowing how long it will take to get to a destination, it is the same with a shower; not knowing how long the hot water will last.

Free to roam and explore the island we find it to be a unique scene. There is a lot of action but in a Victorian style.  We hit the shops for personal items, souvenirs, and, of course, the fudge and ice cream. I ended my day watching the sunset on the shore with the Mackinac Bridge in sight. I am thinking of my family hoping the wind and waves are on our side as we navigate to Chicago for the Navy Pier festival. Even if is it is only for a few days, I’m going home!

We are catching up with the intern’s adventures throughout the summer. Last week, they were at the Pepsi® Tall Ships® Chicago 2016 and this week we are at the Tall Ship® Festival presented by Nicolet Bank in Green Bay. Ben raced out of Chicago on Appledore IV and George sailed up to Sturgeon Bay aboard Draken Harald Harfagre. They will both be sharing their experiences here on the blog.

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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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#TBT: Sailing in Toronto Harbor

Posted by Tall Ships America on July 21, 2016

Can you do a Throwback Thursday on a blog post? Well, we are doing it (we’re crazy like that).  Read about Ben and his time sailing in Toronto Harbor aboard Playfair. Ben and George are currently sailing in Playfair, en route to Pepsi(R) Tall Ships(R) Chicago 2016 (July 27-31). You’ll be able to read all about their adventures here so stay tuned for updates. 

 

Off to the race

Off to the race!

By Intern Ben

The day started as usual at the Redpath Waterfront Festival– up bright and early to meet the staff in preparation for the imminent crowds. The day after Canada Day came with the promise of an amazing turn-out, with clear skies and lots of sun.

The lines appeared seemingly moments after ticket sales opened. Soon so many people were waiting that the queue looped around B the length of the quay. It was soon apparent that most of these were here to see El Galéon, the Spanish replica out of Seville. Indeed, the line waiting to walk up it’s gang -way persisted most of the day as a constant stream of people flowers on and off her decks.

Later we were able to join the Toronto Brigantines for an afternoon sail across the Harbor. Playfair, Pathfinder, and Kingston, ON- based Saint Lawrence II were sailing in company as the wind picked up around the early evening. The brigantines heeled pleasantly as they reached down the harbor, before turning around to beat back up to Harbor Square.

A strange image after modern racers, the brigantines nonetheless made an impressive sight dueling upwind. The strongest gusts sent water over the bulwarks, even reaching the shallow quarterdecks on the roll. Hands to sheets and braces on leeward ensured all had wet feet on the tacks. Still, the call of “let go and haul” came, there was the beautiful sight of the yards swinging around to cut an arc across the setting sun.

We arrived back at harbor square coming in on engine power, and formed a pontoon with the already docked playfair. It was then that I was surprised to hear the offer to go aloft and help with the furling. I quickly fetched a harness and lay on to the ratlines. The first few steps, so much like the first steps ashore after sailing, were unsteady and hesitant.

Being back in the rigging of a tall ship was a welcome respite after my many months of sitting ashore, and the crew of Playfair were as agile with the rigging as they were quick with the braces.

Little did I expect on my second day in Toronto to find myself 30 feet above the harbor, helping a crew of teenagers furl the topsails on a brigantine, and hanging on to the yard for dear life, but like riding a bike, some things are never forgotten. And with the parade of sail tomorrow I know it will soon be time to turn our ships south– Erie beckons.

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It’s #TALLSHIPSTUESDAY! Let’s learn about Red Witch

Posted by Tall Ships America on July 19, 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.

Red Witch lr

Where you’ll find the ship
Chicago, IL. This summer she will be participating at Pepsi® Tall Ships® Chicago 2016

Fun Facts
Named after the epic sea story, Wake of the Red Witch, by Garland Roark. The salon features posters from the 1949 film based on the story, starring John Wayne and Gail Russell.

The backstory
Schooners like Red Witch could be seen a hundred years ago sailing in the Great Lakes. Red Witch is based on a design by the famous naval architect, John Alden and was built specifically for charter passenger travel. Red Witch has enjoyed a long pedigree of charter sailing, beginning in Hawaii and San Diego before moving to the Great Lakes. She has also been a registered Exhibition Tall Ship, and was awarded flagship status at the State of Ohio’s Bicentennial celebration in 2003.

Who Sails
Individuals and families, professional groups

http://www.redwitch.com/

 

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Wind from the Windy City

Posted by Tall Ships America on October 8, 2013

We continue to play catch up from our summer events. Here is Brian’s recap of the final race of the series out of Chicago…

The mood on the ship seemed a little down as crew on Sorlandet had to say good-bye to a number of volunteers and crewmembers in Chicago. After many months working with each other it was now time for everyone to start going their separate ways. It was sad to see our shipmates leave, but we still had one more race to go in the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Race Series.  This was also my last sail with the fleet this summer, so I was hoping for a great sail.

After a late departure on Monday we said farvel (as the Norwegians would say) to Chicago. Many people hoped that it wouldn’t take another 80 years for Sorlandet to return to Chicago. As we made our way past the breakwaters the crews prepared the sails for the start of the race. Dark clouds loomed in the distance making us all leery that at any moment we might have to take in sail. That whole morning we had been receiving conflicting weather reports, so we were unsure of what was going to happen out on the lake. However, a good sailor should be prepared for any kind of weather, and this was another test to see how ready we were.  Read the rest of this entry »

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