Weekend Roundup: The Tall Ships Sail into Boston

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One of the hautest happenings in maritime history occurred this weekend in Boston as the Tall Ships sailed into Boston Harbor with a Grand Parade of Sail on Saturday featuring more than 50 vessels from around the world, including El Galeon from Spain, Esmeralda from Chile and Europa from The Netherlands.

Despite the one-hour fog delay, the millions of spectators who came to town didn’t have their spirits dampened as they gathered from Castle Island, the Seaport District and the Downtown Waterfront to the North End, Charlestown and East Boston to catch a glimpse of this incredible sailing event.

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The 295-foot USCGC Eagle, “America’s Tall Ship,” led the parade followed by some of the most majestic sailboats you will ever see. Opening ceremonies included a Blessing of the Sails, a flag ceremony featuring a presentation of the flags from each country, and the Boston fireboat ceremonially spraying water as a backdrop.

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The boats sailed into Boston Harbor, cruised along the waterfront before turning in Charlestown and heading to their berthing locations. (Boston is the only U.S. port hosting the Tall Ships this year – we hadn’t seen them since 2000 when they last visited). The trans-Atlantic sail originated in Royal Greenwich before sailing to Portugal and Bermuda and then heading to Boston.

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Sail Boston organized the six-day celebration of this towering fleet of vessels with their beautifully tall masts and enormous sails. Events include concerts, educational workshops, military demonstrations and parades running now through Thursday. (Be sure to keep an eye out for the limited release Samuel Adams Tall Ships Ale brewed in honor of the majestic festival that will be available at Sail Boston).

Yesterday, the Patriot Run was held where 200 sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen ran from the North Jetty pier to Christopher Columbus Park and back. The race was followed by the Mass Fallen Heroes Memorial wreath-laying ceremony by the Navy and Marine Corps. in honor of Massachusetts soldiers who have lost their lives serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

 

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If you missed the sail this weekend, you still have a chance to check out these vessels as they are now berthed at various piers for public viewing and boarding until Wednesday. This week’s events include a Sail Boston Festival at the Fish Pier and Charlestown Pier 1, a Sail Boston Crew and Cadet Street Parade, a Sunset Salute, Tug of War at the South Boston Maritime Park followed by their departure Thursday morning where the majority of the Tall Ships will continue on the next leg of the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta to Canada.

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