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The Tall Ships are coming to Boston! The following article tells all about these fascinating ships and the Tall Ships’ Races. TALL Ships “I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky, And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by…” from “Sea Fever” by John Masefield 2 The Tall Ships previously came to Boston in 1991 and again in 2000, creating a significant surge in visitor and spectator spending on those occasions. For this year’s stay of six days—from the 8th until the 13th of July—it is expected that the five 1 Mark your calendar—July million visitors who viewed the Tall 8, 2009. When you wake up that Ships in 2000 will be surpassed, and morning, tie your sneakers with the economic impact will be over a sailor’s knot and head on down $120 million. This is big business, to The Pavillion at Boston Harbor indeed. because the Tall Ships are coming. 3 Tall Ships are sailboats—that’s This may be your only chance to true enough. But many of them are check out so many ships at one sailboats of a special kind, often time, and in your own backyard. from an era when sailing great Like the arrival of Halley’s Comet, ocean-going vessels like these was the appearance of these majestic a way of life, and essential to trade sailing vessels is not a frequent and commerce throughout the event. Like comets, there just are world. The name “Tall Ships” does not that many of them—and they not describe a specific type of sailing have a lot of territory to cover. ™ © Advanced Assessment Systems/LinkIt! Duplication is restricted to licensees only. Open Bridge Waist Boat Deck Foredeck Mess vessel, but rather a single-hull exciting. It also provides a way to sailing vessel of at least 9.14 meters attract interest in the ships and their that conducts educational and mission while creating excitement sailing training. Participating ships and revenue for local businesses in range from single-masted yachts the ports of call. to the large square-rigged training 5 The main race for 2009 ships run by charities, schools, and organized by STI is called “The navies of many countries in Europe, Tall Ships Atlantic Challenge 2009” Latin America, and North America. with Boston as its fifth port of call. 4 Sail Training International, Circling the North Atlantic Ocean, or STI, is the organizing body that the Challenge is designed to follow oversees Tall Ships events around the routes of the great sailing ships the world. STI organizes regattas, that crossed the Atlantic during the races, awards, and the other events 19th century when square-rigged that the Tall Ships participate in. vessels flourished and served as Even though the main purpose of the beasts of burden for commerce, the Tall Ships is to provide sailing trade, and travel across the seas. The experience and training to young Atlantic Challenge starts on April th sailors, it enhances the effort if the 30 along the Eastern coast of the ships have demonstration events Atlantic Ocean, in Vigo, Spain. It and realistic races in which to proceeds to Tenerife on the coast of compete. This sharpens the sailors’ Africa and then crosses the lower skills and makes their training more North Atlantic, coming into port at ™ © Advanced Assessment Systems/LinkIt! Duplication is restricted to licensees only. Bermuda where the ships and crews 7 The first Tall Ships’ race was will be the centerpiece of the island’s held in 1956. It was a race of 20 of celebration of its 400th anniversary. the world’s remaining large sailing From there it is on to the costal ships and ran from Torquay, Devon, ports of Charleston, Boston, and to Lisbon, Spain. It was meant th finally Halifax on July 16. Departing to be a last farewell to the era of rd Halifax on July 23, the ships cross the great sailing ships, but public the North Atlantic to Belfast, Ireland interest was so intense that race th on August 13 for the grand finale organizers founded the Sail Training celebration. In all, the Atlantic International association to organize Challenge encompasses three and future events. Since then, Tall Ships’ one-half months of sailing that covers Races have occurred annually in over 7,000 nautical miles.various parts of the world, with millions of spectators. Today, these 6 Past Tall Ships events have races attract some of the largest included the Pacific Coast Tall th sailing ships in existence. The 50 Ship Challenge of 2008 and the Anniversary Tall Ships’ Races took 2007 Atlantic Coast Tall Ship place during July and August, 2006, Challenge. For 2010, a Great Lakes and was started by its patron, Prince Challenge is scheduled. Besides Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, who also the big Challenges, Sail Training started the first race in 1956. International sponsors, schedules, and administers any number of 8 For the young sailors training shorter races throughout the seasons. aboard them, the Tall Ships’ These have included such events attraction is that they afford an as the 2008 Funchal 500 Tall exciting and challenging platform Ships Regatta—which sailed from for a unique sailing education, along Portsmouth, England to Aveiro, with the unforgettable experiences Spain and then to the port of of both racing on the open sea Funchal on the Atlantic Island of and visiting new ports. For all the Madeira—and similar multi-leg races visitors and spectators of every age in the North Sea, the Mediterranean, who come down to the harbors the Baltic Sea, and the Black Sea. A when the Tall Ships are in, the given race may have 70 to 120 ships, experience of being able to view with approximately 6,000 young these marvelous windows into the sailors from more than 30 countries.history of a bygone era may be just as thrilling and unforgettable. ™ © Advanced Assessment Systems/LinkIt! Duplication is restricted to licensees only.

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