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OpSail - Tall Ship Festival Norfolk VA


OpSail Norfolk VA 2012

OpSail at Norfolk Virginia June 2012

Tall Ships are coming to Norfolk, Virginia! Over 20 ships from countries around the world have been invited to Norfolk’s waterfront for this spectacular event. Operation Sail, Inc. (OpSail) and the U.S. Navy will commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the birth of The Star-Spangled Banner in conjunction with Norfolk’s annual Harborfest.

Wednesday, June 6th - Military Parade of Sails – Navy War Ship / Grey Hulls

Friday, June 8th – Spirit of Norfolk or Victory Rover Parade of Sails Lunch Cruise

Saturday, June 9th thru Sunday June 10th – International Tall Ship Visits, Wisconsin / Nauticus Dinner and Fireworks, Spirit of Norfolk Firework Dinner cruise

First Landing State Park

The seashore at First Landing State Park

I am sharing this information with you so you can get a jump start and book your accommodations at First Landing State Park! This is a one of a kind amazing event you don't want to miss. I took a quick look at the online reservation system for First Landing State Park and saw that there are plenty of cabins and campspots available (at the time of writing this article) for these dates! 

If you would like to volunteer at this event click here

I hope you can to attend these festivities in Norfolk. I cannot even imagine being on the beach at First Landing State Park as these ships roll into the Chesapeake Bay! WOW!

Published: 12/26/2011

Hello, thanks for posting some info on Opsail. I am certainly planning to attend this awesome event and excited to see the tall ships. I am though, very interested in the image you have posted above depicting some period dressed men on the beach with a tall ship anchored in the background and Deltaville's very own shallop "Explorer" being rowed to the shores. In fact, I would like to have this image as I know, very well, the man who built the "Explorer" and have been, on and off, affiliated with the museum that built it. Could you please send me some information as to who I would need to contact to get a large scale image sent possibly to me by email or another means of receiving this image? I would be very greatful. Thanks so much.
- Gabrielle Rogers, 05/10/2012
A large version of this image can be found here -
- Michael Salotti, 05/10/2012
You might be interested in this one as well. There are quite a few pictures in this album. -
- Michael Salotti, 05/10/2012


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