Tall Ships June 17-22, 2017 Event Preview

June 1, 2017 -- Boston Harbor welcomes the return of the Tall Ships for the first time since 2000. The nautical world takes center stage in Boston Harbor as the festivals begin on Saturday June 17, 2017 these magnificent sailing vessels are lead by the US Coast Guard Barque Eagle and include the Union from Peru, Europa from the Netherlands, Alexander Von Humboldt II from Germany, El Galeon from Spain and many, many more. The combined length of the tall ships participating in Sail Boston 2017 is 6,238 feet! The equivlent of eight Prudentia Towers or the length of the route the New England Patriots took on their championship parade.

Sail Boston 2017 is part of the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta, a transatlantic race organized by Sail Training International. (see sailing map below).

The regatta commenced in the UK on April 13, raced to Portugal, then to Bermuda, then to Boston. The Grand Parade of Sail launches a five day (June 17-22, 2017) nautical celebration featuring educational, cultural, interactive and re-enactment events and activities as well as daily FREE public boarding of the ships in the Seaport and Charlestown. A colorful crew and cadets parade, soccer tournament, crew party and sunset salutes highlight the landside activities. For up to date event information download the SAIL Boston App.

Over 45 tall ships are expected to participate in Sail Boston 2017 festivities with ships hailing from more than ten countries including: Canada, Chile, Cook Islands, Ecuador, Germany, Spain, The Netherlands, United States and more! (As of May 25, 2017).

For a complete list of events, participating ships and/or latest updates log onto the Sail boston social networking pages. To join the conversation online use the hash tag #SailBoston (Facebook/Twitter/Instagram). (See links below).


For a list of streets that will be closed or to view which streets will be best of viewing the tall ships Street Impact link. This page will show you which streets are closed what time viewing areas open, etc.


The Sail Boston Express provides bus connection to Sail Boston from several area Park & Rides thoughout New England from June 17-21, 2017. The Express is a reservation-based system and spots will fill up quickly so book today! To reserve tickets log onto to SailBostonExpress website. Cities served by Sail Boston Express: Hyannis, MA (connection fto Hy-Line Ferry Service from Nantucket), Nashua, NH/ Tyngsborough, MA (Park & Ride), New Bedford/Taunton/West Bridgewater (Park & Ride), Plymouth/Rockland, MA (Park & Ride), Quincy, MA (Quincy Adams MBTA Station), Salem, NH/Methuen/Andover, MA (Park & Ride) and Worcester/Framingham, MA (Park & Ride).

The Sail Boston Circulator provides shuttle connection service to/from the Seaport District, North Station and Charlestown June 17 – 21, 2017. Easily navigate from the Seaport District to Charlestown with one simple ticket. Buy Tickets HERE. Shuttle service will provide a link between North Station - Charlestown Navy Yard (Tall Ship Viewing Location) and the Seaport District (Tall Ship viewing location).Service allows for hop-on hop-off service for each day during Sail Boston (one price all day service.). North Station to Charlestown boarding location: Causeway Street between Bevery Medford Streets. North Station to Seaport District boarding locations: Causeway Street at Haverhill Street. Charlestown boarding location: Chelsea Street at 5th Street. Seaport Distict boarding location: Seaport BLVD at the corner of Boston Wharf Road. Service runs: Saturday June 17th from 7am to 10pm. Sunday June 18th thru Wednesday 21st service runs from 10am to 10pm.

Take The T: MBTA shuttles will run direct service on June 17-21 from Sullivan Square station to Charlestown Navy Yard, with additional shuttles on June 17 from JFK/UMASS station to Castle Island. The MBTA offers Sail Boston transportation passes log onto the MBTASailBoston.com for more info. Passes range from five to thirty-five dollars depending on what pass you purchase (per person per 24 hour day). Transportation passes can also be purchased at ticket offices located at Back Bay, North Station and South Station from June 5-21, 2017. Passes will also be sold during events at major Subway stations.


Opening Ceremony (Friday June 16 at 12 pm at Boston Harbor Hotel Rotunda). Grand Parade of Sail (Saturday June 17 from 9am to 3pm at Boston Harbor).

Sail Boston Festivals (Saturday June 17 - Wednesday June 21 from 10am to 10pm at Boston Fish Pier and Charlestown Navy Yard.

Public Boarding of Ships (Saturday June 17 from 4pm to 10pm. Sunday June 18 from 10am to 10pm at Boston Fish Pier World Trade Center, Fan Pier and Charlestown Navy Yard. Locations are for both date).

Sail Boston Massachusetts Fallen Heroes Memorial Wreath Laying (Sunday June 18 11am at Massachusetts Fallen Heroes

Crew & Cadet Street Parade Presented By Downtown Boston BID (Monday June 19 from 12pm to 2pm at Seaport BLVD to Downtown Crossing).

Crew and Cadet Soccer Tournament (Tuesday June 20 from 10am to 2:30pm at Moakley Park).

