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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 #TALLSHIPSTUESDAY! Let’s learn about Mist of Avalon

Posted by Tall Ships America on September 6, 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.

 

Mist of Avalon

Mist of Avalon

 

Where you’ll find the ship

Toronto, ON.  This summer Mist of Avalon will be in the following TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® ports: Tall Ships® Fairport Harbor; Tall Ship Celebration: Bay City; Pepsi® Tall Ships® Chicago 2016; Tall Ships® Duluth 2016; Tall Ships® Erie 2016; Tall Ships® Brockville

Fun Facts

She has a wood burning stove below decks (!)

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The Quick Backstory
Launched in 1967, she spent twenty years fishing for cod in the North Atlantic. Abandoned at a Halifax pier, she was bought and converted into a 19th century Grand Banks schooner.

Who Sails
Individuals of all ages

www.mistofavalon.org

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It’s #TALLSHIPSTUESDAY! Let’s learn about Empire Sandy

Posted by Tall Ships America on August 30, 2016

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#TALLSHIPSTUESDAY is back, y’all! After a brief hiatus, we return just in time for the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Great Lakes Race Series. 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. Let’s do this!

EMPIRE SANDY

Where you’ll find the ship
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

This summer she will be at Tall Ships® Brockville

Fun Facts
The Empire Sandy was laid down in the shipyard of Clelands (Successors), Willington Quay-on-Tyne England on Dec 22, 1942. She was built as an Englishman/Larch class Deep Sea Tug with the added provision for mounting two Hotchkiss Anti-Aircraft guns. She was completed and went into service on July 14, 1943. Her first voyage commenced July30th sailing in convoy to Iceland. Voyages were usually done in convoys for protection against the German U-Boats. The Empire Sandy sailed in a total of sixteen convoys to her destinations.

She served in the North Atlantic from Iceland to Sierra Leone, the Mediterranean Sea, Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean.

The backstory (tell me more!)
The 200-foot topsail schooner the Empire Sandy is Canada’s largest schooner. Built in 1943, she sails with 11,000 square free of canvas and has double cannons that are fired at special times. Sails are hoisted as the tall ship departs and the wind is harnessed to propel the 740 ton vessel along Toronto’s scenic waterfront. Wide expansive decks and wood paneled dining areas set the tone for a comfortable, exhilarating experience. Empire Sandy has hosted a variety of small and large groups including weddings, corporate events, dinner dance events canal tours and more. Moored at the foot of Spadina Avenue at Queens Quay’s is also certified for out of town trips.

Who Sails
All ages

http://www.empiresandy.com/

 

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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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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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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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Update from Race One in Lake Ontario

Posted by Tall Ships America on July 6, 2016

Waiting on the start...

Waiting on the start…

After three glorious days at the Redpath Waterfront Festival Toronto, presented by PortsToronto,  the ships started the first race of the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Race Series. We had two very different ships participate – Pride of Baltimore II and Draken Harald Harfagre. With special help from the Ashbridges Bay Yacht Club, we had an awesome start with Pride of Baltimore II across the line within one minute of the cannon, followed three minutes later by Draken (no oars allowed!). Thank you to the wonderful Race Committee at Ashbridges Bay Yacht Club for a safe and well-organized start!

Photo ABYC

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This summer, we have a race in each of the Great Lakes. Winners will be announced at each of the finishing ports. Winners for this first race will be announced during the Tall Ships® Fairport Harbor 2016.

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Captain Jan Miles writes about the disparity between the two ships in his most recent blog post and provides some detail about life on board a tall ship during a race.

