While we missed seeing these majestic ships in full sail, we took a narrated harbor tour after their arrival. Unfortunately, the weather was not the best that
day as we heard descriptions of and saw sloops, schooners, square-riggers ketches, barques and 2 full-rigged ships. A full-rigged ship describes a sail plan of three or more masts, usually seen on a classic large sailing ship, like a galleon, clipper or large warship. The El Galeon from Spain is a full-rigged ship that participated in Boston Sail 2017.
This event represented the largest gathering of tall ships in Boston Harbor since 2000 and before that an earlier one in 1976 on the nation's 200th anniversary.
The trans-Atlantic regatta started in the port of Royal Greenwich in Great Britain on April 13. The fleet then raced to Sines, Portugal and Bermuda before reaching Boston.
Upon leaving Boston, the ships travelled north to Québec City, Canada for the next leg of the regatta, in time for the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation. (There's still time to see them. The ships will remain at various host ports in Québec Ontario, and the Maritimes from June 30 to August 20.)
After Canada, the 7,000-mile race concludes with a sail to France in the Port of Le Havre, which will welcome the grand winner between August 31 and September 3. (So, there's still time to book that trip to see them. Maybe I should throw hints to Grenville?)
While they were not part of the regatta, there was a large contingent of U.S. naval ships in Boston Harbor. The U.S. Coast Guard also patrolled the harbor keeping boaters a safe distance from all the docked tall ships.
Even though we didn't see these ships in full sail, it was still a fun visit. Here's a couple of ship mastheads that were a bit "fowl." The flag-bearing chicken was on the Esmeralda, a four-masted tall ship used by the Chilean Navy for training; I don't recall which ships the other two mastheads were on.