Americas' Sail 2002 Comes to Jamaica in June.Sports Editors/Writers & Columnists
NEW YORK--(BW SportsWire)--April 11, 2002
The Western Hemisphere's most spectacular tall ship event, Americas' Sail, arrives in Jamaica, West Indies West Indies, archipelago, between North and South America, curving c.2,500 mi (4,020 km) from Florida to the coast of Venezuela and separating the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico from the Atlantic Ocean. , with Class "A" vessels from as far away as Romania and the Ukraine making their way from Curacao in the Netherland Antilles to Montego Bay Montego Bay (mŏntē`gō), city (1991 pop. 82,002), NW Jamaica. One of the most popular resorts in the Caribbean with highly developed tourism facilities, Montego Bay is also a port and commercial center. , Jamaica. The ships depart Curacao on June 10th, arriving on Friday June 14th, entering Montego Bay harbor in a grand Parade of Sail on Saturday, June 15th.
Class "B" entries - four of them from the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. - arrive at Port Antonio Port Antonio is the capital of the parish of Portland on the northeastern coast of Jamaica, about 100 km from Kingston. It had a population of 12,285 in 1982 and 13,246 in 1991. , Jamaica on Friday, June 14th, before racing on to Montego Bay where they join the tall ships on Sunday, June 16th. The weekend schedule is packed with activities for boaters and the general public, from marching bands and cultural performances to a Black Tie Gala and public tours of the tall ships.
Americas' Sail 2002 in Jamaica marks the first time in the history of the event that two different ports of call in the same country are part of the race itinerary. And Jamaica is pulling out all stops in preparation.
The Jamaica leg of the race culminates on Monday, June 17th with public viewings, ship tours and a grand finale fireworks fireworks: see pyrotechnics.
Explosives or combustibles used for display. Of ancient Chinese origin, fireworks evidently developed out of military rockets and explosive missiles and accompanied the spread of military explosives westward to display in the evening, all open to the public at no charge.
Conceived originally in 1986 as The Four Sisters Project (referring to the four sister ships, Gloria, Guayas, Cuauhtemoc, and Simon Bolivar), by Frank O. Braynard, who was one of the Founders of Operation Sail Operation Sail refers to a series of sailing events held to celebrate special occasions and features sailing vessels from around the world. Each event is coordinated by Operation Sail, Inc., a non-profit organization established in 1961 by President John F. , the idea for Americas' Sail was to initiate regularly scheduled international tall ship races in the Western Hemisphere Western Hemisphere
Part of Earth comprising North and South America and the surrounding waters. Longitudes 20° W and 160° E are often considered its boundaries. . Braynard was soon joined by Long Island sculptor Anthony Fabbricante, who created the gold Americas' Sail trophy; his wife Dulcie, and Reverend William Wendler. The four celebrated the inaugural Americas' Sail event in 1995 with 23 ships competing on the U.S. Eastern Seaboard, visiting ports from Norfolk to New Haven New Haven, city (1990 pop. 130,474), New Haven co., S Conn., a port of entry where the Quinnipiac and other small rivers enter Long Island Sound; inc. 1784. Firearms and ammunition, clocks and watches, tools, rubber and paper products, and textiles are among the many , where the Parade of Tall Ships became a highlight of the 1995 Special Olympics Special Olympics
International sports program for people with intellectual disability. It provides year-round training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type summer and winter sports for participants. . The first Americas' Sail trophy was presented there to the Simon Bolivar of Venezuela, and has since traveled with her on all her voyages. The renowned 270-foot Bolivar is entered into the 2002 race and will be available for public tours in Jamaica.
The second Americas' Sail race took place in 1998, visiting Savannah, Georgia, Greenport and Glen Cove, New York Glen Cove is a city in Nassau County, New York on the North Shore of Long Island. As of the United States 2000 Census, the city population was 26,622. Part of the early 20th century Gold Coast of the North Shore, Glen Cove has a diverse population. , with the Class A Gold trophy going to Argentina's frigate frigate (frĭg`ĭt), originally a long, narrow nautical vessel used on the Mediterranean, propelled by either oars or sail or both. Later, during the 18th and early 19th cent. , Libertad. It is expected that the Argentine Navy ship will defend its trophy in the 2002 race.
In Montego Bay, or "the gulf of good weather" as Christopher Columbus called it, the "Festival of Sail" event includes, among other activities, a ship-side welcome, marching bands, cultural shows, and a carnival on the cruise ship pier.
On Sunday, June 16th there are public viewings and ships tours scheduled, a regatta organized by the Montego Bay yacht club, church services and a black tie Captain's Ball that is open to a limited number of public guests for a fee. The Festival culminates with a spectacular fireworks display on Monday night, June 17th at 8:00 pm.
The "Class B" race arrives into the magnificent twin ports of Port Antonio, long Jamaica's renowned playground of the rich and famous, on Friday, June 14, with an official welcome at the town square and a Grand Street Festival.
In preparation, the new Port Antonio Marina boasts a 32-ship mega yacht harbor facility that is just receiving finishing touches to be ready in time for the tall ship event.
Boaters and the general public will be treated to ship tours and a beach party at Frenchman's Cove resort. The Wolf, one of the Class "B" Ships competing in the race from Port Antonio to Ocho Rios will in fact be a focal point focal point
See focus. in Port Antonio, as its Captain, Finbar, is a frequent visitor to Jamaica, particularly to the Port Antonio area.
Back in 1988, after the devastation caused by Hurricane Gilbert, Captain Finbar loaded his ship with supplies, sailed to Port Antonio and distributed them to victims of the hurricane. When he heard about America's Sail and the opportunity it presented, he was immediately interested. He designed, built and will be at the helm of The Wolf for Americas Sail 2002. And during his time in port at Port Antonio, he is offering the vessel for children to tour while they are in port.
On Sunday, June 16, the Class "B" vessel race from Port Antonio to Ocho Rios begins, and then moves on from Ocho Rios to St. Petersburg, Florida St. Petersburg (often shortened to St. Pete) is a city in Pinellas County, Florida, United States. The city is known as a vacation destination for North American and European vacationers, as well as a politically important battleground in U.S. Presidential politics. , the trophy port, arriving Wednesday, June 26th.
For additional information or for the complete schedule of events, visit the Americas' Sail Jamaica Website at www.americassail-jamaica.com or the Jamaica Tourist Board's website at www.jamaicatravel.com.
Air Jamaica Vacations and Jamaica Vacations, Ltd. are offering special three, four, six and seven night air and land packages at select hotels (EP and all-inclusive) starting at $599 (per person/double occupancy).
To book a vacation package for the Americas' Sail 2002 event, call Air Jamaica Vacations at 800-622-3009 (www.airjamaicavacations.com) or Jamaica Vacations, Ltd. at 1-800-JAMAICA (www.1-800-JAMAICA.com).