This Weekend’s Northeast Nautical Happenings

Tall Ship in Mystic CT

There are several nautical events on this weekend’s boating and fishing calendar in New York and New England. So even if you’re not out on the boat this weekend, you’ve got plenty of opportunities to head to the waterfront and celebrate the spirit of boating.

Read on for this week’s nautical event round-up…

This weekend’s boating events are below; and, as always, you are welcome to jump ahead to the Northeast boat show calendar for a quick look at the lineup of boating and fishing events this weekend and beyond.

The America’s Cup World Series continues in Newport through Sunday, July 1st, with plenty of racing action, and lots of crowds and activities to support the International event.

There are lots of tall ships in Bean-town for a combination of celebrations for the 4th of July.  

Boston Harborfest 2012 is a Fourth of July Festival that showcases the colonial and maritime heritage of the cradle of the American Revolution: the historic City of Boston. Over 200 daily events during the Festival are concentrated in Boston’s historic downtown and waterfront districts, with sponsored Main Events on Boston’s City Hall Plaza.

Overlapping Harborfest is the Boston stop of OpSail 2012, located in Boston’s Seaport District from Saturday, June 30th, through Tuesday, July 5th. The international tall ships, active Navy ships, and ships of America’s coalition partners will be on display in Boston and will serve as the centerpiece for the commemoration festivities. The tall ships remind us of the vital role that our own USS Constitution played in The War of 1812, which was the last war fought under sail.

(OpSail moves down to New London, Connecticut, immediately after Boston for its final stop of the year.)

Classic wooden boat showsMystic
If classic boats are your thing, you are covered with the always well-attended WoodenBoat Show at Mystic Seaport in Mystic, CT, which runs this Friday through Sunday, July 1st 2012.

New Yorkers can check out the Fourth Annual North River Historic Ship Festival through Sunday, July 1st. It includes ship tours, river trips, a showboat circus and more. Only a few boats are on display, but they include 100+ year old tugs and barges and lots of learning opportunities and activities.

Links to all the official websites of these events are on the Northeast boat show calendar – make sure you check the sites out before you head out, as event details are always subject to change.