Tall Ships sail into Tacoma
They really are wonderful, even if the parade of sail starts to seem like a living museum drifting by. Coast guard boats and helicopters keep up a kinetic pace, even if the sailing ships are cruising under power at about four knots. Their crews keep their sails unfurled so they can drift in beauty into Foss Waterway.
Not many things can lure me into a crowd. Somehow, I managed to stand on concrete, sit on a backless wooden table, and sit on a wake-jostled wooden pier for five hours. I was very excited to see the tall ships under sail, even if they were “sailing” under power. Their jibs look more like wings than the wings of airplanes.
The Tall Ships parade of sail is the best thing that happens in Tacoma. They last came in 2005, and I didn’t go to see them sail in; I saw them docked later in the evening, their sails furled. How much more dramatic it is to see them under sail, and shooting cannons at us, as well.
I wanted especially to see Amazing Grace, and I saw her. Happily, she was ninth in the parade of 29, and cruised by while my camera still had vital batteries.