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Captain’s Log – Race 1: PRIDE II, DRAKEN, and the “Millennium of Difference Race”

Date: Monday, July 4th, 2016 – American Independence Day Time: 0900 EDT Position: Western Lake Ontario 14 nautical miles northeast of Fort Niagara, New York, at the mouth of the Niagara River Pride of Baltimore II is part of a “Millennium of Difference Race” (my personal description): two sailing vessels of the greatest difference of time of origin in the…

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Captain’s Log – PRIDE II in Toronto

Date: July 2, 2016 Position: Toronto Harbor The weather is gorgeous! Dry, partly cloudy with wind from the northwest: a classic post cold front and new high-pressure onset phenomenon. The Toronto Harbor is a natural phenomenon that suggests high-end resort planning. Yacht clubs, parks with beaches, and some wonderfully exotic small residences (that were squatter homes first) make up a…

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Captain’s Log – Respite in Cape Vincent, NY

Date: Wednesday, June 29, 2016 Time: 0800 EDT Position: Northeast corner of Lake Ontario Pride is underway again, motoring after a short evening respite at the very accommodating and friendly little village of Cape Vincent, New York. US Customs formalities were smoothly and efficiently handled by very professional agents. Grocery shopping was arranged for the ship’s cook, Phil, by our liaison,…

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Captain’s Log – Light But Favorable Winds

Date: Wednesday June 22, 2016 Time: 1430 ADT Position: 55 nautical miles southeast of Gaspe Peninsula in the Gulf of St.Lawrence The sailing was indeed good this morning. However, winds fell light right after lunch. While favorable in direction, they were only enough strength to push Pride II along at 3 knots. Started the PORT engine. Been cruising along between 6-7 knots at a…

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Captain’s Log – Gulf of St. Lawrence

Pride of Baltimore, off the Magdalen Islands Gulf of St. Lawrence June 22, 2016 It always takes a couple of days to settle in to the routines of a passage. We are two days out of Lunenburg, and this life is beginning to be normal for everyone. It will get normal enough that when we reach port again, it will be an…

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Captain’s Log – Coasting Eastward

Date: June 22, 2016 Time: 0545 ADT Position: 25 nautical miles WSW of the Magdelene Islands in middle of Gulf of St. Lawrence This morning wind is 20-25 knots from SWxW. Pride II is sliding along at around 9 knots under reefed square-topsail, all three jibs (fore-staysail, jib & jib-top) as well foresail and mainsail. It has been a busy 24 hours. 36 hours…

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Captain’s Log – Under Way Again…Departed Lunenburg

Date: Monday June 20, 2016 Time: 1740 ADT/1640 EDT Pride II is under full broad reaching sail steering east past Halifax bound for Cape Canso at the east end of Nova Scotia about 100 nautical miles away. Wind is on the starboard quarter and all broad reaching sail includes the top-gallant sail and the studding-sail. Wind is blowing about 15 knots from the south-southwest. Pride…

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Captain’s Log – Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

Pride of Baltimore II visiting Lunenburg, Nova Scotia is a very special experience for both the crew and the marine population of this seafaring town. There is a long and proud legacy of commercial sailing history here that continues to be supported by a maritime museum as well continued modern commercial fishery in the presence of modern and classical recreational boating.…

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PRIDE II Headed to Toronto

After spending a few days in Norfolk, VA for the Norfolk Harborfest, Pride of Baltimore II, America’s Star-Spangled Ambassador, has made her way north towards Toronto. There, the tall ship will promote Maryland’s economic interests in ports around Canada, including the Redpath Waterfront Festival. The Redpath Waterfront Festival (RWF) presented by PortsToronto will once again launch the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE®…

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