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Baylake Bank Tall Ship Festival 2013Grand Fleet of Ships to Arrive and Dock in Sturgeon Bay August 14th

Sturgeon Bay (June 24, 2013) – The Baylake Bank Tall Ship Festival® is returning to Green Bay, Wisconsin, August 16-18, 2013. As an added community enrichment to its presenting sponsorship, Baylake Bank has requested arrangements for a minimum of nine TALL SHIPS® to muster and navigate into the Sturgeon Bay canal the afternoon of Wednesday, August 14, 2013 between the hours of 3:00 – 6:30 p.m. (timing is approximate and is pending weather and other sailing conditions). While in Sturgeon Bay, the ships will tie up for the evening along the many beautiful public docks and waterfront walkways between the Bay View Bridge and just north of the Michigan Street Bridge where the public is invited to view the ships, take in all that the local business community has to offer, and attend city and county supported events being planned for the late afternoon and evening.

The confirmed ships include:

• The Sorlandet—a majestic Class A square-rigged ship built in Norway in 1927 and at approximately 201 feet is the largest ship at the festival.
• The Appledore IV—is a gaff-rigged schooner of a type typical of those sailed on the Great Lakes to the end of the age of sail.
• The Hindu—this sleek 79-foot tall ship rivals the tall tales of any salty dog.
• The Halie & Matthew-- is a two-masted, Gaff-rigged schooner replicating the design of a 19th century New England fishing schooner.
• Windy—is the first certified four-masted traditional sailing vessel built in the USA since 1921.
• Peacemaker—is owned by the Twelve Tribes, a religious group with 50 or so communities located in North America, South America, Europe and Australia.
• S/V Denis Sullivan— Wisconsin’s flagship S/V Denis Sullivan, which was designed by Sturgeon Bay marine architect Timothy Graul.
• STV Unicorn—sails with the only all-female crewed tall ship in the world with proven on-board leadership and development programs for teenage girls and women.
• Flagship Niagara—an area favorite 98 foot training vessel.

“The Baylake Bank Tall Ship Festival® has become symbolic of our deep commitment to the community, and we are thrilled to once again serve as title sponsor of this event. We are also very excited to help bring this unique preview opportunity to Sturgeon Bay and Door County. Although ships will not be open to board, we encourage the public to welcome the ships from key viewing areas and public walkways as they come into Sturgeon Bay to dock for the evening. With all that our waterfront and Sturgeon Bay has to offer, we hope businesses, community groups, and home owners will embrace this occasion and host or support other planned activities to create even more ways for people to see and enjoy these amazing ships,” commented Sue Anschutz, Baylake Bank SVP Marketing.

According to Sgt. Chad Hougaard of the Sturgeon Bay Police Department, the ships will be escorted by the US Coast Guard and the Sturgeon Bay Police Department Marine Patrol Unit and will come through the channel in groups of three or four and plan to tie up for the evening on both the east and west sides of the bay where the City will accommodate them overnight at various public docks. More information as it relates to marine safety zone details for boaters will be provided at a later date.

A group with representatives from the US Coast Guard, Sturgeon Bay Police, Sturgeon Bay Park and Recreation Department, local businesses and visitor centers, waterfront organizations like D.C. Maritime Museum and others who were involved with the last visit in 2010, have been instrumental community partners again in helping to plan for this upcoming visit and to work with event organizers PMI Entertainment Group Inc. to ensure a safe visit and departure to Green Bay for the festival.

A Sturgeon Bay waterfront map is currently available at the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center and shows the key viewing areas, public docks and walkways in downtown Sturgeon Bay as well as highlights some of the community events currently scheduled for that date in August including extended hours for the Door County Maritime Museum. Trolley services have also been sponsored by the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center and will be downtown to take visitors to the east and west sides of Sturgeon Bay. Businesses or organizations who have questions or wish to become involved can contact Amy DeMeter at the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center by calling (920) 743-6246. In addition, all current information regarding the Baylake Bank Tall Ship Festival®, sailing trips from Sturgeon Bay to Green Bay, and all festival ticket information is available online at

The Door County Advocate is planning to publish a special insert on August 7, 2013 prior to the visit that will include pictures and descriptions of each ship, and provide for advertising opportunities for businesses or other organizations that might be planning special activities related to the visit closer to their arrival.

“There is a lot happening in Door County and Sturgeon Bay in August, and we’re hoping to spread the word early about this unique maritime event to visitors and residents alike,” said Todd Trimberger Executive Director of Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center. "We have a lot to be proud of in our community.”


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