Please select your home edition
Edition
Zhik Yachting Range

Wind, water and history converge as Tall Ships return to Chicago

by Nick Shields/Sail-World Cruising on 27 Mar 2013
Tall Ships Challenge® Race Series 2010 on Navy Pier in Chicago © Tall Ships America http://www.tallshipsamerica.org/
If ever you wanted to be - or plan to be - in Chicago, this August is the time to do it. It's when tall ships from around the world will meet in Tall Ships® Chicago 2013.

Sponsored by Pepsi, the majestic maritime event that only occurs once every few years, is set for August 7 – 11, 2013. You'll not only be able to see these beauties up close, you'll be able to watch them strutting their stuff on the wide waters of Lake Michigan!


First, experience the thrill of seeing historic tall ships as the Tall Ships Chicago festival sails exclusively into Navy Pier Aug. 7 – 11. An opening day Tall Ship’s Parade of Sail will kick-off the festivities on Lake Michigan with Chicago’s magnificent skyline as a backdrop. This stunning spectacle will be unlike anything else in Chicago this summer. The 2013 Parade of Sail will showcase numerous tall ship vessels from around the world, including Norway and Canada.

The long-awaited return of Tall Ships to Chicago is an opportunity to sail away on a remarkable ship from across the globe. Guests will also have the opportunity to walk the festival grounds, view the Tall Ships, and board and tour participating vessels. This nautical event also includes fun-filled festivities and educational opportunities, so plan to stay the entire day or return over and over again with friends and family.

To add to the spectacle, joining Tall Ships Chicago for the first time is some racing, to add a measure of tension to the visit. It will be the Chicago Match Cup, a professional sailing competition and the only U.S. stop on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour. Twelve of the world’s best teams will sail against each other in match race sailing just feet from the edge of Navy Pier. They will compete for their share of the $100,000 prize purse and points earned toward the Tour’s overall World Championship, worth $1.75 million in prize money – the richest in the sailing world.

Navy Pier’s east end will be transformed to showcase the Tall Ships festival, promising front-row seats, hospitality areas and live commentary to best enjoy the thrills on the water. The festival area will include special family-friendly activities, on-board tours and sail-aways and a fireworks display each evening.

For additional information, visit www.navypier.com.
Barz Optics - Melanin LensesHarken AUS HL Snatch Block 660x82Sail Port Stephens 2017 660x82

Related Articles

Day 73 – Thomson running out of time in sprint to Vendée Globe finish
Armel Le Cléac'h has an advantage of just 69 miles on second-placed Alex Thomson as the race enters its final 500 miles. Frustratingly for the battling duo, despite already reaching the latitude of the finish line in Les Sables d'Olonne, France, they are being forced to sail much further north due to an anticyclone currently blocking their path home.
Posted today at 4:54 pm
Vendée Globe – British sailor Alex Thomson in second place
British sailor Alex Thomson is in second place with just 72 nautical miles behind French rival Armel Le Cléac’h With just 587 nautical miles left and just three days until the leading duo are expected back in Les Sable d'Olonne, British sailor Alex Thomson is in second place with just 72 nautical miles behind French rival Armel Le Cléac’h.
Posted today at 4:03 pm
Entries Open for 2017 Quicksilver Port Douglas Race Week
Strong contingents from Townsville and Cairns are once again expected this year. Strong contingents from Townsville and Cairns are once again expected this year with reports the visiting fleet will be even stronger.
Posted today at 12:58 pm
Day 72 – Photo-finish predicted in Vendée Globe thriller
The race is going down to the wire with the leading pair of Armel Le Cléac'h and Alex Thomson split by just 78 miles Thomson has been playing catch-up since Le Cléac'h took the lead on December 2 but as the race enters its final few days he has transformed from the chaser into the hunter, ruthlessly stalking his French rival in the hope of being able to deliver the killer blow before the race is up.
Posted today at 10:41 am
Vendee Globe - Thomson marks time with 60hrs sailing time left in race
British solo sailor Alex Thomson has improved only 10nm in 24 hours, and remains 75nm behind the race leader With around 60hrs sailing left in the 2016/17 Vendee Globe Race, British solo sailor Alex Thomson has improved only 10nm in 24 hours, and remains 75nm behind the race leader Armel Le Cleac'h in Banque Populaire V. According to the latest positions (as of 0500FR or 0400UTC) the two competitors were almost on the latitude of the finish at Les Sables d'Olonne
Posted today at 5:10 am
Celebrity ProAm race puts fresh wind in Festival of Sails
Royal Geelong Yacht Club has launched a new event to be added to the already packed program of Festival of Sails 2017 The Royal Geelong Yacht Club has just launched a new event to be added to the already packed program of the Festival of Sails 2017 – a Celebrity ProAm race to be held on Wednesday, January 25.
Posted today at 4:02 am
North Technology acquires North Sails Australia
Renowned Sydney loft joins North Sails worldwide network of owned lofts On January 3rd 2017, the North Sails Australia licensed operation was purchased by North Technology Group. North Sails Australia is the country's leading sailmaker with a diverse market ranging from dinghy, One Design, 18' Skiffs, cruising, racing, Grand Prix and Maxis, dating back to when Australia defended the America's Cup in Fremantle in 1987.
Posted on 16 Jan
North Technology acquires North Sails Australia
Renowned Sydney loft joins North Sails worldwide network of owned lofts On January 3rd 2017, the North Sails Australia licensed operation was purchased by North Technology Group. North Sails Australia is the country's leading sailmaker with a diverse market ranging from dinghy, One Design, 18' Skiffs, cruising, racing, Grand Prix and Maxis, dating back to when Australia defended the America's Cup in Fremantle in 1987.
Posted on 16 Jan
Henri Lloyd Aqua Down Jacket
A new collection of premium active wear which represents the ultimate in lifestyle sports apparel. Henri Lloyd has used its 50 plus years of technical apparel design and development to launch a new collection of premium active wear which represents the ultimate in lifestyle sports apparel.
Posted on 16 Jan
A Q&A with Dick Neville, Quantum Key West Race Week’s RC chairman
I caught up with Dick Neville, Race Committee chair for the Quantum Key West Race Week, to learn more about the event. For the past 30 years, international sailors have gathered in Key West, Florida, each January for Key West Race Week, a regatta that has achieved legendary status due to its calendar dates, its location, and the impressive level of competition and racecourse management that this storied event offers. I caught up with Dick Neville, Race Committee chair for this year’s Quantum KWRW, to learn more.
Posted on 16 Jan