Tall ships set sail from Digby to An­napo­lis


The sec­ond day of tall ships in Digby was smooth sail­ing, with peo­ple of all ages en­joy­ing the ships be­fore they sailed for An­napo­lis.

As the tides rose Aug. 15, the ships were opened up to vis­i­tors.

An es­ti­mated 1,000 peo­ple per hour vis­ited the ships – a to­tal that left event or­ga­niz­ers Saskia Geerts and Ben Cleve­land in a happy state of shock.

The or­ga­niz­ers

“That’s really quite the num­ber,” said Geerts.

“I’m happy to see so many peo­ple have come out to cel­e­brate this oc­ca­sion with us.”

Cleve­land is also happy with how ev­ery­thing has played out at the event.

“With the ex­cep­tion of a few mi­nor hic­cups, this has gone really well. The weather co-op­er­ated, which was really the big­gest worry we had,” he said.

The ships

As with ev­ery fes­ti­val event in Digby, peo­ple from the Digby and from away were among the thousands of peo­ple vis­it­ing the ships.

Many were eager to see the tall ships and walk around them since it’s been 17 years since they last sailed to Digby.

Among those on the Bluenose II were Kar­ley Shields, six, and Aidan Guin­don, eight, with grand­moth­ers Karen Hill and Laura Nei­ley, vis­it­ing from Lower Sackville and Kingston.

Both gen­er­a­tions were equally ex­cited about the ships. Point­ing at the mast, Kar­ley said, “I feel like I could climb up there and touch the clouds!”

Aidan added that, “it’s really cool to see the big an­chors. That’s my favourite part.”

Peo­ple from far away

Vis­it­ing all the way from Nor­folk, Eng­land was Grace Seaton, 13, and par­ents Jo and Nick Seaton.

The three vis­ited Cape Bre­ton, where they drove the Cabot Trail, and stayed with long­time friends Sharon and Dale Arn­burg in Cold­brook be­fore com­ing to see the tall­ships.

“This really is a beau­ti­ful ship,” said Jo, as she waited in line to board the Bluenose II.

After all the fun, the tall ships sailed off to An­napo­lis Royal. Clos­ing cel­e­bra­tions in­cluded fire­works.


Kar­ley Shields, six, and Aidan Guin­don, eight, who came to Digby to see the tall ships with grand­moth­ers Karen Hill and Laura Nei­ley.


A side­view of the Lord Nel­son, built in the United King­dom in 1985.


Saskia Geerts aboard the Wylde Swan, the ship she was most ex­cited to see. It was built near where she’s from out­side Am­s­ter­dam, in the Nether­lands.

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