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Tall Ships Galveston Day 4

Posted by Tall Ships America on April 8, 2018

Sunday, April 8, 2018

by James Rogers

As Tall Ships® Galveston comes to a close, I get a distinct feeling of anticipation from the crew members. Galveston has been more than accommodating, but the ships are eager to set sail. Myself included! I moved into a tiny bunk the Barque Picton Castle’s Fo’c’sle and I cannot wait to get underway.

Despite everyone’s state of exhaustion, or perhaps as the cause of it, The Galveston Historical Foundation threw a social function on Elissa’s Pier 21, which later became an impromptu social gathering aboard the Dutch topsail schooner Oosterschelde. All in all, people seem very satisfied with the hospitality shown by GHF and the ships in general, seen in the photos below.



A line of partygoers forms at the buffet table


Local band “Kickin’ it Dixie” provides a great show for everyone



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Tall Ships in Texas!

Posted by Tall Ships America on April 6, 2018

Friday, April 6th, 2018

It’s beautiful weather here in Galveston, Texas for the first ever TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Gulf Coast Race Series! Crew members and event staff alike are all super excited to be here. We could not have asked for better weather for yesterday’s Parade of Sail. I watched some superb seamanship from the deck of Galveston’s own historic Tall Ship, Elissa. What a show! I especially enjoyed seeing Lynx, a square topsail schooner, set her split course sail from her lower yard. She might as well have been a brigantine! I got some exceptional photos – see below




Elissa volunteer crew members unfurling the fore topsails


From left to right: Oliver Hazard Perry, When and If, Lynx

Towards the end of the parade, the sun finally hid behind the clouds, but not before leaving me with a quality sunburn. As the sky darkened, the waves grew longer, and the ships began to come into port. We were very lucky the weather never got worse than a few raindrops here and there. After a long day of fair winds and great sailing, Elissa finished with masterful docking maneuvers, and we ended the day at a party for the ship’s crew members.

Today has been non-stop activity, since before the festival even kicked off. It has been a constant scramble to get video’s for social media, or lug boxes of Tall Ships America directories to the ships, among other things, but it wouldn’t be a tall ships festival without a bit of running around. All in all, everyone is looking forward to the inevitable success of Tall Ships® Galveston, and what that means for Sail Training – building awareness and helping to build community. That’s all from me for today, but you can follow the event news on your own at http://www.galvestonhistory.org/events/tall-ships-galveston-2.

-James Rogers


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Gallivanting around Galveston

Posted by Tall Ships America on October 19, 2017

It finally happened. I have walked the decks of the tall ship Elissa in Galveston, Texas.

Over the past ten years, Galveston and Elissa had become my white whale. This iconic ship, the starting place of hundreds  of tall ship sailors, with a volunteer program that is the gold standard within the industry and which many other organizations have used as a blueprint for their own, combined with a storied history, had been on my bucket list. And now, with Galveston as the kick off to our TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE(r) 2018 Gulf Coast Race Series, I was able to cross Elissa off my list.

This is not me but it is how I felt on the inside.

Patti and I flew to Galveston recently to head up the 2018 Port Planning meeting. Next April, for the first time ever, three ports will host the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE(r) Race Series.

The series kicks off in Galveston, Texas for April 5-8, then the fleet will race to Pensacola, Florida for April 12-15. The third portof the series in New Orleans, April 19-22, and will celebrate the 300th anniversary of the Big Easy.


She even has her own beer!



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