Leave from the Buffalo Waterfront July 4-7
A fleet of 12 historic and majestic tall ships will grace Canalside, Riverwalk and Erie Basin Marina for Buffalo’s inauguration as an official Host Port of the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Great Lakes 2019 race July 4-7. The biggest celebration in the history of the Buffalo waterfront, Basil Port of Call: Buffalo is a four-day, family-friendly celebration of the city’s maritime heritage and will offer a unique opportunity for adults and children to view, board and explore the vessels; feature family activities, live entertainment, historic exhibits, food and beverages –- and kick-off with a spectacular Parade of Sail presented by OneNiagara® at 3 p.m. on July 4th.
In addition, sail-away excursions will be hosted on three of the tall ships to view the July 4 Parade of Sail from the water, or for Day and Twilight Sails every day from July 5- 7th. Tickets for the excursions are available now online at tallshipsbuffalo.org at a cost of $125 for the Parade of Sail (2-3 hours); $65 for Day Sails (75 minutes); and $85 for Twilight Sails (2 hours). The sail-aways are offered exclusively on these three, twomasted tall ships:
Appledore IV (U.S.) is a steel-hulled 85-foot gaff schooner with a crew of four, carries 48 passengers, is operated by Bay Sail of Bay City, Michigan, and will be berthed at Erie Basin Marina.
Appledore V (U.S.) is a steel-hulled 65-foot gaff schooner with a crew of three, carries up to 24 passengers, and will be berthed at Erie Basin Marina.
Spirit of Buffalo (U.S.) is Buffalo’s flagship and the home-port vessel host of Basil Port of Call: Buffalo, operating out of her normal berth in Canalside’s Commercial Slip. A 73-foot steel topsail schooner owned by Buffalo Sailing Adventures, she carries up to 42 passengers and her tanbark sails have graced the Buffalo waterfront since 2009
Basil Port of Call: Buffalo 2019 is produced by the Port of Call Buffalo Steering Committee, an organization of the Buffalo Lighthouse Association, in coordination with Tall Ships America’s® TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Great Lakes Series.
The Buffalo Lighthouse Association was formed as a not-for-profit corporation in 1985 to restore and preserve Buffalo Harbor's historic lighthouses and interpret the city's maritime heritage. The Association has restored and relit the iconic 1833 lighthouse and operates Lighthouse Point as an historic site and owns and is restoring the 1903 South Buffalo Lighthouse at the other end of the harbor.
A nonprofit organization based in Newport, RI, Tall Ships America® coordinates gatherings of member vessels to promote their education, history and science curriculums with a mission to encourage character building through sail training, promote sail training to the North American public and support education under sail.
Photo: Appledore IV
Linda Schineller, Port of Call: Buffalo Steering Committee