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Tall Ships Boston 2017: Saturday Schedule And More To Know

BOSTON, MA You may have heard people talking about the tall ships coming to Boston this weekend. If you’re wondering what’s going on, well, it’s a pretty big deal. Two million visitors are expected to descend to watch as the aptly named tall ships with all their masts and sails arrive for Sail Boston. For the first time since 2000 you can stand at the water’s edge near the Boston coast and look out upon a scene the likes of which the founding fathers could have seen out on the horizon Boston’s waters full of traditionally rigged sailing vessels. The majestic event runs from Saturday, June 17, through Wednesday, June 22.

“This is the first time in 17 years that a ‘Parade of Sail’ of this magnitude has taken place,” said Robin Reibel, Sail Boston spokeswoman. And she promises watching them race will be a magnificent sight. (Subscribe to Boston Patch[1] or like us on Facebook[2] for more Hub news and updates.)

Yes, she says, there have been tall ships coming through more recently than that: In 2009 there were about 30 to 35 tall ships that came into Boston, but, she says, this is much bigger, this is 55 ships. And a five-day nautically themed festival for thousands of visitors. Why doesn’t this happen more often? “It takes years and years and years to put something like this together,” said Reibel. There is no single official to direct questions to gather the ships from all over the world, she said. Instead, the Sail Boston board has to go to each separate country to ask about participation. Most of the ships sailing will not just be coming in at a leisurely pace, either. The five-day event is part of an across-the-world regatta.


Please note the following tips from State Police if you are bringing children: Take a picture of your children when you arrive so you have digital image of what they are wearing. Identify public safety officials and encourage children to go to them if they get separated. Stay put. Children are usually close to where they were last seen. Tell them to stay put. Write your information on a piece of paper, the inside of their shirt, or anyplace responders will find it. Call 911. The sooner the better.


On June 17 there will be a Navy jet flyover as the U.S. Coast Guard’s Eagle approaches, then the rest of the ships, including Union from Peru, Europa from The Netherlands, Alexander Von Humboldt II from Germany, Spain’s El Galeon, Guayas from Ecuador, United Kingdom s Blue Clipper, Canada’s Bluenose II and Chile s Esmeralda will parade in flotillas past Castle Island as they sail up the harbor channel.

But be forewarned, security in the city is high for this. Check the guide at the very bottom here for what to bring and what not to bring. At a press conference Wednesday, Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans told reporters that despite the fact there was no threat to the event, it has been designated one of the highest security risks in the country, putting it in the same category as the Super Bowl. Why? It’s such a complex event with an international component, he said. Fun fact: The longest ship coming to Sail Boston is the Peruvian Navy training ship Uni n, which is 379 feet long, according to Sail Boston. Another fun fact: A tall ship is a traditionally rigged sailing vessel, according to Sail Training International. Tall ships can be categorized by the number of masts, shape of the ship or size.

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Don’t miss these events:

Friday, June 16, 2017

Opening Ceremony
Boston Harbor Hotel Rotunda
12 p.m.
With Boston Harbor and the Boston fireboat ceremonially spraying water as a backdrop, the Sail Boston Opening Ceremony officially will kick off Sail Boston 2017. The Blessing of the Sails, celebrating the return of International Tall Ships, will follow. Sails bearing the flag of each visiting country will be presented at the ceremony

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Grand Parade of Sail
Boston Harbor
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
The Grand Parade of Sail will highlight the day s activities as vessels parade in flotillas from Broad Sound into the main channel of Boston harbor, along the Boston waterfront, turning at Charlestown, before proceeding to their assigned berthing areas. Public viewing of the parade will be spectacular from Castle Island, the Seaport District, the Downtown Waterfront, the North End, Charlestown and East Boston.

Public Boarding of Ships
Fish Pier, World Trade Center, Fan Pier, Charlestown Pier 1 and Pier 4
10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday to Wednesday
Following the Parade of Sail on Saturday, June 17, the Tall Ships will be berthed at various piers for
the public to view and board. All piers are open from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 17 and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday. The boarding of ships is at the discretion of each ship’s Captain.

Sail Boston Festival
Fish Pier, World Trade Center, Fan Pier, Charlestown Pier 1 and Pier 4 (Saturday, June 17 to Wednesday, June 21) 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., 3 p.m. start on Saturday June 17

Music, food, and entertainment will be available at each of these festival sites that are adjacent to berthing areas.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Sail Boston Official Captains Reception, red carpet ceremony
State House Steps
5:15 p.m.
Public can view red carpet ceremony from outside the perimeter in the street and on Boston Common
Reception is invitation only.
The State House Official Captains reception is an event to welcome the Tall Ship Captains to Boston.
Mayor Walsh and Governor Baker will formally receive captains and officers from each vessel.
The red carpet ceremony on State House steps will include delegations from participating countries, Honor Guard, and fife and drum
.

Public Boarding of Ships
Fish Pier, World Trade Center, Fan Pier, Charlestown Pier 1 and Pier 4

10 a.m. to 10 p.m. until Wednesday

Following the Parade of Sail on Saturday, June 17, the Tall Ships will be berthed at various piers for the public to view and board. All piers are open from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 17 and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday. The boarding of ships is at the discretion of each ship’s Captain.


Monday, June 19, 2017

Downtown Crossing Crew Parade
Seaport Boulevard to Downtown Crossing
12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
The Downtown Crossing Crew and Cadet Parade is an opportunity for the City of Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to celebrate Sail Boston 2017 and to welcome more than a thousand guests from around the world. Marching bands and cadets from the visiting ships will parade along Seaport Boulevard to Downtown Crossing. Following the parade, participants will be treated to a Sail Boston Crew BBQ There will be an award ceremony for the participants of the Bermuda to Boston race leg of the RDV2017 Regatta.

Public Boarding of Ships
Fish Pier, World Trade Center, Fan Pier, Charlestown Pier 1 and Pier 4

10 a.m. to 10 p.m.until Wednesday

The Tall Ships will be berthed at various piers for the public to view and board. All piers are open from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 17 and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday. The boarding of ships is at the discretion of each ship’s Captain.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Crew and Cadet Soccer Tournament
Moakley Park

8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Crews and cadets of the Tall Ships will participate in a friendly competition soccer tournament at Moakley Park.

Public Boarding of Ships

Fish Pier, World Trade Center, Fan Pier, Charlestown Pier 1 and Pier 4
10 a.m. to 10 p.m.until Wednesday
The Tall Ships will be berthed at various piers for the public to view and board. All piers are open from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 17 and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday. The boarding of ships is at the discretion of each ship’s Captain.

Sunset Salute
Charlestown Navy Yard
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Maritime pageant featuring fife and drum, bagpipes, and nautical regalia.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Sunset Salute
Fan Pier

7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Maritime pageant featuring fife and drum, bagpipes, and nautical regalia.

Public Boarding of Ships
Fish Pier, World Trade Center, Fan Pier, Charlestown Pier 1 and Pier 4
10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The Tall Ships will be berthed at various piers for the public to view and board. All piers are open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The boarding of ships is at the discretion of each ship’s Captain.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Tall Ships Depart
Various Venues
8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The Tall Ships depart Boston Harbor. The majority of the Tall Ships will continue on the next leg of the Rendez-Vous Tall Ships Regatta to Canada.

Tall Ships Boston 2017: Saturday Schedule And More To Knowvia Sail Boston


Photos at the top courtesy of Sail Boston 2017

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Originally published June 14, 2017.

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