Smooth Sailing

“All I ask is a tall ship and a star to sail her by.”

                       ~ John Masefield


What a week to spend by the harbor. From June 17-22, locals and tourists were treated to a spectacle at sea known as Sail Boston. Making its grand return since 2007, more than 50 tall ships from around the world including the U.S., Chile, Germany, and the Netherlands gathered together for the maritime festival (WCVB).

Against breathtaking views, visitors had the opportunity to board the grand vessels and interact with the crew.

Docked by the World Trade Center, I was particularly struck by La Unión from Peru, measuring at a length of 99 meters and a beam of 13.5 meters. La Unión is the second largest active sailing vessel in the world and holds up to 250 crew members (SailBoston).

There was just as much action on land as there was on water. Crowds cheered on the Crew and Cadet Street Parade from Seaport Boulevard to Downtown Crossing (SailBoston).

This festival was a beautiful celebration of life at sea. Thanks to Sail Boston for allowing the city to be a part of the journey. 

Did you know that Boston is the only U.S. city port to be selected for the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta? What other global events would you like to see here? 

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    • Thanks for your comment Moumita. I had an amazing time Moumita. The harbor area is a fantastic scenic spot, but this festival brought something extra for visitors and locals.

  1. Tania — wonderful photographs. I’ve visited Old Ironsides in the Boston harbor and was amazed at how short are ancestors were, as the bunks are so small. We had a tall ships event in NYC in 1986 to celebrate the centennial of the Statue of Liberty.

    • Thanks for your comment Jeannette. Old Ironsides is popular Boston attraction. Seeing the Tall Ships in New York must’ve been amazing!

  2. Great story and photos. I was in the Coast Guard, and used to visit out tall-ship, the Eagle. The old line is these ships were from a time that “Wooden ships and Iron men”
    Thanks for sharing.

    • Thanks for your comment William. Fascinating to learn that you were in the Coast Guard! Being on the tall ship must feel like home.

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