Please select your home edition
Edition
Newport Boat Show 728x90

Tall Ships Challenge - Fleet of seven arrive in Cape Fear

by Kirsten Ferguson on 18 May 2012
The 191-foot Barquentine Dewaruci (Surbaya, Indonesia) and Nova Scotia’s Theodore Tug docked in Savannah, Ga., with the Talmadge Bridge in the background for Tall Ships America’s 2012 Tall Ships Challenge Jennifer Spring http://www.tallshipsamerica.org/
After departing a large public maritime festival in Savannah, Ga., on Monday, May 7, seven tall ships have reached Cape Fear, N.C., completing the first leg of 2012 Tall Ships Challenge®. Three of those ships will continue on to join four others in Greenport, N.Y., which is approximately 500 nautical miles away and due to host its own maritime festival beginning on Saturday, May 26 and continuing through Memorial Day, Monday, May 28.

The festivals, coordinated by Tall Ships America with the help of local organizers, are part of a series of four to grace the Eastern Seaboard (Newport, R.I. and Halifax, Nova Scotia are next up for July), and all participating tall ships have the option of competing in corresponding port-to-port races as they sail to each venue.

'The festival in Savannah brought to our ship the vibrancy that comes with thousands of curious onlookers,' wrote Eliza Braunstein (West Hartford, Conn.), a deckhand aboard the 180-foot HMS Bounty, in her sailing log. (HMS Bounty did not compete in the race but is on its way to Greenport from Charleston, S.C.) 'We met up with old friends we hadn’t seen since last summer and introduced them to new shipmates, but as every sailor knows, when the weekend ends and the tide flows out towards the ocean it is time to set sail.'


Braunstein described her ship’s crew as diverse, ranging from ages 18 to 65 and including a former cowboy, a scuba instructor and a history major as well as 'many with years of sailing experience and a handful of novices that we’ve collected during various port stops.

'During the journey north we explored the concepts of hard work, teamwork and humor,' continued Braunstein. 'As we sail north and explore a different port every weekend, I find that the crew of the HMS Bounty has already become a family. Nowhere was this new bond more evident than when we furled the topsails in a squall as sheets of rain poured down, streaks of lightening flashed around us and thunder rumbled in the not-so-far distance. '


With light winds and choppy seas for most of the way up the coast, racing to Cape Fear was tough on the competing tall ships, which each have handicap ratings based on different rigs and varied sizes. Three ships retired early while the remaining four were unable to complete the course within the allotted time limit of 48 hours. Nevertheless, first place was awarded to the 159-foot Topsail Schooner Pride of Baltimore II, which had come within 16 nautical miles of the finish line when time ran out.

Frank Bell (Wilmington, Del.), a deckhand onboard Pride of Baltimore II, is one of five other crew members that are under the age of 24 and new to the tall ship and racing.

'Before the start in Savannah the foc’sle was filled with a buzz, and the deckhands all shared the same nervous energy-- filled to the brim with anticipation of the coming race,' said Bell.

'Racing aboard this tall ship was old hat for some, and for others this was the first taste, but we are all ready for the next leg. Savannah was fantastic, and the race to Cape Fear has been an incredible experience and a chance to put into place all the lessons we’ve been learning. Greenport is just beyond the horizon and the next leg of the Tall Ship Challenge will be waiting. Pride of Baltimore II will be ready.'

On the 179-foot Barque Picton Castle 26 crewmembers, representing nine countries, displayed varying skill sets. 'Tacking can be tricky on a square rigger, because the wind comes around the front of the ship and backs the sails, which can stop you dead in the water, so you have to have the timing just right,' said trainee Kate Addison (Bristol, U.K.) who added that many of the new crew onboard quickly got the hang of this difficult maneuver.

'The best part of this leg was sailing in the company of the HMS Bounty and the USCG Barque Eagle. On our long deep-water passages, like from Galapagos to Pitcairn in the South Pacific, we can go for days without seeing any other ships, certainly not big, beautiful sailing ships. It makes for a very pretty view to see square sails on the horizon, and it’s great to have the company.'

Tall Ships America’s Tall Ships Challenge® is an annual series that rotates on a three-year cycle between the Atlantic Coast, Great Lakes, and Pacific Coast.

Over the past decade, the Tall Ships Challenge has coordinated more than 60 events in 32 cities, stimulating strong tourism and economic development through associated family-friendly festivals.

