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Nicolet Bank Tall Ship® Parade of Sail Salute

The Nicolet Bank Tall Ship® Parade of Sail Salute is back in Sturgeon Bay! On Monday, July 29th, the ships make their way up the Bay of Green Bay to the channel of Sturgeon Bay. Some ships may arrive in the early afternoon, but most of the ships will participate in the Parade of Sails, which starts off the coast of George Pinney County Park around 4:00pm. Suggested public viewing points for the Parade of Sails are George Pinney County Park, Sunset Park, Potawatomi State Park, and Otumba Park.

One of the most anticipated ships will be the Utopia. With deep Sturgeon Bay roots, this 77 foot schooner was built by the late Fred Peterson of Peterson Builders in 1946. In November of 1956, Peterson set sail on a three-year adventure with his crew. A few of their stopping points included the Canary Islands, Trinidad, and Havana. With over 60,000 miles sailed, the Utopia has traveled all over the world. Fred Peterson’s son, Ellsworth, donated the ship in 2016 to the Inland Seas Education Association in Traverse City, Michigan where it resides today.  

Docking points for the ships will be The Maritime Museum, Sawyer Park, Graham Park, Center Point, and Stone Harbor. Many ships will be offering tours and tickets can be found at TallShipsWisconsin.com.

For people looking for an alternative way to view the ships, Bay Shore Outfitters will be offering special kayak and paddleboard tours that night. Segway The Door will also be offering tours of Downtown Sturgeon Bay with stopping points at all the ships. Sail Sturgeon Bay, Sail Charlie, and Reel Impression Sunset Cruises will all be offering special Tall Ship viewing opportunities.

The Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center will be stationed at Graham Park with Scat’s Got Your Tongue serving beer, wine, and amazing street food starting in the early afternoon.

On Tuesday morning, the ships are expected to depart around 8:00am, but it is suggested that you arrive to your viewing points much earlier. The Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center will be up bright and early to serve you Cherry Mimosas at Graham Park.

For more information on the Tall Ships Salute in Sturgeon Bay, visit our event page at SturgeonBay.net or TallShipsWisconsin.com.