What Is Sail Boston?
Sail Boston is a festival that will be taking place from Friday June 16th to Thursday, June 22nd of
2017. Boston will be the official -and ONLY- United States port for the tall ships. The 30-plus
extraordinary ships participating in the international Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta will
converge with the Tall Ships Challenge vessels sailing north from Charleston, South Carolina
presenting an epoch parade of vessels to Boston’s locals and visitors not seen for 40 years.
What is a Regatta?
A regatta is a name unique to the maritime world and suggests a race or competition. The
Rendez-Vous regatta is a prestigious transatlantic race with more than 30 tall ships
participating. Massive, historic sail vessels depart from the historic borough of Royal Greenwich
located in UK and then continue to cruise along the choppy waters to the picturesque village of
Sines, Portugal. Finally, the sturdy and steadfast ships will compete along the tropical seas of
Bermuda until they finally arrive at the historical city of Boston. Once they have claimed their
stay here, the tall ships will make their way up to Halifax and Quebec in Canada. The last leg of
the regatta is when the tall ships depart from Quebec and race all the way across the Atlantic
Ocean to Le Harve, France.
What are Tall Ships?
During their stay here in Boston, organizers anticipate millions of spectators to converge along
the waterfront to gaze upon these magnificent vessels. Only a lucky few will be able to witness
them at anchorage, in the parade, or from seaward. Spectators can expect to see a vast variety
of tall ships when they anchor in Boston. They range from massive fully-rigged ships, Barques,
and Brigs to medium sized ships such as Three -Masted Schooners, Barquentines and
Brigantines. Smaller vessels such as Two-Masted Schooners, Topsail Schooners and Ketches are
also participants of Sail Boston. Sail Boston will collect the largest fleet of tall ships in the
Boston Harbor since the year 1976. Being the only U.S. port in this regatta, there will be
spectators from across the maritime world in attendance to view this magnificent fleet.
How can I see the vessels up close?
Mass Bay Lines, a proud sponsor and participant in all of the Tall Ships festivals since 1976,
offers extraordinary narrated cruises around the Boston’ historic harbor during Sail Boston
2017®. Our Tall Ship tours will bring friends, family, and colleagues (aka passengers) within
shouting distance to some of the most historic and charismatic vessels in the world. Mark your
calendars and pick up your phones, book your charter today for one of the most exciting
maritime festivals on the planet, happening in Boston June 16-22, 2017.