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Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas

Posted by Tall Ships America on September 2, 2016

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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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A long history

Posted by Tall Ships America on September 1, 2016

Erie's own U.S. Brig Niagara heads out to the final race of the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE(r) Race Series. Erie Insurance is the Official Race Sponsor

Erie’s own U.S. Brig Niagara heads out to the final race of the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE(r) Race Series. Erie Insurance is the Official Race Sponsor

While our history with Erie Insurance, Official Race Sponsor of  TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Great Lakes 2016,  is relatively new, the relationship between insurance companies and tall ships is anything but recent. Marine insurance is the earliest well-developed type of insurance . Erie Insurance wrote a blog post, with photos, about this very subject.

Read on for a quick history lesson, and you can see history come to life next weekend when the ships arrive at Tall Ships® Erie 8-11 September.

Slideshow: Ships and Insurance Go Way Back

 

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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 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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Be prepared

Posted by Tall Ships America on August 24, 2016

Photo by George

Photo by George

By Intern George

I learned to tie my shoes at a young age and can do this quickly with my eyes shut because it is a mechanical ability that I can never forget because I use it everyday.  If you’re not an avid sailor it seems as if there are thousands of knots to learn, along with the importance of knowing how to tie and use all kinds of knots.

When you look at a tall ship, there are lines (rope) everywhere.  Knots are used to control the various lines, control the sails, raising and lowering the anchors, holding down rigging, docking, and many more jobs. I knew that using the wrong knot could cause problems.

I found out the hard way that I was a hindrance to the crew. It’s not that I don’t have the passion to learn to be a good sailor and be an important part of the crew, or had the assistance from experienced crew. It’s that I lacked the knowledge of knots and the years of practice to get my muscle memory to kick in to tie these knots with blind composure.

An important tip that I can give you if you plan to set off on a sailing adventure is to get a few knots under your belt months before you set off. I had bought a book of knots for my trip thinking that I would learn and practice on the job. In my ignorance I became an albatross to the crew and an embarrassment to myself.

So remember, don’t overlook the importance of the most common thing: tying knots is a very significant sailing skill. Learning to tie a few basic sailor knots and practice them until you can do them with your eyes closed. Knots will keep you safe and secure on your adventure.

George is sailing aboard When & If, on his way to Marquette. He then heads home to Chicago. Ben is already back in New York City and leaves for college tomorrow. It’s hard to believe the interns are back on shore already!

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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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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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