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Massachusetts Welcomes Sail Boston 2017 to Boston Harbor to Celebrate Local Maritime History

Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta Makes Port in Massachusetts June 17-22, 2017

Boston, MA.  This summer, Massachusetts welcomes more than fifty tall ships from over twenty countries as the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta makes port in Boston Harbor from June 17-22, 2017.  The Sail Boston 2017 celebration represents the largest convergence of ships to assemble in the area since 2000, and Boston Harbor is the only U.S. port on the worldwide circuit of six nations.

Activities begin on Saturday, June 17, when the Parade of Sail showcases the multitude of vessels as they sail into Boston Harbor.  That is followed by four days of public activities that include sailing exhibitions, free tours onboard ships, sailing workshops and opportunities to interact with multinational crews and representatives from other nations. Among the vessels convening in the Boston Harbor next June are Blue Clipper from UK, El Galeon from Spain and Unión from Peru.

Boston serves as the fifth port of the Rendez-Vous Tall Ships Regatta 2017, a fleet of historic vessels that race to ports in Europe, South America and North America.  After Boston, the fleet then sails en masse to Quebec for Canada’s National 150th Celebration.

The Tall Ships event is a beloved Massachusetts and Boston tradition that dates back to 1976, when a fleet of ships came to Boston Harbor as part of the nation’s Bicentennial celebration. The event celebrates the maritime heritage and international diversity of Massachusetts, where over 140 languages are spoken.

“Massachusetts has a unique maritime history, and the Tall Ships Regatta is one of several interactive experiences we offer to visitors and residents alike.” says Francois-Laurent Nivaud, executive director of the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism. “Massachusetts has numerous museums, harbor islands, and water excursions that reflect our maritime heritage while also giving visitors a rich educational and cultural experience, ” Nivaud added.

“We are thrilled to be a part of Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta,” said Michael Mooney, Esq., President and Chairman of Sail Boston, Inc., the organization in charge of hosting the international Tall

Ships in Boston. “International inclusivity is a priority for Boston and this event. By bringing these ships into our harbor from all over the world, we hope to promote free learning opportunities as much as we do fun family events, like the Parade of Sail and Fireworks Display,” Mooney added.

Visitors traveling for the Regatta are encouraged to visit relevant museums and trails, such as Battleship Cove, The Cape Ann Museum, Salem’s Maritime National Historic Site and The Friendship, the Lobster Trail and the Nantucket Whaling Museum.

Sail Boston is managed and produced by Conventures, Inc., in partnership with the City of Boston, Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau, Massport and Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism.

To learn more about Sail Boston and the Rendez-Vous Tall Ships Regatta 2017 visit or follow on Facebook, @SailBoston2017 on Twitter, or @SailBoston on Instagram and join the conversation using #SailBoston.

About Sail Boston 2017

Since 1992, Sail Boston, Inc., a 501 © 3 not-for-profit organization, has hosted more than 300 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.

About The Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism

MOTT’s mission is to promote Massachusetts as both a leisure and business travel destination for domestic and international markets and to contribute to the growth of the Commonwealth’s economy. For more information on visiting Massachusetts, go to