from the Executive Producer
I wanted to extend one last very special thank you to the Festival of Sail
participating vessels, sponsors, partners, volunteers and staff that worked to
make this event possible.
The weather was spectacular on Wednesday with
32 local and visiting vessels participating in our grand Parade of Sail. Whether
you were one of the lucky ones sailing on a Tall Ship, or landside like me, it
was a beautiful sight to see.
Over the next four days attendees were
encouraged to visit our Festival Villages and tour the participating vessels.
The weather was unbelievable for almost the entire Festival which is something
even our two years of planning could not have guaranteed.
extended along the entire waterfront and presented unexpected challenges. Vessel
locations were established according to vessel needs, pier safety issues and
availability. We tried to place the land venue sites so that they would
complement the vessel locations and attract family participation. As the event
proceeded there were procedural and logistical problems that we attempted to
adjust as well as we could. We have taken note of where improvements are needed
and attendees can be rest assured they will be applied the next time.
The Tall Ships visit the West Coast once every three years and in 2008
the Festival of Sail San Francisco was produced for the first time by the San
Francisco Maritime National Park Association. We wanted to introduce, and
re-introduce San Franciscans and visitors alike to the historic vessels and
education and maritime programs offered at Hyde Street Pier, as well as
encourage people to come down and visit our beautiful waterfront. We hope the
Festival of Sail has sparked that interest and you will join us and other
waterfront partners more often in the future.
Festival of Sail San
Francisco worked closely with the other West Coast ports of Victoria, Tacoma,
Port Alberni, Channel Islands, Los Angeles, San Diego and Dana Point and hope to
make the West Coast an attraction for more Tall Ships, including foreign Class A
vessels, in 2011. Planning for the next Festival of Sail event will begin early
and we encourage you to get involved and help us make improvements.
wish the vessels fair winds as they sail back to their home ports or onto the
next host city.
Thanks to all of those that came out to watch the
Parade, tour the ships and enjoy our Villages. We hope to make it even better
the next time.
Executive Producer To join our 2011
Festival of Sail Committee please contact us at: info@....
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