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Six Ships Join OpSail Fleet

Schooners will be part of the Parade of Sail when the event comes to New London in July

OpSail 2012 Connecticut organizers announced today that six schooners have joined the Parade of Sail, which will visit the region in July.

The participating vessels are Wolf from Key West, Fla.; Meerwald from Jersey City, N.J.; the Appledore V from Bay City, Mich.; Spirit, of Essex; and Brilliant and Argia, of Mystic. The ships will join the and Brazil's Navy training ship Cisne Branco.

“We’re thrilled to be able to announce these additional ships coming to New London this summer,” said John S. Johnson, chairman of OpSail 2012 Connecticut, in a press release. “The event is going to be a spectacular celebration of our state’s naval excellence, and our historic maritime tradition. We’re looking forward to announcing more ships and other fun and exciting events around OpSail 2012 Connecticut.”  

Ships participating in OpSail 2012 will visit a number of ports along the Gulf of Mexico and East Coast in a celebration of the bicentennial of the War of 1812. The Eagle will be in New Orleans, La. for the start of the event on Tuesday.

"The OpSail 2000 event was a prominent part of our family's sailing history and we are very enthused at the prospect of taking part in the OpSail experience in New London this summer,” said John L. Sennings, owner of the Spirit. “These are great events for everyone, both participants and visitors.  Connecticut has a great maritime tradition and these large OpSail experiences help bring out that history for all to enjoy."

OpSail will conclude in New London from July 6 to July 9, starting when the ships arrive in East Lyme on the first day. The event will also coordinate with New London's annual Sailfest celebration, and ships from the Navy and Sailfest will dock at City Pier while most OpSail vessels will dock at Fort Trumbull.

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sue silvia April 13, 2012 at 07:19 PM
Beautiful.
Alan Green, Jr. April 13, 2012 at 09:56 PM
Congratulations, OpSailers! These are just the first of many ship and boat owners who will recognize the party is in New London (not Newport) that weekend - as it is every weekend! Tomorrow afternoon, a group of volunteers - made up largely of Conn College enrollees - will be flooding downtown for a couple of hours of 'gettin it done' - starting the ongoing effort to 'Paint the Town' - paint and clean up of downtown to put our best foot forward for visitors. If you see a yellow t-shirt between 2 and 4, join em! Or look for ways in the coming weeks to support the effort! Earn YOUR yellow T-shirt! Dev's is base camp.
Patrick Herring April 13, 2012 at 11:48 PM
These are not tall ships. They are only a tad bigger than canoes in the LLBean catalog.
constance stripling April 14, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Nope, these are not TALL ships but they are as graceful and magnificent as any. Schooners have been part of our maritime tradition for hundreds of years. I'm delighted to have an opportunity to see them come to port New London. YEAH!
Tambria Moore April 14, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Actually, schooners are tall ships. Tall ship rigs include topsail schooners, brigantines, brigs and barques. Square rigged and over 40 metres LOA are Class A. Traditionally rigged vessels (ie gaff rigged sloops, ketches, yawls and schooners) with an LOA of less than 40 metres are Class B. 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 include 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.

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