Mast ap­peal

Tall ships draw 15,000 peo­ple in Syd­ney and Louisbourg

Cape Breton Post - - Front Page - BY NIKKI SUL­LI­VAN

The Ren­dez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Re­gatta was a big suc­cess in both Syd­ney and Louisbourg, draw­ing more than 10,000 peo­ple to the Syd­ney wa­ter­front and more than 4,600 peo­ple to Louisbourg.

“I’m mostly ex­cited to see the Syd­ney wa­ter­front come alive like this,” said Ni­cole Ma­cAulay, spokes­woman for the Port of Syd­ney De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion.

“Peo­ple are so ex­cited with ev­ery­thing hap­pen­ing down here on the wa­ter­front. There was some­thing hap­pen­ing ev­ery­where for ev­ery­one.”

Amanda McDougall, spokes­woman for the or­ga­niz­ers of tall ships re­gatta in Louisbourg, also heard good things from peo­ple at­tend­ing.

“Town was abuzz with peo­ple talk­ing about how good the Tall Ships were,” she said.

“Peo­ple were say­ing we want this to hap­pen in Louisbourg all the time — not just the tall ships but fes­ti­vals. The at­mos­phere was so happy and fun.”

In Louis­burg, about 1,700 peo­ple came to see the ships on Fri­day and roughly 2,900 peo­ple came on Satur­day.

Ma­cAulay con­firmed about 2,500 peo­ple came to see the tall ships in Syd­ney on Fri­day and about 8,000 came on Satur­day.

To­tals for Sun­day were still un­der re­view for both lo­ca­tions at time of pub­li­ca­tion.

The tall ships were also in St. Peter’s and left Sun­day, how­ever, no one was avail­able for com­ment.

The event at­tracted lo­cals and tourists to the Syd­ney wa­ter­front.

Harry Vient, from Cape Cod, Mass., was a cruise ship pas­sen­ger who en­joyed tour­ing the ships and tak­ing pic­tures. This was his first visit to Nova Sco­tia.

“This is nice. I saw some of them when they were in Bos­ton ear­lier this sum­mer,” he said.

Mary Mitchell and her hus­band Mitch were “ex­cited” to see the ships, es­pe­cially the Lord Nelson. It is one of the only tall ships in the world de­signed for able-bod­ied and phys­i­cally dis­abled peo­ple to sail it.

“To think they of­fer it (tours of the ships) for free,” said Mitchell, who lives an hour out­side of Syd­ney, Australia.

“In Syd­ney they would charge for some­thing like this. And we’d be in queue for hours.”

Ju­lianna Par­sons was there with her three-year-old daugh­ter An­na­lynn.

“An­na­lynn liked the tall ships very much but she took it very se­ri­ously. She is just like that,” said Par­sons, who lives in North Syd­ney.

It was the va­ri­ety of ships that Par­sons liked.

“They had clas­sic ships like the Bluenose II, to more mod­ern. It was the first time I had been on the Bluenose,” she said.

Any­one view­ing the tall ships on the Syd­ney wa­ter­front had a spe­cial treat — live bag­pipe mu­sic.

Greg Camp­bell from Syd­ney was busk­ing on the board­walk across the water from the tall ships. As he played, the mu­sic drifted over the water and peo­ple could hear it on the dock and in the boats.

For Ma­cAulay, it was a wel­come sur­prise.

“It’s su­per cool, and I don’t know who he is,” she said. “He added am­biance.” One mo­ment that stuck out to McDougall was the night be­fore the re­gatta in Louisbourg.

“Some of the tall ships an­chored right in front of the Fortress of Louisbourg. They re­ally en­joyed it and it was in­cred­i­ble to see,” she said.

The suc­cess of the event makes both Ma­cAulay and McDougall think the Ren­dez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships would be a great yearly event.

“If that could be pos­si­ble it would be great to see them come ev­ery year,” Ma­cAulay said.

“I think it was one of the hap­pi­est events ever in Louisbourg,” McDougall said.

NIKKI SUL­LI­VAN/CAPE BRE­TON POST

Ni­cole Ma­cAulay, spokes­woman for the Port of Syd­ney De­vel­op­ment Corp., stands in front of the tall ship Lord Nelson on Sun­day. An es­ti­mated 15,000 peo­ple at­tended the Ren­dez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Re­gatta in Syd­ney and Louisbourg.

NIKKI SUL­LI­VAN/CAPE BRE­TON POST

Mary Mitchell, from Australia, gets to try Const. Hugh Mac­Don­ald’s mo­tor­cy­cle at the Ren­dez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Re­gatta in Syd­ney.

NIKKI SUL­LI­VAN/CAPE BRE­TON POST

Harry Vient, from Mas­sachusetts, snaps pho­tos of the Bluenose II mast dur­ing the Ren­dez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Re­gatta.

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