Sunset Salute (Tuesday June 20 from 7pm to 9pm at Charlestown Navy Yard.

Tug of War (Wednesday June 21 at 12pm at South Boston Maritime Park.

Sunset Salute (Wednesday June 21 from 7pm to 9pm at Fan Pier).

Tall Ships Depart (Thursday morning June 22).

Parade of Sail Bleacher Seating Available Now! Tickets cost $100 and can be purchased online by logging onto the EventBrite.com website. Event is on Saturday June 17, 2017 runs from 9am to 3pm at Mass Marine Terminal on Fid o Kennedy Ave and Seafood Way in Boston, MA. Event includes The first grand Parade of Sail in Seventeen years! Grandstand seating. Plenty of restrooms available.


Sail On Board a Magnificant Tall Ship. Click HERE For more information. Several private tours and cruises are available to see the Tall Ships.

The following ships are scheduled (subject to change): to appear at Sail Boston 2017
Adirondack III (USA), Alert (USA), Alexander Von Humboldt II (Germany), Atyla (Republic of Vanuatu), BAE Guaya (Ecuador), Bloodhound USA), Blue Clipper (Malta), Bluenose II (Canada), Brilliant (USA), Captiva (USA), Eagle (USA), El Galeon (Spain), Esmeralda (Chile), Europa (The Netherlands), Fame (USA), Formidable (USA), Geronimo (USA), Green Dragon (Usa), Gulden Leeuw (The Netherlands), Harvey Gamage (USA), Hindu (USA), Impossible Dream (USA), Jolie Brise (UK), Lettie G. Howard (USA), Lewis H. Story (USA), Liberty Clipper (USA), Liberty Star (USA), Lynx (USA), Oliver Hazard Perry (USA), Oosterschelde (The Netherlands), Oriole (Canada), Peter Von Danzig (Germany) Picton Castle (Cook Islands), Pride of Baltimore (USA), Redbird (USA), Regina-Germania (Germany), Rona II (UK), Roseway (USA), Schooner Adventure (USA), Schooner Ardelle (USA), Schooner Halie & Matthew (USA), Spaniel (Latvia), Spirit of South Carolina (USA), Thomas E. Lannon (USA), Tree of Life (USA), Union (Peru), Vahine (Finland) and When and If (USA).

Is the only US port of the international Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta in celebration of Canada’s 150th Anniversary. Sail Boston 2017 is produced and managed by Conventures, Inc., New England’s premier special events company, in partnership with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, City of Boston, Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau, Massport, the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism, Fan Pier, Sail Training International, Tall Ships America, and U.S. National Park Service.

Private funding is generously provided by Bank of America, The Coca-Cola Company, Stop& Shop Supermarkets, Downtown Boston: Business Improvement District, Boston Harbor Cruises, Boston Beer Company, Gourmet Caterers, PwC, Suffolk Construction, Citizens Bank, ENGIE, Entertainment Cruises, The Hampshire House Corporation, The Gordon and Marjorie
Osborne Foundation, T-Mobile, Skanska, Bay State Cruises, Boston Harbor Hotel, Massachusetts Bay Lines, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston Private, Cushman & Wakefield, John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, Nutter, Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center, Legal Seafoods, Charles Riverboat Co., Tishman Speyer, Harbor Fuels, and Boston Properties.
WCVB Channel 5 and WBZ Radio are official media partners of Sail Boston.

HOST HOTELS AND RESTAURANTS INCLUDE: Aloft Boston Seaport, Boston Marriott Long Wharf, Omni Parker House, Boston Park Plaza, The Colonnade Hotel, Element Boston Seaport, Fairmont Copley Plaza, Four Seasons Hotel Boston, Hawthorne Hotel, Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor, The Lenox, Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel, Taj Boston, The Westin Waterfront. Host Restaurants include: Barlow’s Restaurant, Del Frisco’s Seaport, Durgin-Park Restaurant, Gather, J. P. Licks, Reelhouse Restaurant, Pier 6 Restaurant, Tresca, Warren Tavern. For up to date sponsor information, please log onto: SailBoston.com/sponsors.

The Following Items Are NOT Allowed:

Backpages or Large Bags, Coolers on Wheels, Firearms/Weapons/Objects and or Fireworks, Cans/Glass Containers/Pre-mixed Beverages and/ or Alcoholic Beverages, Wagons or Pull Carts, Drones, Pets (excluding certified service animals), Grills/Propane Tanks or Open Flames, Bicycles (Bicycle Parking will be available outside most screning areas).

The Following Items ARE Allowed

Baby Strollers, Blankets or Tarps (max size 10' by 10') Diaper Bags (that are easily searchable), Folding/Beach Chairs, Glass baby bottles, Small clutch purses/bags (that are easily searchable) and Shoulder strap or single handle coolers.

Note: There will be no storage of bags available.

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