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2012 Savannah Tall Ships Challenge® set for May 3-7
March 30, 2012

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The Savannah Historic Riverfront and Visit Savannah will host the 2012 Savannah Tall Ships Challenge® May 3-7. This unique experience will welcome some of the most majestic Tall Ships the world has to offer and is guaranteed to be one of the most colorful and spectacular ticketed festivals our city has ever seen. More than 15 Tall Ships have confirmed to participate to help Savannah celebrate our rich maritime and nautical history and recognize the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812.

Kicking off on May 3 with the opening ceremonies in downtown Savannah’s Historic Riverfront, visitors will be able to view all the ships and board many during the five-day festival which will also include performances, reenactments, sea shanties, stilt walkers, pirates and more.

The full schedule even allows visitors the opportunity to enjoy their own private sailing excursion on participating ships with the Sail-Away Excursion package or have dinner with the Captain at the Captain’s Dinner to be held at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center. The 2012 Savannah Tall Ships® will culminate with the Savannah Tall Ships Challenge® Parade of Sail up the Savannah River on Monday, May 7.

“On May 3, Savannah will be privileged to witness the majestic sight as 15 Tall Ships sail into Savannah for five days,” said Joe Marinelli, President of Visit Savannah. “The Savannah Tall Ships Challenge® offers everyone a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see up close these historic ships in our beautiful historic city.”

Although in its first year in Savannah, The Tall Ships Challenge® is an annual event organized by the American Sail Training Association alternating in a three year cycle between the Great Lakes, the Pacific and the Atlantic coasts of North America. The event draws hundreds of thousands of people to witness beautiful Tall Ships from the age of sail and provides a unique opportunity for the participants to interact with the crews of different vessels in friendly rivalry as they race from port to port.

For more information, a schedule of events a updated list of the Tall Ships scheduled to participate and to purchase tickets for the Savannah Tall Ships Challenge, visit

Tickets are available online or at the Savannah Civic Center Box Office, 301 W. Oglethorpe Ave., Monday-Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. or by phone at 912.651.6557.

Find the Savannah Tall Ships Challenge® on Facebook at Savannah Tall Ships or follow us on Twitter at SAVTallShips.

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