Sails set for Pugwash

Justin Dickie
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Tall ships heading to Harbourfest

Bring on the second annual Pugwash HarbourFest. With the inaugural celebration of the Pugwash harbour a huge success last summer, HarbourFest is back July 27 to 29.

The event will have all kinds of activities, including beach volleyball, raft building and racing, the across the harbour golf challenge, kayak and canoe racing, and a powerboat rally, alon

Sails set for Pugwash

Bring on the second annual Pugwash HarbourFest. With the inaugural celebration of the Pugwash harbour a huge success last summer, HarbourFest is back July 27 to 29.

The event will have all kinds of activities, including beach volleyball, raft building and racing, the across the harbour golf challenge, kayak and canoe racing, and a powerboat rally, along with much more for all ages. A unique draw should be the worlds first lobster races. Lobster races might sound bizarre, but theyre pretty straightforward.

The lobsters are alive. Were going to put them in the tank, and were going to race them, said Bert McWade, head of on land activities. Nobodys done this before in the world.

The biggest attractions for HarbourFest, including this year and last, will be the presence of two tall ships and two navy vessels.

The Pride of Baltimore II and Playfair tall ships will make their way into Pugwash from the Nova Scotia Tall Ships Festival in Halifax. HMCS Kingston and HMCS Glace Bay will also stop in at the harbour for public tours.

The time prior to steam engines, or vessels driven by coal, diesel fuel, or whatever, everything was done by sail. This is a nostalgic hang-on from a period for hundreds of years when we moved around the planet by wind power, said Bill Kempt, founder of HarbourFest and this years head of water activities, in reference to the tall ships.

The Pride of Baltimore will arrive on the evening of Thursday July 26 before leaving the harbour Friday morning around 8 a.m. with 37 passengers en route to Summerside. The Playfair, a sail training vessel for young adults, will be in that Sunday to take 30 people on a sunset cruise.

The Playfairs really interesting because shes really a sail training vessel for young adults, Kempt said. The crew that brought her down here are all teenagers.

To sign up for the Pride of Baltimore cruise, contact Bill Church at 243-3091. For the Playfair cruise, call Kempt at 243-3456.

HarbourFest officially gets underway Friday July 27 at 8 a.m.

jdickie@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Bill Church

Geographic location: Pugwash, Baltimore, Nova Scotia Halifax HMCS Glace Bay Summerside

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