With OpSail 2012 and Fleet Week just around the corner, here are some of the many events scheduled for May 22 – 30, 2012.

Tuesday, 22 May
6:15 PM – Working Harbor Committee Hidden Harbor OpSail 2012 Preview Tour – see tall ships close-up at anchorage outside NY harbor. Departs from South Street Seaport.

USCG Eagle. photo OpSail 2012

Wednesday, 23 May
8 AM – Parade of Sail begins with the first tall ships sail under the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to George Washington Bridge. Fireboat John J. Harvey leads Parade of Sail, and the Juan Sebastian De Elcano of Spain, third-largest tall ship in the world, leads the 17 Tall Ships.

10:30 AM – Military Parade of Ships begins under the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, with USCGC Eagle leading the military ships.

11 AM – Working Harbor Committee OpSail 2012 Parade of Sail Tour, narrated by maritime historian Norman J. Brouwer. Brunch Cruise departs from South Street Seaport.

11 AM – Parade of Sail ships reach George Washington Bridge and begin turn-around.

12 PM – Northbound Warships pass Southbound Tall Ships near Pier 86, Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum while Blue Angels fly over.

2-4 PM – Ships moor at assigned berths in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island.

OpSailCT 2000. photo OpSail 2012 CT

Thursday, 24 May
9 AM-5 PM – Staten Island ships open for public visiting (Stapleton Pier)

11 AM-3 PM – Manhattan ships open for public visiting (Piers 86 and 90 between West 46th and West 50th Street).

1 PM – Ecuadorian tall ship Guayas commemorates Batalla de Pichincha holiday with remarks by Ambassador at Pier 86

Friday, 25 May
9 AM-5 PM – Staten Island ships open for public (Stapleton Pier)

11 AM-3 PM – Manhattan ships open for public visiting (Piers 86 and 90 between West 46th and West 50th Street).

9 AM-6 PM – Military Day in Times Square (military bands, displays)

Sea and Air Parade of Sail: a new event for OpSail 2012 Virginia. photo:FestEvents

Saturday, 26 May
9 AM-7 PM – Ships open for public visiting (Manhattan)

9 AM-4 PM – Ships open for public visiting (Brooklyn)

9 AM-5 PM – Ships open for public visiting (Stapleton Pier, Staten Island)

10 AM-3 PM – Blue Angels perform at Jones Beach

10:30 AM-12 PM – Intrepid Tug-of-War Competition (team from each ship)

7 PM-9 PM– Sunset Parade (Stapleton Pier, Staten Island)

Blue Angels. photo: U.S. Navy

Sunday, 27 May
9 AM-7 PM – Ships open for public visiting (Manhattan)

9 AM-4 PM – Ships open for public visiting (Brooklyn)

9 AM-5 PM – Ships open for public visiting (Stapleton Pier, Staten Island)

10 AM-3 PM – Staten Island War of 1812 Commemoration Event @ Ft. Wadsworth

10 AM-3 PM – Blue Angels perform at Jones Beach

12 PM – USCG Search & Rescue Demonstration (Pier 86, Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum)

2 PM – Military Bands in Times Square

7 PM – Sunset Parade (USS WASP, in Manhattan)

DCV Hayward Unloads After Day on the Harbor. photo: Chris Gardner, New York District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Memorial Day Monday, 28 May
9 AM-7 PM – Ships open for public visiting (Manhattan)

9 AM-4 PM – Ships open for public visiting (Brooklyn)

9 AM-5 PM – Ships open for public visiting (Stapleton Pier, Staten Island)

10:30 AM-4 PM – The 124-foot US Army Corps of Engineers Hayward will be open for public visitation near the Intrepid.

11 AM – Intrepid Memorial Commemoration (Flyover @ 11:40AM)

11:30 AM – Memorial Day Ceremony @ Intrepid

photo: Fleet Week NY

Tuesday, 29 May
12 PM-5 PM – Ships open for public visiting (Manhattan)

9 AM-5 PM – Ships open for public visiting (Stapleton Pier, Staten Island)

Wednesday, 30 May
Ships Depart New York Harbor

Guayas gets underway from New Orleans April 23. photo: OpSail 2012

Where to see the Tall Ships and the Military Ships

Manhattan
Pier 86 – Intrepid Museum Complex (West 46th Street at 12th Avenue, Manhattan, map)

Tall Ship Gloria of Colombia
Tall Ship Guayas of Ecuador

Pier 90 and 92 – West 52 (West 54 Streets at 12th Avenue, Manhattan, map)

Tall Ship Eagle of United States
Lead U.S. Navy Ship (LPD)
U.S. Navy Guided Missile Destroyer

Brooklyn
Port Authority Piers 7 And 8 (90 Columbia Street, Brooklyn, map)

Tall Ship Juan Sebastian De Elcano of Spain
Tall Ship Cuauhtemoc of Mexico
Tall Ship Etoile of France
Tall Ship La Belle Poule of France

HMCS Iroquis of Canada
JS Shirane of Japan
FNS Pohjanmaa of Finland
RFA Argus of Great Britain

Staten Island
The Sullivans Pier (Stapleton Pier, Staten Island; 2 stops on the SIRR from St. George’s Ferry Terminal)

Tall Ship Dewaruci of Indonesia
Tall Ship Cisne Branco of Brazil

U.S. Navy Guided Missile Destroyer (3)
U.S. Navy Guided Missile Cruiser

by Mai Armstrong for Working Harbor Committee

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