The Tall Ships Are Coming!

Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta, an exciting transatlantic race of 7,000 nautical miles, began Thursday, April 13. Over the course of five months, the Tall Ship fleet will visit ports in six countries across the globe—and Boston, Massachusetts, is an official port.

For the first time in 17 years, Tall Ships are returning to Boston Harbor for Sail Boston 2017.

Boston has a rich maritime history, past and present. Sail Boston 2017 offers a unique opportunity for students to view and board Tall Ships. From June 17 to 22, students can find 50 Tall Ships from 13 countries, docked in Boston Harbor. Ships range in length from 38 feet to 10 times as much: The largest—Union, a Peruvian naval ship—docks in at 380 feet.

"It is really, truly rare to see all these ships from another age to converge all at once," said Robin Reibel, spokesperson for Boston Sail 2017.

All of Sail Boston 2017's events are free and open to the public. The festival launches with the Parade of Sail on Saturday, June 17. Gather your students and greet the Tall Ships as they sail into Boston Harbor. Throughout the festival, students will have a rare opportunity to board the Tall Ships for tours and viewings.

Aboard, students will find cadets and crewmembers from all around the world. Learn about their personal experiences at sea. And if you're interested in expanding your students' horizons, the experience will offer a glimpse into a unique opportunity with Sail Training International (STI), an organization that works to offer youth sail training. Programs are available for high school students and post-graduate individuals looking for an adventure at sea.

Check Sail Boston 2017's website for public boarding hours, and plan in advance. An event of this magnitude took five years to plan, and Sail Boston 2017 is expecting a lot of visitors. Leave plenty of time to access the ships, as there will be road closures throughout the weekend.

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