2nd Annual Classic Boat and Schooner Rendezvous Sets Sail in Bayfield

The Bayfield tall ships festival is Sept. 6-8.

BAYFIELD, Wis.- Year two of the Bayfield tall ships festival is about more than just getting people out on the water. It’s a time to teach and tell them just how much maritime history comes from this area

They call it the classic boat and schooner rendezvous.

Last year’s inaugural festival brought in thousands to see boats and also to see everything the nearby museums, coast guard and fishing houses had to offer.

This year’s festival has all that plus the first ever pirates ball, a fundraiser to get kids sailing lessons and opportunities to get out on the lake.

“There are lots of kids in this area who don’t get the chance to go out on the water, even though they live right on lake superior. So we want to get them out there, show them what it’s about and give them a chance to see Bayfield and the area around then from the water. It changes your whole perspective on life, I think,” Bayfield mayor and Lake Superior Tall Ships executive director Gordon Ringberg said.

There’s also a lot to learn at the festival. People can take a ride on classic ships like the Manatou. It’s an all wooden ship built in 1968. Manatou’s captain says the boat’s been on Lake Superior its entire life.

“Well it’s part of our history. It’s part of our history of the whole world and how we spread out across the planet for thousands of years on wooden ships,” Capt. Robert Bloecher said.

The Manatou and Abbey Road are just two of over a dozen unique ships people can set foot aboard during the event.

The lake superior tall ships festival continues throughout the weekend.

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