The Tall Ships are returning to Chicago for a five day festival at Navy Pier Aug. 7-11, 2013. The fleet of historic Tall Ships have been sailing the Great Lakes, traveling to ports to show their majesty at the Navy Pier Tall Ships Festival.
The Tall Ships docked on Lake Superior in Duluth, Minn. during the weekend of July 25-29. The ships left Duluth on Monday and are sailing to their next destination, which for most is Chicago. They will continue their journey after they leave Chicago, traveling to the next port in Green Bay, Wisc. after the event at Navy Pier. Tall Ships set sail from Duluth after successful festival
Tall Ships Chicago 2013 presented by Pepsi features 15 majestic, historic Tall Ships, including international vessels from Norway and Canada. The vessels will dock at Navy Pier in Chicago.
The big Tall Ships event only occurs occasionally, so this is a rare opportunity to see the reproductions of historic sailing vessels. The last big Tall Ships festival at Navy Pier was in 2010, so it is not annual event. Tall Ships ASTA named Navy Pier the Prestigeous Port in 2010
Visitors may experience the Tall Ships as a once in a lifetime experience. This is an excellent opportunity for people in the Chicago area to take part in a unique event at Navy Pier that brings the romance, mystery and history of sailing vessels to the Windy City.
Tall Ships Chicago is holding a new event this year, the Chicago Match Cup (CMC). Witness modern match racing alongside maritime history as 12 of the world’s best teams will sail against each other in match race sailing, a form of head-to-head competition similar to the America’s Cup. CMC is the only U.S. stop on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour; the teams will compete for their share of $100,000 prize purse and points earned toward the Tour’s overall World Championship.
The five day maritime themed festival at Navy Pier offers an opportunity to view the ships, board a vessel for a dockside tour, get a taste of life at sea with a sail away cruise, and watch more than 100 match races. This nautical event also includes fun-filled festivities and educational opportunities for the entire family.
The maritime event opens with the 2013 Tall Ships Parade of Sail that is open to the public on Wed., August 7. Adding to the celebratory atmosphere, there will be a fireworks show Wed.- Sat. nights. Guests meet the crews, and enjoy live music all weekend long.
There are differing levels of tickets, with the ticket to get access to the pier and view the ships from the pier priced at an economical $5. Tickets to board the ships and to take a sailing tour are extra. Advance ticket purchase is recommended because the tours, particularly the sailing tours, do sell out. To purchase tickets online, please see the Navy Pier/Tall Ships website. Following is information on the tours:
- Walk the planks: Guests board certain Tall Ships and walk the planks. Dockside boarding admission includes one day’s entrance to the festival Aug.8-11, the Chicago Match Cup. Dockside boarding tickets are $25 for adults and $12 for children. Visitors can save $1 per ticket by buying online. The dockside tours are popular, so allow time to stand in line.
- Sail away on a Tall Ship: For the ultimate experience, book a cruise aboard a Tall Ship to see what life is like on the water! The sailing tours are 75-minute ($69) and 120-minute ($99) excursions available the morning of Aug. 7 and daily Aug. 8-11. Tickets include a cruise aboard a designated Tall Ship, commemorative Tall Ships passport book and access into the festival to dockside board and tour Tall Ships Aug. 8-11.
- Join the Parade of Sail: Set sail on a Tall Ship in the Parade of Sail on Wed., Aug. 7 as the fleet arrives on the Chicago lakefront. The parade is four-hour sail is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness firsthand the pageantry of the Parade of Sail and be part of the show. Tickets are $229 and include a boxed lunch, commemorative Tall Ships passport book, Navy Pier Ferris wheel ticket and a parking pass.
Each Tall Ships event is unique because different ships participate at every port. While the festival in Duluth featured 10 ships, the festival at Navy Pier will have 15 ships at the port.
- Tall Ships available for Dockside Boarding and viewing include: SS Sorlandet (Norway), Pathfinder (Canada), Flagship Niagara (USA), Madeline (USA), Peacemaker (USA) and Unicorn (USA).
- Tall Ships available for the 75-minute Sail Away Cruise and Parade of Sail include: Appledore IV (USA), Friends Good Will (USA), Hindu (USA) and Red Witch (USA).
- Tall Ships available for 120-minute Sail Away Cruise, Parade of Sail and select Dockside Boarding include: S/V Denis Sullivan (USA) and Lynx (USA).
- Tall Ship Halie & Matthew (USA) is available for 120-minute Sail Away Cruise. Tall Ship Windy is available for the sail away cruise.
Schedules and availability are subject to change. Please see the Navy Pier/Tall Ships website for the most up-to-date information.
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