Tall Ships Great Lakes Challenge Race and Festival

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July 27-31, 2006
The Parade of Tall Ships to the Great Lakes

Green Bay is fortunate to be one of only four ports in the Midwest which hosts the Tall Ship Challenge.  Bay City, Michigan; Cleveland, Ohio, and Chicago, Illinois are the other three Midwestern ports.  The Tall Ships Great Lakes Challenge alternates yearly between races in the Pacific, the Atlantic, and the Great Lakes.

In July of 2006 thirteen schooners tied to our port and a four-day festival ensued attracting about 70,000 from about 17 states. Rumor has it that a large percent of visitors drove up from Chicago as the ships are so crowded in their harbor that touring the schooners or riding on them became improbable, so they came here instead to get up close and personal with the crews and the ships.

It was a blazing 97 degrees that weekend, but even my Father, who was wheelchair bound at the time, wouldn't miss this opportunity.
July 27-31, 2006
  The challenge returns again to Green Bay in July of 2010.  With many years of planning, Green Bay's new port and city development will compliment the 2010 Challenge Race.  A downtown River Boardwalk (called the City Deck) is now under construction as well as dozens of new restaurants, retails, and residential developments all landscaped to encourage foot traffic and city enjoyment. 

Seeing these beautiful ships with masts unfurled leaves quite an impression ~ not to be missed! 

During the 2006 Tour, here are the ships that anchored:

Appledore IV
S/V Denis Sullivan
Friends Good Will
Highlander Sea
Madeline
US Brig Niagra
Picton Castle
Pride of Baltimore II
Unicorn
Windy II
St. Paul
Pathfinder
Playfair
Royaliste
alyssa_ob says:
Neat! I had no idea there was such a thing as a Midwest tallships anything around here.
Posted on: Feb 04, 2009
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