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Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas

Posted by Tall Ships America on September 2, 2016

at the dock and day sail w logo

It’s been over a week since the ships sailed out of Duluth and I said goodbye to our summer interns. Ben headed back to college and George sailed away on When & If . Tomorrow is September 3 and all I hear around Tall Ships America HQ is, “Where did August go?!” But not so fast, we still have three more festivals (Festival of Sail Sandusky, Tall Ships® Erie, and Tall Ships® Brockville)  and summer doesn’t officially end until September 22nd. Read the rest of this entry »

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Draken

Posted by Tall Ships America on August 19, 2016

Can you see George on deck?

Can you see George on deck? Hint: Find the red shirt…

By Intern George

August 1, Monday

I see red. The dried blood red meant to inspire fear at the site of Draken Harald Hårfagre and sense of aggression, anger, hostility, and danger sends a shiver up my spine. As I step onto the Viking vessel with the dragon carved into the prow, her centrally placed mast with a single square sail, and her decorative shields covering her graceful “clinker” style hull I feel empowered with strength, stealth, and vigor. I am in love.

As a boy, I have always fantasized sailing in a Viking ship. Illustrative pictures in storybooks or cartoons have always romanticized the profile this ship has, and I feel fortunate for the opportunity to sail on the Draken for Tall Ships America, most likely her last voyage in the Great Lakes. She bravely crossed the Atlantic Ocean with her expert and cheerful crew to show us one of the finest artistic and constructed tall ships in the fleet.

All hands on deck as we set sail after supper. Leaving the Windy City, we are underway by 1700 and headed for Green Bay with a couple of stops planned along the way. We will sail throughout the night with our sights set on Manitowoc. I am stationed on the 3rd starboard watch, which meant I was going to have the 8 to 12 shifts. Those hours are very enjoyable because they have a normal sleep schedule. Read the rest of this entry »

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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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Superior’s Welcome, or The Storm

Posted by Tall Ships America on August 15, 2016

By Intern Ben

Under Mackinac Bridge Photo by Ben

Under Mackinac Bridge
Photo by Ben

You like lakes? They got great lakes in the midwest… one of them is superior!

-Jim Gaffigan

The crew aboard When And If was stranded in Green Bay Monday and Tuesday, waiting for a critical engine component to arrive by overnight shipping from Seattle. Despite the drudgery of waiting for a delivery and a mechanic, the short layover afforded us plenty of time to complete important tasks, like cleaning the heads, cleaning the refrigerator and cleaning the coolers. Monday night saw the confirmation that the part had shipped, among other surprises. Our wonderful ship liaison invited us for a barbecue and had secured us tickets to Jim Gaffigan’s comedy performance the same night. It was clear at that point that being stranded in Wisconsin had its advantages.

Luckily the next morning saw the prompt delivery of the transmission component we’d been waiting for, as well as the arrival of the mechanic to aid in the installation. By the evening, we were off, and steaming up the bay towards the open waters of Lake Michigan.

The night and morning showed little wind as we made our way towards the Straits of Mackinac, and this time I made sure to be awake as we made our way under the bridge.

We headed north around the Island and stopped for a swim call, eager for one last dip before reaching the frigid waters of Lake Superior. Read the rest of this entry »

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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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Rockin’ and Rollin’ in 2016

Posted by Tall Ships America on February 11, 2016

Quebec City Photo Credit Sail Training International

Quebec City Photo Credit Sail Training International

We’ve been busy here at Tall Ships America HQ. Between battling snow storms, hosting 450 sail trainers and sailors from around the world in Quebec City, and gearing up for our TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Great Lakes 2016 Race Series, January was a blur and February isn’t too far behind. Here is what you’ve missed:

We went to Quebec City for our annual conference and it was awesome. For presentations and video, visit the Agenda page on the blog

I recapped our award ceremonies, too:

TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Atlantic Coast 2015 awards

Annual Sail Training Awards

Captain Dan Moreland and Nancy Richard special recognition

You can find photos from the conference on our Flickr page and the Sail Training International website

It’s hard to believe but we are already planning our 2017 conference (it will be on the Atlantic Coast). Stay tuned!

