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Massachusetts Welcomes Tall Ships Regatta 2017



Posted on: 16 Jun 2017

This summer, Massachusetts welcomes more than fifty tall ships from over twenty countries as the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta makes port in Boston Harbour from 17-22 June 2017.  The Sail Boston 2017 celebration is the largest convergence of ships to assemble in the area since 2000, and Boston is the only U.S. port on the regatta circuit of six nations. 

The event kicks off on Saturday 17 June, with a 'Parade of Sail' that showcases the magnificent vessels as they sail into Boston Harbour. This is followed by four days of events that include sailing exhibitions, free tours onboard ships, sailing workshops and opportunities to interact with the multinational, ships' crews. Among the vessels convening in Boston Harbour in June are Blue Clipper from UK, El Galeon from Spain and Unión from Peru.

The Rendez-Vous Tall Ships Regatta 2017 is a race between historic sailing vessels to ports in Europe, South America and North America.  Boston is the fifth port for the regatta in 2017. The event in Boston celebrates the maritime heritage and international diversity of Massachusetts, where over 140 languages are spoken.

The Tall Ships event is a beloved Massachusetts tradition that dates back to 1976, when a fleet of ships came to Boston Harbour as part of the nation's Bicentennial celebration.

"Massachusetts has a unique maritime history, and the Tall Ships Regatta is one of several interactive experiences we offer to visitors and residents alike." says Francois-Laurent Nivaud, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism. "Massachusetts has numerous museums, harbour islands, and water excursions that reflect our maritime heritage, while also giving visitors a rich educational and cultural experience", Nivaud added.

Visitors travelling to Massachusetts for the Regatta are encouraged to visit some of the State's excellent maritime attractions, such as Battleship Cove, The Cape Ann Museum,Salem Maritime National Historic Site and The Friendship, the Lobster Trail and the Nantucket Whaling Museum.