El Galéon, a replica of a 16th century Spanish galleon, is expected to dock in Greenport Harbor on Monday, according to village officials.
The tall ship is currently docked in Oyster Bay, according to its Facebook page, and its home port is Saint Augustine, Fla. READ
An exciting piece of sailing history is docking in Greenport this week.
A replica of the schooner ship America, which won the first-ever America’s Cup race in 1851, will spend Thursday and Friday, June 9 and 10, in the village as part of its cross-country tour.
Greenport Village Mayor George Hubbard Jr. accepted an award from Tall Ships America declaring Greenport as the ‘Port of the Year’ for 2015 at the Village Board’s meeting Thursday night, saying the award was won by all Greenporters who worked together to make the event a success last summer. READ
I congratulate all the members of the 2015 Tall Ships committee and the volunteers for their determination and hard work toward a successful event.
Greenport learned a lot in the three years between 2012 and 2015 about hosting Tall Ships of America events.
When tens of thousands of visitors came from across Long Island and beyond to experience six Tall Ships docked in Greenport’s harbor this past July 4 weekend, the village was transformed into far from just any ordinary place.
The 2015 Tall Ships festival was a success, according to a Greenport Village expense report released Friday that shows the event netted almost $59,000 in profit over four days.
A view from above the 2015 Greenport Tall Ships Challenge Monday morning. (Credit: Andrew LePre/LePre Media)
David Berson has made his living on the water. As the captain of the Glory, a solar-powered educational tour boat based in Greenport, he spends a lot of his days around the village’s docks.
So on the first day of the 2015 Greenport Tall Ships Challenge, when Mr. Berson — the master of ceremonies of the festival’s opening ceremony — reflected on what the village and its maritime history mean to him, his statements came from the heart.
“It’s a very special place, the way it is, because of that connection to the sea,” he said of the village. “Greenport is in a constant state of flux, trying to hold on to its maritime history, while at the same time morphing into what is necessary in order to survive in the 21st century. I side on not necessarily tradition, but on the acknowledgement of where we come from, lest we forget and just become another place.”
This past weekend, when tens of thousands of visitors came from across Long Island and beyond to experience the six ships docked in its harbor, Greenport was far from “just another place.” It was a place to celebrate the village’s connection to the sea with the flair of a 21st-century festival replete with food and drinks in the streets and — as has been the custom for several years by the water — dancing in the park.
The event was viewed as a showcase for Greenport businesses, but the village itself was the biggest star of all. (more…)
The Tall Ships crowd along Front Street Sunday afternoon. (Credit: Vera Chinese)
A colleague asked me a question this week that I’ve heard quite often in recent months: Who exactly benefits from Tall Ships?
I can understand why someone who did not attend the festival might ask that question. But for anyone who stepped foot on one of the ships, or danced to one of the songs performed on the event’s two live music stages, or took a bite out of the delicious food served in the streets of Greenport during the four-day festival, it’s something you wouldn’t need to ask. (more…)
See the Tall Ships from a unique vantage point. (Credit: LePre Media/Andrew LePre)
One by one we lined up this week to see the Tall Ships in Greenport. Many of us even had the privilege to see them from the water.
But to see them from the sky is an opportunity afforded to very few. Until now. (more…)