From the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® department, we’ve had ship announcements from Bay City, Duluth and Toronto. More ports will be announcing their lineups in the next few weeks! (We will post the complete line up of ships on our website once all of the ports have announced their tall ships.)

A list of the Official TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Host Ports and schedule of events is on our website www.tallshipsamerica.org

Don’t miss anything – follow us on Twitter @tallshipsfleet and join our
TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® group on Facebook.

 

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That summer we raced all over the Great Lakes

Posted by Tall Ships America on September 13, 2013

This summer, for the first time, we had a race in each of the Great Lakes. While not every race went quite according to plan (the final race to the top of Lake Michigan was supposed to be 180 nm of heated competition, turned into a quick and dirty 8nm race due to terrible weather and the need to get the ships quickly to safe harbor) and sometimes the wind wasn’t always helpful at the start, we can still say that there were five races and each Lake was represented. Here are the overall results, in case you missed them:

Race One: Toronto “Round the Buoys” towards Welland Canal – Lake Ontario
1st Pride of Baltimore II
2nd Lynx
3rd Sorlandet

Race One winners: 1st, Pride of Baltimore II; 2nd, Lynx; 3rd, Sorlandet

Race One winners: 1st, Pride of Baltimore II; 2nd, Lynx; 3rd, Sorlandet

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A Superior Race

Posted by Tall Ships America on August 11, 2013

Sunset riggingAugust 8th, 2013

By Brian Holmen

 We wrapped up the festival in Duluth and got ready for the longest race of the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE®. The race would start from Duluth and end at the eastern end of Lake Superior, off of Whitefish Point. This leg is known for its great downwind sailing and it will give some of the bigger square-rigged ships a better chance against the smaller schooners.

After these past few weeks onboard Lynx, it was time for me to move on to a new ship. For the race across Lake Superior I would be joining Sørlandet. Sørlandet is a Norwegian full-rigged ship and, at 210 feet, she is an impressive sailing vessel. During the winter she is used by Class Afloat, a high school program for 11th and 12th graders. During the school year they sail around the world using the ship as a floating classroom.     Read the rest of this entry »

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Navigating through the frigid waters of Lake Superior

Posted by Tall Ships America on August 10, 2013

Clearing

Duluth, Minnesota, July 27th, 2013
By Brian Holmen

Lake Superior is known for being a very cold lake. With an average water temperature around 40 degrees Fahrenheit it’s not ideal conditions for a casual swim. Unless you live on Lake Superior where a swim in 40 to 50 degree water is casual.  As we left Sault Ste. Marie and made our way through the Soo Locks, we knew we had entered Lake Superior when we started reaching for our wool clothing.

Our voyage through Lake Superior was just a cruise. There wasn’t any racing, we just had to be in Duluth, Minnesota by July 25th. After leaving Sault Ste. Marie the air temperature had dropped down to the 50’s and we were all wearing every bit of clothing we had. To be honest I was much happier with this cold weather. It was a nice break from the 90-degree heat. However, many of the crew hailed from southern states and tropical islands, so they weren’t as thrilled as I was about the cold.

There was also another thing that was haunting many of the crew. Over the course of the summer it has become a goal of many of the crews to not only sail in all the Great Lakes, but to swim in all the Lakes. It has been dubbed the ‘Five Lakes Challenge’.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Winter in July…or a summer weekend in Duluth

Posted by Tall Ships America on August 2, 2013

The sun comes out for the last evening sails of the event

The sun comes out for the last evening sails of the event

Patti and I blasted in Duluth last Wednesday after going home for a few days in between TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® events.  That night I had the opportunity to go out with some friends to experience some small boat racing with the local yacht club. It was a gorgeous evening spent with very funny people on the water watching  fast boats sail around.  

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