Showing posts with label Maritime Festivals. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Maritime Festivals. Show all posts

Tall Ships Victoria Maritime Festival

The Tall Ships Victoria Maritime Festival is coming up June 26-29, 2008. If you're in the British Columbia area it's an event you surely won't want to miss! Included in the fleet of tall clipper ships attending the event is the Lady Washington, the Hawaiian Chieftain, the Pacific Grace and many others.

The Tall Ships Victoria Maritime Festival would be a wonderful place to take your kids so they can develop enthusiasm and respect for the wonderful clipper ships from a bygone era.

Tall Ships Heading for the Harbor

"Sailing into which harbor?" you may be asking, and "When?" The tall ships, "Niagara", the "Schooner Madeline", and the "Pride of Baltimore II" will be heading into the harbor of Duluth, Minnesota on July 31st - August 4th, 2008.

The arrival of the tall ships will be for Minnesota's Maritime Festival and in celebration of Minnesota's 150 year anniversary. If you'll be in that area around those dates, you may wish to read the details about the tall ships heading into the harbor of Duluth, and especially because it's free!

Happy 4th of July

Have a wonderful 4th of July and enjoy your experience of watching fireworks as you are out celebrating the holiday.


Tall Ships Festivals

The Tall Ships of Tacoma in July 2005 provided a great event for people of all ages to enjoy. If you didn't get the opportunity to attend the festival, it will return to Tacoma, WA in the summer of 2008. If you are unable to attend the event in 2008, or if you can't wait that long you have other opportunities to attend the Tall Ships in various locations.



Would you like to plan a sailing vacation? You may want to consider planning an entire sailing vacation around the dates for a Tall Ships event in a location of your choice! If you have youngsters, they would probably love to dress up as pirates. Their imaginations will run wild as they tour the ships! Our day at Tall Ships of Tacoma was an eventful one and will always be remembered. To view additional photos from our adventure at Tall Ships you may wish to read about our adventure as we took the Tour the Tall Ships.



As you look at the photos below you will notice a man in a blue coat as the center of attention. That fellow is my father, George Fosberg and a sailor from WW II. He was the star of the show for me that day! Knowing his love for the sea we were certain he would enjoy the Tall Ships, and I'm ever so grateful for the time he served on the seas to fight for our freedom during the war.



We hope you enjoy this opportunity to explore some of the fun things we did that day, and I fully encourage you to attend a Tall Ships event in the future! Be sure to scroll down to see more photos I took while at the Tall Ships Festival.


Pictures of the Tall Ships just don't capture the true beauty of the ships. Touring the Tall Ships is what you really have to do to truly appreciate how awesome they are!

Whatever the cost to attend a nearby Tall Ships Festival, I highly encourage anyone to make the effort to go. Other than having to work your way through the crowds, you would not be disappointed!

Each tall ship has a personality of it's own, and it's also interesting to meet the ships crew, but to strike up a conversation, unless you're bilingual you may want to take an electronic translation device - lol.

Even if the weather isn't warm and sunny, it's worth every minute to have the opportunity to tour such works of craftsmanship. It's a great adventure for anyone of any age!


Several Crew Members with My Father


Aboard the Pallada
 


 
The Cuauhtemoc



 





 Bon Voyage!

Waiting to Tour the Ships

The weather was over-cast and cool the morning we headed for the Tall Ships of Tacoma Maritime Festival. Cool weather is typical in western Washington state for an early July day, so it was of no surprise, but it was still quite disappointing to have the clouds rather than blue sky. We ordered our tickets online to save time. We anticipated very limited parking near the event, so we planned to take a bus. The event planners had numerous buses scheduled throughout town to ease the anticipated parking challenge.

My husband, father and I were among 20 or so others waiting for the bus that was scheduled to pick up festival visitors. With much anticipation we all patiently waited, but to no avail. The bus never came. We later learned that the pick-up location was a block away, and we all missed the bus! Not wanting to wait an hour for the next scheduled bus, the three of us decided to take our own vehicle and deal with the challenge to find parking.

Although we were able to find a parking space it was nearly a mile away from the entrance to the festival. The three of us agreed that would be our best bet for the nearest available space. At first I had my concerns for my elderly 82 year old father to walk that far of a distance, but he assured us he was up to it as he was always very active. Young at heart and physically fit for his age, he joined us in the walk toward the event without missing a step. My heart was saddened that my mother's health was not well enough to have joined us that day, as I know she too would have been truly amazed at the ships. At the same time I was elated that my father was at least able to attend the event, as he was a sailor in the US Navy during WW II.

The 2005 Tall Ships of Tacoma maritime festival, took place at the west side of the Foss waterway of Puget Sound near the marina. With excitement we approached the entry gates for the event, and we stood in awe as we gazed at the wonderful tall ships before us. No words can really describe the extent of the beautiful details of all the ships. Wonderfully hand-crafted, each tall ship is truly a masterpiece, and suddenly you imagine you're living in a different era.

Although the wait in line to tour the ships was very long, it was well worth it. Each step toward the ships seemed to take forever as we were lost in the crowd of people. We patiently stood as we neared our turn to tour the Russian ship called the "Pallada", and the"Cuauhtemoc" from the Navy of Mexico."



Finally our turn came to board the ships, and suddenly my heart felt like a kid again. As we walked up the ramps to the first docked ship the soft sound of the tied-down sails, and the patter of gentle waves against the ships surrounded us. Suddenly the size and sound of the large crowds no longer mattered as I became engulfed by the beauty of the ships.



Stepping aboard I imagined we would be whisked away by one of these wonderful ships into a sailing vacation. My heart longed to take a ride at sea as my senses were taken by the ships glory. With the sails down I could only imagine the beauty of the ships as their full sails would capture the winds at sea to yield to their commands.

My daydream was replaced with reality as we exited the ships, but it became clear it was well worth the wait to experience the tour as we stepped aboard those magnificent sailing vessels.