Fleet of tall ships scheduled to return to Great Lakes

BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) – A fleet of tall ships is scheduled to return to the Great Lakes this summer.

The Grand Rapids Press and our media partners at MLive report Tuesday at least 20 of the high-masted vessels are expected to visit each of the Great Lakes beginning in July. In between ports, organizers say the ships will be racing.

Stops are expected to include Bay City in mid-July.

The entire roster has not been announced, but the fleet will make port at least 8 times in the Great Lakes this summer.

• Toronto, Ont., July 1-3.
• Fairport, Ohio, July 8-10.
• Bay City, Mich., July 15-17.
• Chicago, Ill., July 27-31.
• Green Bay, Wis., Aug. 5-7.
• Duluth, Minn., Sept. 17-18.
• Erie, Penn., Sept. 8-11.
• Brockville, Ont., Sept. 16-18.

The Tall Ships Challenge last came to the Great Lakes in 2013.

Ships planning to participate this year include the El Galeon Andalucia, a replica of a galleon that was part of Spain’s West Indies Indies fleet, and the Dragon Harald Fairhar, a replica Viking long ship built in Norway.

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