Tall ship racing circuit moves on to new port

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Having departed a huge public maritime festival Monday in Savannah, Ga., seven tall ships made it this week to Cape Fear, N.C., completing the first leg of Tall Ships America’s 2012 Tall Ships Challenge.

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Three of those ships will continue on to join four others in Greenport, N.Y., approximately 500 nautical miles away and preparing to host its own maritime festival during the Memorial Day weekend.

The festivals, coordinated by Tall Ships America with the help of local organizers, are part of a series of four to visit the Eastern Seaboard (Newport, R.I. and Halifax, Nova Scotia are next up for July), and all participating tall ships have the option of competing in corresponding port-to-port races as they sail to each venue.

Click here for a list of participating tall ships.