Here are some OpSail 2012 Virginia highlights. What amazing weather they had for the Parade of Ships!
Tall ships and small vessels decorate the Elizabeth River in downtown Norfolk during the OpSail 2012 Virginia Parade of Sail. photo: Hyunsoo Leo Kim/The Virginian-Pilot
So many ships! What a glorious sight!
The schooner Virginia unfurls an American flag as the Coast Guard barque Eagle passes during the OpSail 2012 Parade of Sail into downtown Norfolk. photo: Bill Tiernan/The Virginian-Pilot
Fun for kids and grown-ups alike…
Ariana Fray, 4, takes a turn at the wheel of the Cisne Branco of Brazil as crowds toured the various tall ships docked at Town Point Park. Ariana was with her mother Monica Fray from Hampton. photo: Bill Tiernan/The Virginian-Pilot
The Dewaruci crews enthusiasm delights the crowds! The Dewaruci of Indonesia was a big favorite of mine when they were here in New York. They should get some kind of award for “most enthusiastic and festive crew”.
The OpSail 2012 Virginia Parade of Sail passes Fort Monroe in Hampton, heading to downtown Norfolk. photo: Ross Taylor/The Virginian-Pilot
The majesty of the Parade of Sail is always mesmerizing.
The Coast Guard barque Eagle leads the way during the OpSail 2012 Virginia Parade of Sail from Virginia Beach to Norfolk. photo: Steve Earley/The Virginian-Pilot
Lighted ships gleaming under bursts of fireworks. I must admit, I am a bit jealous of the fine weather they enjoyed.
Fireworks over the Elizabeth River dominate the downtown Norfolk skyline for OpSail 2012 Virginia. photo: Vicki Cronis-Nohe/The Virginian-Pilot
Thanks to The Virginian-Pilot for sharing their experience of OpSail 2012 Virginia with us.
As the Tall Ships set sail for OpSail 2012 Baltimore, we wish them Fair Winds and Following Seas!
by Mai Armstrong for Working Harbor Committee