Captain’s Log : A millennium of difference that in fact is very little…

Date: Monday July 4th, 2016 American Independence Day

Time: 0900 EDT

Position: Western Lake Ontario 14 nautical miles northeast of Fort Niagara, New York, at the mouth of the Niagara River

 

PRIDE OF BALTIMORE II is part of a Millennium of Difference Race (my personal description). A race of sailing vessels of maybe the greatest difference of time of origin in the same race. The first of the 2016 Tall Ships America Great Lakes Tall Ships Challenge Race Series. Two vessels. The 9th Century era Viking Longboat DRAHKEN and the early 19th Century American Baltimore Clipper PRIDE OF BALTIMORE II. Only a thousand years apart in development. I wonder if this could be a record for spread of time between vessel origin in the Tall Ship Races of the world. It surely is for such races here in North America.

 

Right now the 19th Century Baltimore Clipper is demonstrating what it takes to be able to go to windward rather effectively. The Viking Longboat is actually doing impressively well sailing to windward with her single big square-sail. I would guess on average she is 20 degrees less weatherly and about a full knot and a half slower. Earlier in the race the wind was favorable for heading to the first mark, meaning there was no need to get to windward. DRAHKEN was again slower but not by much. And when the wind went right aft PRIDE had to reach away from the rhumbline course to the mark to keep blanketing wind her fore & aft sails. DRAHKEN merely shifted her single yard to square.

You can read the remainder of this update on the Pride of Baltimore’s blog>>> 

This year’s races are sponsored by Erie Insurance.

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Kick off in Toronto

Posted by Tall Ships America on July 5, 2016

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The stare down

We are just back from a whirlwind four days in the city of Toronto. This past weekend, Redpath Waterfront Festival Toronto, presented by PortsToronto, hosted El Galeon Andalucía, Draken Harald Harfagre and Pride of Baltimore II. In addition, local tall ships Pathfinder, Playfair, St. Lawrence 2, Empire Sandy, Mist of Avalon, Kajama and Challenge, were also docked along the waterfront. We had spectacular weather (with a brief thunderstorm to keep everyone on their toes) and thousands of people toured the ships.

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On July 1, Canada Day, the harbor was lit up with fireworks. It was a spectacular sight to see with the tall ships along the waterfront.

George on deck

The interns, Ben and George, had the opportunity to sail on the Toronto Brigantines for the race between Pathfinder, Playfair and St. Lawrence II. They will be sailing in Niagara for arrival into Tall Ships® Fairport Harbor 2016 on Thursday.

Off to the race

 

Sunday afternoon, the ships departed and graced the city of Toronto with one last look as they paraded through the Toronto Harbor and headed on their  way to our second TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Host Port, Fairport Harbor, Ohio.  Pride of Baltimore II and Draken Harald Harfagre headed to the start line for the first race of the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Race Series, sponsored by Erie Insurance.

Thank you to the wonderful organizers of Redpath Waterfront Festival Toronto! We had an amazing time in your lovely city.

Next stop, Fairport Harbor!

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Let’s do this

Posted by Tall Ships America on June 27, 2016

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I leave on Wednesday for our kickoff event for the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE(r) Great Lakes 2016 Race Series. Wee! Redpath Waterfront Festival Toronto, presented by Ports Toronto, will be the first port to host the tall ships this summer and they always do a fabulous job of welcoming the ships and the crews to their lovely city.  For all of the ports and information about their events, visit our website. While you are there, check out the fleet tracker so you can follow your favorite ship as they sail through the Great Lakes.

While the interns will be blogging about their adventures as part of the Race Team, we’ll also be tweeting (@tallshipsfleet) and posting photos on Instagram (@tallshipsamerica). Follow us for updates about life on the road with the tall ships and general hilarity.

We also have five races, on in each of the Great Lakes, sponsored by Erie Insurance. While Ben and George get to be on the ships, they’ll be posting about their experiences here, I’ll be on the start line taking photos and making sure no one crosses the line early 🙂

We have eight amazing Host Ports this summer and I can’t wait to visit every one of them. Along with an incredible fleet of tall ships, it promises to be a banner summer. I hope to see you there!

Official Host Ports and their event websites are here.

 

 

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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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