Fleet of 20 tall ships to race across Great Lakes this summer
At least 20 tall ships are scheduled to visit each of the Great Lakes this year; a fleet that includes a replica Viking longship and a 170-foot Spanish Galleon making their debut on America’s freshwater seas.
The El Galeon Andalucia, a 495-ton, authentic wooden replica of a galleon that was part of Spain’s West Indies fleet, and the Dragon Harald Fairhar, a replica Viking longship built in Norway, are crossing the Atlantic Ocean this year to join the Tall Ships Challengereturning to the Great Lakes in 2016.
The fleet will sail the lakes over the course of four months, with scheduled port stops and races on lakes Ontario, Erie, Huron, Michigan and Superior between July and September.
The organized tall ships show last visited Michigan in 2013.
“In between each of the ports, they will be racing,” said Erin Short, challenge manager for Rhode Island-based Tall Ships America.
Although there are numerous tall ships that are home-ported around the Great Lakes, the challenge brings them all together into a large, international fleet with a structured schedule, said Short.
The entire roster has not been announced, but the fleet will make port at least 8 times in the Great Lakes this summer.
More at the link, including photos of the ships and the actual schedule of where and when they will all be stopping.
Here is a photo of Lake Ontario that I took on Christmas Eve at Port Hope, Ontario: