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Tall Ships Festival Comes to Dana Point this Weekend

This weekend brings the 28th annual Tall Ships Festival at Dana Point Harbor, hosted by the Ocean Institute and sponsored by Toshiba.  The Tall Ships Festival web site offers more information about the events and schedule, but visitors are invited to:

“come and explore the majesty and wonder of tall ships through the smells, sounds and sights of real working tall ships. Interactive living-history encampments including blacksmiths, scrimshaw artists, and the infamous Port Royal Privateers are sure to entertain and amaze guests of all ages and are not to be missed.”

The event kicks off with the tall ships parade today.

On Friday, September 7, 2012, sails will appear off the Dana Point Headlands once more. From shore, watch as the crews of the Tall Ships prepare to enter the harbor around sunset as they defend themselves from the cannon blasts of renegade vessels.  Participating Tall Ships and Great Schooners will include the Pilgrim, Spirit of Dana Point, Exy Johnson, Irving Johnson, Californian, Amazing Grace, Bill of Rights, American Pride and Curlew.

Spirit of Dana Point (photo courtesy of

One of the highlights of the Festival are the tall ship cannon battles, occurring at sunset on Saturday, September 8 and Sunday, September 9.  Other events include food, concerts, tours of the ships and a regatta.

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