Ren­dez-vous 2017 Tall Ships in three Cape Bre­ton ports this week­end

Cape Breton Post - - Front Page - BY CHRIS­TIAN ROACH Chris­tian.roach@cb­

Ren­dez-vous 2017 Tall Ships are on their way.

The Ren­dez-vous 2017 Tall Ships will sail into three Cape Bre­ton ports on Friday.

Syd­ney, Louis­bourg and St. Pe­ter’s will be wel­com­ing a to­tal of 13 ships for the week­end, be­fore they all set sail for Lunen­burg.

In all three Cape Bre­ton lo­ca­tions there are events that the pub­lic can en­joy while they stop to see the Tall Ships.

In Syd­ney, three ves­sels will be docked at the Syd­ney water­front at the Joan Har­riss Cruise Pavil­ion. Tours of the ships will begin at noon on Friday. Ni­cole Ma­cAulay, act­ing man­ager of mar­ket­ing and ad­min­is­tra­tion for the Port of Syd­ney, said the ships are in Syd­ney dur­ing the Syd­ney Water­front Fes­ti­val, so that the fes­ti­val can offer some­thing for all ages.

“The fact that the Tall Ships are in Syd­ney and it’s co­in­cid­ing with the Syd­ney Water­front Fes­ti­val and the free CBC con­certs, there’s just go­ing to be so much hap­pen­ing at the port and along the board­walk and down­town, there’s go­ing to be some­thing for ev­ery­one to do,” said Ma­cAulay.

In St. Pe­ter’s, four Tall Ships will be ar­riv­ing at the tail end of the town’s an­nual sum­mer cel­e­bra­tion, Ni­cholas Denys Days. The ves­sels will be docked at St. Pe­ter’s Canal. Amanda Mom­bour­quette, chair of the Vil­lage on the Canal As­so­ci­a­tion, said view­ing the ships in St. Pe­ter’s would be a unique ex­pe­ri­ence.

“The Tall Ships sort of wrap our fes­ti­val up with a big, gi­ant bang,” said Mom­bour­quette. “It’s go­ing to be a busy, busy week. St. Pe­ter’s is go­ing to be pretty unique.

“We have four ships com­ing in that are con­firmed and on Sun­day we ac­tu­ally have Swim the Canal hap­pen­ing at the same time, so peo­ple will be swim­ming along­side the ships — it’s kind of a on­cein-a-life­time op­por­tu­nity.”

In Louis­bourg there will be six ships ar­riv­ing in Louis­bourg har­bour at 10 a.m. on Friday. The Cana­dian Coast Guard will guide the ves­sels in and tra­di­tional can­non fire from Parks Canada will also be part of the wel­come, with tours start­ing on Friday at noon.

The sail­ing ves­sels will also

be docked dur­ing Louis­bourg’s an­nual Crab Fest. Mark Bar­ber, man­ager for me­dia, cruise and vis­i­tor ser­vices for Des­ti­na­tion Cape Bre­ton, said it will be ex­cit­ing to see Louis­bourg packed with crowds on the week­end.

“What we’re so ex­cited about is to just see the town filled up with peo­ple. It just does a tremen­dous amount of good to the spir­its of the com­mu­nity when they have so many visi­tors,” said Bar­ber, “I think with Crab Fest be­ing the pil­lar and the Tall Ships be­ing a back­drop, it’s go­ing to be a pretty elec­tric week­end in Louis­bourg.”

Tour­ing the sail­ing ves­sels is free and open to all ages, photo ID is re­quired for any­one over 16 who wishes to tour the ships.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the Ren­dez-vous 2017 Tall Ships and their jour­ney, visit http://www.


One of the sail­ing ves­sels that will be dock­ing in St. Pe­ter’s, The Mist of Avalon, is seen in this photo from 2009 sail­ing past the Fortress of Louis­bourg


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