In 2013, all eyes will be on the Tall Ships Challenge® Great Lakes, when the ships will visit over 20 cities in the U.S. and Canada to continue the commemoration of the events of the War of 1812, including a re-creation of the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Lake Erie.

For a list of participating tall ships, click here
Tall Ships America website

upffront 660x82Newport Boat Show 2016 660x82Barz Optics - Kids range

Related Articles

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Crew catch up - Meet Dhruv Boruah
After crew members have completed their global ocean adventure, some go back to their previous lives and occupations After crew members have completed their global ocean adventure, some go back to their previous lives and occupations, some decide on a future in the marine industry, some take time out to assess their next move in life and others seek their next challenge.
Posted today at 5:49 am
Changing of the Guard at Melges 20 Worlds, Freides takes over
The second day of racing at the 2016 Melges 20 World Championship featured two races under shifty conditions 2016 Melges 20 World Championship - The second day of racing at the 2016 Melges 20 World Championship hosted by Marina di Scarlino/Club Nautico Scarlino featured two races under shifty conditions, shaking up the standings and making Drew Freides' Pacific Yankee the new leader with a one point advantage over Michael Illbruck on Pinta now seated in second place.
Posted today at 4:40 am
Vendée Globe – Yann Eliès and his team relaunch 60-ft IMOCA in Lorient
Yann is now on the final stretch before the event and will be taking part in the three training courses. Yann is now on the final stretch before the event and will be taking part in the three training courses organised at the Finistère Ocean Racing Centre in Port-la-Forêt (Brittany). He will also take part in the Azimut Trophy. Yann Eliès tells us about the work that has been done and what lies ahead in the final part of his preparation.
Posted on 26 Aug
Vendée Globe – A long trip between France and Iceland for Heerema
After completing two solo transatlantic crossings in the spring, Pieter Heerema is currently on his third major trip. After completing two solo transatlantic crossings in the spring, Pieter Heerema is currently on his third major trip. Thanks to this voyage from France to Iceland and back, the Dutch skipper is finding out more about No Way Back, the new generation IMOCA on which he will line up on 6th November
Posted on 26 Aug
Phoenix returns and Cayard is back for the TP52 World Championships
Richard Cohen will compete at the championships in Mahón, Menorca, with Phoenix, which will be skippered by Paul Cayard. The carefully assembled team includes a core group of sailors who have many years of experience in the class, but Cayard cautions that their initial objective is to learn and improve together in line with their long term goal, to be competitive on the 2017 52 Super Series.
Posted on 26 Aug
Michael Marshall triumphs at J/22 World Championship
With a second place finish in Thursday’s only race, Mike Marshall, Todd Hiller and Luke Lawrence are the champions. Heading into the 10th and final race, Marshall and Chris Doyle were tied on points at 30. As the 41 teams arrived at CORK in the morning, the after effects of an overnight storm left breeze in the mid-20s, so the Race Committee postponed on shore.
Posted on 25 Aug
Best pictures of the first 4 Acts of the Extreme Sailing Series™
An influx of fresh talent have all added to the hype, but the greatest evolution is the replacement of the Extreme 40. An influx of fresh talent, new venues and a revised race format have all added to the hype, but the greatest evolution is the replacement of the Extreme 40 by a smaller, faster catamaran: the flying GC32.
Posted on 25 Aug
Return to Russia for the Extreme Sailing Series™
Joining the fleet as the season heads into its second half is Gazprom Team Russia, led by WMRT champion, Phil Robertson. With one week to go, the fleet returns to St Petersburg for the fifth Act of the season, presented by SAP, 35 of the world’s best sailors are getting their heads in the game and preparing for the one of the trickiest venues of the season so far.
Posted on 25 Aug
Marshall and Doyle tied on points at J/22 World Championship
By way of a victory in Wednesday’s third race, Mike Marshall, Todd Hiller and Luke Lawrence are tied at 30 points By way of a victory in Wednesday’s third race, Mike Marshall, Todd Hiller and Luke Lawrence are tied at 30 points with Chris Doyle, Will Harris and Adam Burns. Jeff Todd is still in the hunt in third place with 35 points.
Posted on 24 Aug
Debriefing the 2016 Rio Olympics—Sailing news North America and beyond
Editorial Editorial
Posted on 23 Aug