The Tall Ships Are Coming!

The Tall Ships are coming back to Halifax during the last weekend of July (July 28 – August 1) and it will be a site to see.

Now for those of you who have never seen the Parade of Sail, you are in for a treat, but I am getting ahead of myself.

To begin, what are the tall ships?  Well based on the definition from sailtraininginternational.org

There are four classes of vessel:

Class A
All square – rigged vessels (barque, barquentine, brig, brigantine or ship rigged) and all other vessel more than 40 metres Length Overall (LOA), regardless of rig.

Class B
Traditionally rigged vessels (ie gaff rigged sloops, ketches, yawls and schooners) with an LOA of less than 40 metres and with a waterline length (LWL) of at least 9.14 metres.

Class C
Modern rigged vessels (i.e Bermudan rigged sloops, ketches, yawls and schooners) with an LOA of less than 40 metres and with a waterline length (LWL) of at least 9.14 metres not carrying spinnaker-like sails.

Class D

Modern rigged vessels (i.e Bermudan rigged sloops, ketches, yawls and schooners) with an LOA of less than 40 metres and with a waterline length (LWL) of at least 9.14 metres carrying spinnaker-like sails.

The best way to find out what is happening event wise however you should head to tallshipshalifax.com for all of the information on the festival and events.