Parade Of Sails – Toronto Waterfront Festival Canada Day Long Weekend 2010

Toronto Brigantine’s Playfair and Pathfinder were both participants in the Redpath Toronto Waterfront Festival this Canada Day long weekend (July 2010).  The Toronto Waterfront Festival was the first port stop of the The Festival concluded with the traditional Parade of Sail which was recorded in this video.

 Jim Orgill, Toronto Brigantine’s friend and neighbourhood, took these excellent pictures of the boats on the Parade of Sail.  The Harbour was so crowded that day, the island ferries seemed to be adjusting course through the congestion.

Jim Orgill, Toronto Brigantine’s friend and neighbourhood, took these excellent pictures of the boats on the Parade of Sail.  The Harbour was so crowded that day, the island ferries seemed to be adjusting course through the congestion.

 

Here are the Toronto Brigantine’s Playfair and Pathfinder – the “little” Tall Ships compared to many of the others at the event –  looked mighty fine.

  Toronto Brigantine offered afternoon and evening sails throughout the Toronto Waterfront Festival. James Swartz participated in one of the sails. Here is a picture that he took of the Pathfinder between two of the “big guys”. We looked pretty.

  

We had prime location during the Toronto Waterfront Festival, berthed on either side of the Europa at H2O Park. My cousin Maryse, took this picture of the Pathfinder berthed next to the Europa.  The Europa is just a big bigger than the Pathfinder.

The Europa  seemed like the tallest ship at the Festival (although she technically wasn’t the longest). She was built in Hamburg in 1911. The Europa was the location for the Launch event for the Festival.  Several TBI crew and friends were fortunate to share the excitement of Netherland’s soccer win on Saturday evening!

 

Vessel Type Home Date built Sparred Length A link to their homepage
Europa Bark Amsterdam, The Netherlands 1911 185 feet link

 

Other neighbors in HTO Park included Appledore V, Denis Sullivan, Roald Amundsen and Roseway. Here one of the many pictures taken by Erin Short and posted on Flickr. Check them out.

We were lucky to have the Appledore V at the Toronto Waterfront Festival.

Many of the tall ships from Toronto will be meeting at her home port, along with the Appledore IV  in Bay City – the third port in the Great Lakes United Tall Ships Challenge 2010.   Perhaps we will see you in Bay City.  https://tallshipsintoronto.wordpress.com/2010/04/06/its-off-to-bay-city-for-the-great-lakes-united-tall-ship-festival-2/

Trainees joining the Toronto Brigantine Summer Sail Course #2 will sail in Leg 1 of the Tall Ship Challenge 2010 from Toronto into Bay City. Course #3 of the Summer Sail Program will depart from Bay City sailing back up to Parry Sound through the North Channel and Georgian Bay.  

 

Vessel Type Home Date built Sparred Length A link to their homepage
Appledore V Gaff Topsail Schooner Bay City, MI 1992 65 feet Link

 

The Denis Sullivan is a replica of an 19th century Great Lakes Schooner.

 

Vessel Type Home Date built Sparred Length A link to their homepage
Denis Sullivan 3-masted Schooner Milwaukee, WI USA 2000 137 feet link

 

 The Brig Roald Amundsen was built in 1952 and services in the East Germany military until the early 1990s when she was converted to a training vessel, used to train about 400 people per year.

 

Vessel Type Home Date built Sparred Length A link to their homepage
Roald Amundsen Brig Eckernforde, Germany 1953 165 feet link

 

The Roseway was quite distinctive with their red sails.

 

Vessel Type Home Date built Sparred Length A link to their homepage
Roseway Schooner St. Croix, US Virgin Islands 1925 137 feet link

 

Then there was the  Unicorn. She  sails out of  New Jersey.  In addtion to corporate sail training, the Unicorn also has a Sisters Under Sail program which is a female only crew.  If I understand it correctly, both Toronto Brigantine captains Rhys Weed and Julian Schroer both sailed on the Unicorn before coming  after being trainees on TBI’s program and before joining up with Toronto Brigantine’s as our Captains.   

 

Here is another of the many pictures taken by Erin Short that shows the Playfair (Captain Rhsy Weed) with Unicorn and Empire Sandy sailing together in the Parade of Sail. The picture is one of a series of pictures that Erin Short posted on Flickr. Check them out.

Vessel Type Home Date built Sparred Length A link to their homepage
STV Unicorn(Sisters under Sail) Topsail Schooner Clinton, NJ USA 1947 188 feet link

 

The Bounty was way at the other end of the Queen’s Quay.  The Bounty is the star of many movies including “Pirates of the Carribean” and  “Mutiny of the Bounty” for which the ship was originally commissioned.

 

Vessel Type Home Date built Sparred Length A link to their homepage
HMS Bounty Full rigged Ship Long Island NY USA 1962 180 feet link

 

The Flagship Niagara was at the Toronto Waterfront Festival too. Their home port is Erie PA.

Both the Pathfinder and Playfair, along with numerous other tall ships, will be meeting in Erie, PA at the end of the summer for a Tall Ship festival there. Maybe we will see you there.

https://tallshipsintoronto.wordpress.com/2010/06/05/see-you-at-tall-ships-erie-2010/

 The Tall Ship Erie 2010 event is to help with fundraising for the Niagara.   With the loss of some government funding for their program, fundraising is very important to the Niagara, hence the “Don’t Give Up the Ship” flag.

 

Vessel Type Home Date built Sparred Length A link to their homepage
Flagship Niagara Brig Erie, PAUSA 1911 198 feet link

 

  

Vessel Type Home Date built Sparred Length A link to their homepage
Pride of Baltimore Square Topsail Schooner Baltimore, MD USA 1988 170 feet link

 

Happy Canada Day! Here is a picture of the Fireworks taken by James Swartz while on the Toronto Brigantine Donor Recognition Sail. For more photos and art by James Swartz, check out his website.

 

We still have spots available in our summer sail program, so call today, to book a spot.

Happy Sailing and we look forward to seeing you around the Great Lakes and Georgian Bay this summer.

NOTE: Unless otherwise indicated, all photos shown on this posting were taken by Jim Orgill, a TBI friend and neighbour on the Toronto Waterfront.

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