Baylake Bank Tall Ship Parade of Sail Includes Breakfast with a Bang

August 6, 2010 - The Baylake Bank Parade of Sail taking place in Sturgeon Bay the morning of Thursday, August 12th, will be the kick-off for the Baylake Bank Tall Ship Festival in Green Bay, which runs August 13-15. Highlights of the Parade of Sail feature rain or shine activities at Great Lakes Yacht Services including a pancake & porky breakfast from non-profit group P.A.T.H. (Promoting Access To Help Families with Special Needs); a performance by the Sturgeon Bay High School Band; featured speakers Tim Graul and Mark Pudlo, designer and engineer of the S/V Sullivan; and cannon fire coordinated along the bay to salute the tall ships as they motor through the channel.

Foreign ships slated to participate in the parade are the Roald Amundsen from Germany and Europa from the Netherlands. In addition the Lynx, Appledore IV, Friends Good Will, Unicorn, Wisconsin's flagship S/V Denis Sullivan, Pride of Baltimore, Roseway, Royaliste and movie favorite H.M.S. Bounty are expected to participate in the parade. Each ship will be saluted by cannons located at Great Lakes Yacht Services and the Door County Maritime Museum, as well as reports from Bay Shipbuilding.

Spectators are invited to line the shores of the Sturgeon Bay shipping channel so that as the ships travel through, the crowd can cheer them on and provide the captains and crew with a hearty welcome to the community. The 12 tall ships will be escorted by United States Coast Guard and Sturgeon Bay Police Department boats, and will come through in groups of about four as they travel toward Green Bay from Lake Michigan.

Great Lakes Yacht Services will be open to the public at no charge with activities there beginning with the PATH breakfast ($5 per person) from 7am-10am or till supplies run out, Tim Graul along with Sullivan engineer Mark Pudlo speaking at 8:30, and SBHS band at 8:45. The Denis Sullivan will serve as a backdrop while she is docked at GLYS for a portion of the morning as paid trainees are boarding to sail to Green Bay.

Other prime viewing spots will include Sawyer Park where the tall ship Roseway will briefly dock for trainee boarding; and Graham Park, where a representative of the Crossroads at Big Creek Historical Village will portray Sturgeon Bay Mayor Edward Minor, who served as mayor first in 1893 and again in 1918, and who was the only Door County person ever elected to the United States Congress. The tall ships Friends Good Will and Appledore IV will also dock briefly at Graham Park.

Spectators should bring a lawn chair for dockside viewing; handicap accessible viewing is available at Great Lakes Yacht Services. Parking is available in the southern most parking lot of Sawyer Park (off Redwood Street at Maple), Market Square (off 4th Ave & Michigan), and the parking ramp at 1st Avenue & Kentucky, across from Stone Harbor Resort. Bridge lift times will be similar to that of typical commercial boat traffic, but commuters may want to leave extra drive time in case of a wait. Mariners are advised to maintain a 100 yard distance from all tall ships, as required by the Coast Guard; safety zone details will be posted at Sturgeon Bay boat launches:  Public Notice of Safety Zone*.

Equal Housing Lender.  Member FDICBaylake Bank is committed to serving its communities, and was also the title sponsor of the Baylake Bank Tall Ship Festival and sail-through Sturgeon Bay in 2006. The bank serves its Wisconsin communities from financial centers in Brown, Door, Green Lake, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Outagamie, Waupaca, and Waushara counties and from its website at For more information call (920) 743-5551 or 1-800-267-3610. For more about the Baylake Bank Tall Ship Festival including the Parade of Sail, visit*

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