Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Tall Ships Regatta

An exciting transatlantic race of 7,000 nautical miles taking place over the course of five months in six countries. At their arrival in the Gulf of St Lawrence, the Tall Ships will start the Guest Port Program portion of their trip and will stop in more than 35 Canadian ports.

The Tall Ships Regatta comprises five legs of varying lengths and degrees of difficulty. For each leg, there is a main point where thousands of visitors can take part in the many activities organized for the event. Meet the Tall Ships taking part in RDV2017 Class A, B, and C ships as well as ships from participating national navies will be in port.

Class A

All square rigged vessels, with sails at right angles to their length, as well as other vessels longer than 40 m.

The Empire Sandy was laid down in the shipyard of Clelands (Successors), Willington Quay-on-Tyne England on Dec 22, 1942. She was built as an Englishman/Larch class Deep Sea Tug with the added provision for mounting two Hotchkiss Anti-Aircraft guns. She was completed and went into service on July 14, 1943. 

Her first voyage commenced July 30th sailing in convoy to Iceland. Voyages were usually done in convoys for protection against the German U-Boats. The Empire Sandy sailed in a total of sixteen convoys to her destinations, the exception being the voyage to Sierra Leone in Dec 1944 where she traveled ‘Independently’.

She served in the North Atlantic from Iceland to Sierra Leone, the Mediterranean Sea, Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean.

Class: A

Nationality: Canada
Length: 61.89 m
Height: 35.36 m
Rig: Topsail Schooner 3
Year Built: 1943
Home Port: Thunder Bay, Ontario
Official Website: Empire Sandy

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