The Tall Ships are here!
The tall ships started arriving early in the week for the 2007 Tall Ships Festival, scheduled for June 28 to 30. The highlight will be the Parade of Sail on Sunday, July 1, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Jamestown offers an abundance of excellent locations along the East Passage for spectacular views of the long-anticipated event.
This year, 22 ships will participate in the fourday festival and parade. Ships came from as far away as India, Indonesia, the Cook Islands, Brazil, Columbia and Germany.
Sunday's parade will be led by Rhode Island's own Providence, a 110-foot square topsail sloop, followed by the impressive Cisne Branco from the Brazilian Navy. The 254-foot, steel hulled clipper ship carries 23,627 square feet of sail, has more than a 34-foot beam and a 15-foot, 9-inch draft. Equally impressive is the 267-foot Gorch Foch II, a three-mast barque from Kiel, Germany, as well as the 249-foot Gloria, another three-mast bark that sailed from Colombia. Passage, with the first ship, the Sloop Providence, scheduled to pass Castle Hill light at 12:30 p.m. to officially begin the parade. They will then sail up the bay, past Rose Island and under the Pell Bridge, round Gould Island and head back down the bay, pass Jamestown, and out to sea to their next port of call. The last ship will pass Castle Hill light at 3:30 p.m. marking the end of the parade.
Excellent viewing of the Tall Ships Parade of Sail is available all along the east side of Jamestown on the East Passage of Narragansett Bay. The U.S. Coast Guard, assisted by other government and Coast Guard Auxiliary vessels, will maintain a security perimeter around the parade route, and spectator boats will be required to remain outside this area.
The Tall Ship Festival that starts at 10 a.m. on Thursday in Newport can be accessed from Jamestown via the Jamestown-Newport Ferry provided by Conanicut Marine at East Ferry Docks. For ferry schedules and information, visit www. conanicutmarina.com on the Internet or call 423-9900.
For information about the Tall Ships Festival, visit www.tallshipsrhodeisland. org on the Internet or call 841-0080.