One trend we’ve noted with increasing pleasure over the past couple of years has been the increasing entry of tall ships into major distance races, both existing ones and their own specialized events. The biggest of them all is the Tall Ships Atlantic Challenge, which right now includes dozens of ships heading East for Charleston, SC after a stopover in Bermuda. And make no mistake: These ships may be full of sail trainees, including lots of children and newbies, but we know quite a few of these captains and you can bet they are racing! There are literally thousands of classrooms around the world tuned to the tracker and daily blogs from almost the entire Tall Ships fleet, and amazingly, even the astronauts on the International Space Station are paying attention to their journey.
There are other races around the world for these beautiful beasts, from the dopey to the serious. Charleston’s Spirit of South Carolina recently raced a drift-a-thon Charleston to Bermuda race that no one finished before the fleet finally said “enough,” while the gorgeous Privateer Lynx is right now in Long Beach for a few final tours before setting off for Hawaii as a competitor in the Transpac. Call us crazy, but if a boat is going to roll us, it might as well look like this.