Tall Ships Return to Boston Harbor | June 17–22, 2017
Today, at a press conference on Boston’s Long Wharf, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, along with the Sail Boston Board of Directors and representatives from Massport and the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau, announced the return of the Tall Ships for Sail Boston 2017, scheduled for June 17–22, 2017. The Tall Ships will return to Boston Harbor for the first time since Sail Boston 2009.
“The City of Boston is looking forward to hosting this maritime event that will feature a Parade of Sail, the first in our harbor in 17 years, and serve to showcase Boston as a highly hospitable and desirable international destination,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “This is an opportunity to introduce a wider audience to Boston’s evolving waterfront and the new opportunities it is creating for economic development, water transportation and recreational activities. The public embrace of our new waterfront is the Sail Boston 2017 legacy that we hope to leave for future generations.”
Sail Boston 2017 will be part of the transatlantic Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta, which is organized by Sail Training International, and culminates in Quebec City to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Canadian Confederation.
Previous Sail Boston events were held in 1992, 2000 and 2009 and welcomed an estimated 18 million spectators and generated millions of dollars in economic impact to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the City of Boston.
“Tourism is one of the cornerstones of our state’s economy,” said Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. “We are a world-renowned visitor destination and Sail Boston events have played a major role in nurturing our hospitality industry. I am confident Sail Boston 2017 will build upon this tradition of excellence and further position Boston and Massachusetts as top-tier destinations.”
“The positive effects of Sail Boston reach far beyond the waterfront,” said Cindy Brown, general manager of Boston Duck Tours. “Throughout the city, we saw an influx of visitors not only enjoying the Tall Ships but all that Boston has to offer.”
Expanding on past events, Sail Boston 2017 will utilize traditional South Boston Waterfront sites as well as new viewing areas in Charlestown and East Boston for visitors to enjoy the Tall Ships.
“I want to thank Mayor Walsh for bringing the Tall Ships back to Boston,” said Massport CEO Thomas P. Glynn. “This announcement comes as Boston is experiencing a recommitment to the maritime mission and the 7,000 blue collar jobs in the port. Massport looks forward to working with the City of Boston and all of our partners to make Sail Boston 2017 a wonderful experience.”
More than 50 majestic ships are expected to participate in Sail Boston 2017. From April to September, an international fleet of beautiful and historic vessels will race to ports in six nations across the Atlantic Ocean. The Rendez-Vous 2017 regatta commences in the United Kingdom, continues to Portugal, then on to Bermuda before racing to Boston. From Boston, the fleet will then sail to Quebec City for Canada’s National 150th Celebration.
“All eyes will be on these incredible ships and all eyes will be on Boston and our burgeoning waterfront,” said Patrick B. Moscaritolo, President & CEO of the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau. “The Sail Boston Board of Directors, led by Chairman Mike Mooney, is working diligently to make this a very memorable event.”
About Sail Boston, Inc.
Since 1992, Sail Boston, Inc., a 501 (c)3 not-for-profit organization, has hosted more than 500 international tall ships and vessels of interest to Boston and many Massachusetts coastal communities. Sail Boston, Inc. endeavors to develop programs that provide economic development and cultural enrichment for citizens, businesses and visitors in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.