Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Thursday, July 7, 2016
The grand finale Parade of Sail features all festival ships and unique local vessels as they sail through the Toronto harbour to bid farewell. This year you could see Spanish El Galeón, the breathtaking 1/1 scale reconstruction of a 16th century Spanish galleon that was part of Spain’s West Indies fleet.
Very attractive Draken Harald Hårfagre from Norway is the Most Authentic Viking Ship Built in 1000 Years! Built by Norway’s leading experts and craftsmen in traditional boat building, the Draken is the largest reconstruction of a Viking ship built in modern times.
Another beauty is The Pride of Baltimore II which was commissioned in 1988 as a sailing memorial to her immediate predecessor, the original Pride of Baltimore. Both ships were built in the Inner Harbor as reproductions of 1812-era topsail schooners.
Returning to RWF are the Brigantines, St. Lawrence II, TS Playfair, & STV Pathfinder. A brigantine is a two-masted square-rigged sailing vessel with fore-and-aft rigged sails on the mainmast. This is distinct from a brig that has square sails on both masts. The name comes from the Italian word brigantino meaning a pirate ship and was associated with the vessels favoured by them in the Mediterranean.
O Canada is a type of boat called an Open 60. It is a monohull, high-performance, racing boat, designed for single-handed competition. Canadian Ocean Racing (COR) is Canada’s premier offshore racing team which operates and sails the O Canada.