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The Tall Ships Are Coming!®
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San Pedro, Calif. (August 25, 2014) – Onlookers lined the waterfront in San Pedro, Calif., to welcome a majestic fleet of tall ships to their city on Wednesday afternoon as the ships paraded past the downtown harbor with sails full of wind. Coordinated by Tall Ships America with the help of local port organizers and the support of the Port of LA, Tall Ships® Festival Los Angeles, was a four-day event (August 20-24) where thousands of visitors toured the decks of the magnificent ships, met crewmembers and trainees, enjoyed maritime music and educational exhibits, and sailed in tall ship cruises on the Pacific Ocean. The TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® fleet is sailing this summer to three ports in southern California to celebrate the rich maritime history of the California coast.  Next on the schedule is the Festival of Sail in San Diego, organized by the San Diego Maritime Museum, August 29-September 1, followed by the Toshiba Tall Ships® Festival in Dana Point, September 6-7.

The Parade of Sail kicked off the festival in San Pedro and the past four days have seen the newly constructed Downtown Harbor thronged with visitors, eager for the chance to board the 12 tall ships berthed at the cruise terminal and in the harbor. Not only could ticket holders tour the ships, they also had the opportunity to go out sailing and experience sail training first hand. The fleet represented included Amazing Grace, American Pride, Bill of Rights, Curlew, Freda B, JADA, Patricia Belle, Spirit of Dana Point, Tiama, Tole Mour, and two hometown vessels, Exy Johnson and Irving Johnson, operated by Los Angeles Maritime Institute.

Parade of Sail

Tall Ships America Executive Director Bert Rogers said, “Our organization’s main objective is to enrich youth education through character building and leadership programs aboard tall ships. We want to get as many students as possible out sailing these ships the same way that was done during the Age of Sail.”

Many new trainees will have the opportunity to sail the ships when they race to San Diego on Monday, August 25. Four vessels, Bill of Rights, Exy Johnson, Irving Johnson, and Tole Mour, will start the race on Monday afternoon and then proceed to a point of the southwestern tip of San Clemente Island, part of the Channel Islands, and will cross the finish line outside of San Diego Harbor in time for the Parade of Sail into San Diego on Thursday, August 28. While underway, trainees and professional crew will work together to harness the wind to their best advantage and engage in friendly competition out at sea.

Tall Ships America’s TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® is an annual series that rotates on a three-year cycle between the Atlantic Coast, Great Lakes and the Pacific Coast.  Since 2001, TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® events have attracted close to 22 million visitors and produced nearly $1.8 billion in economic impact.

Founded in 1973, Tall Ships America is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching youth education through character building and leadership programs aboard tall ships. It is the hub for tall ship activity, expertise, and information in North America, and is commended by Congress as the Sail Training organization representing the United States in the international forum. In addition to organizing the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Series, Tall Ships America supports the people, ships and programs of sail training through grants, scholarships, conferences, education, publications, and public events and advocacy.

The mission of Tall Ships America is to encourage character building through sail training, promote sail training to the North American public, and support education under sail.

 
 
 
The TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® series is organized by Tall Ships America in partnership with US and Canadian ports on the Pacific and Atlantic Coasts of North America and in the Great Lakes. This annual series of Tall Ships® races and maritime port festivals celebrates our rich maritime heritage and traditions and informs the general public about the transformative power of Adventure and Education Under Sail!®
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Tall Ships America is the hub for tall ships activity, expertise, and information in North America, and is commended by the United States Congress as the national sail training organization representing the United States. Founded in 1973, Tall Ships America is a 501 c 3 non-profit membership organization dedicated to enriching youth education through character building and leadership programs aboard tall ships.
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and support education under sail
 
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