Tall Ships Chicago to return to Navy Pier

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Sailing takes over Chicago’s Navy Pier in August as modern match racing meets maritime history.

The Chicago Match Cup, a $100,000 sailing competition and the only U.S. stop on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, will set sail Aug. 7-11 alongside the majestic Tall Ships Chicago 2013 Festival, one of Chicago's most popular attractions.

Twelve of the world's best teams will sail against each other in match race sailing, a form of head-to-head combat similar to the America's Cup, just feet from the edge of Navy Pier.

Navy Pier's east end will be transformed to showcase the best of the Chicago Match Cup and the Tall Ships, promising front-row seats, hospitality areas and live commentary to best enjoy the thrills on the water. Within the Festival area, special family-friendly activities, Tall Ships on-board tours and sail-aways, and a fireworks display each evening.

"There will be something for everyone to enjoy during these two premier yachting events, from experiencing America's Cup-style sailing action, to getting on board these classic yachts, and many shore-side activities for the whole family to enjoy," said Tod Reynolds, director of Chicago Match Race Center and producer of the Chicago Match Cup.

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