Thursday, April 19, 2007

Like Tall Ships?

Then it is time for you to get underway for Norfolk.
Sail Virginia 2007, a celebration of tall ships and local history, is more than two months out, yet it already rivals anything the Norfolk waterfront has seen in decades.

Twenty-five tall ships from as far away as the Netherlands and India will sail to Norfolk - more than double the 12 ships that visited for OpSail in 2000. Organizers said they will end up with as many as 50 ships in all, including military and other vessels.

Placed end to end, the tall ships alone will stretch the length of more than 10 football fields.

"It's by far the largest production that we've undertaken," said Karen Scherberger, Festevents' executive director.

Preparations began nearly a decade ago and are now climaxing for the $4 million extravaganza June 7 through 12. Organizers are recruiting hundreds of actors and volunteers, working to construct a Colonial village, and arranging new moorings for the visiting tall ships and a warm welcome for their international crews.

The event marks the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown and will be held in conjunction with the traditional, three-day Harborfest.
I could tell you a story about HarborFest '87 .... but I won't.....

Hat tip Tim.

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