Fleet grows for Ocean State Tall Ships Festival 2012

Come see these amazing ships in Newport, Rhode Island, July 6-9, 2012!

Lynx

Excitement is mounting for the Ocean State Tall Ships® Festival 2012, scheduled for July 6 - 9, 2012, at the waterfront in downtown Newport. There are presently 11 ships scheduled to attend the festival, which is expected to bring thousands of spectators and visitors to Newport, Rhode Island.

As an official host port for the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® series on the Atlantic Coast, the festival promises to be a tremendous economic generator for Newport and the State of Rhode Island. In 2007, when the Tall Ships® last sailed to Newport, an estimated 200,000 attended, delivering an economic impact of over $20 million to the State of Rhode Island.

"We are so excited that many of the nation's premier vessels have signed on to attend the festival this summer," said Erin Donovan, Executive Director of Ocean State Tall Ships Festival 2012. "This event will be enjoyed by people of all ages, and will provide a much needed economic boost to Newport and the state," she concluded.

The immensely popular HMS Bounty, built for the 1962 movie, Mutiny on the Bounty, and most recently featured in the film Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Man's Chest, will take part in the festival. Additionally, the Picton Castle, Mystic Whaler, the Pride of Baltimore II, the Tree of Life, Unicorn, Lynx, Providence, Gazela, the Spirit of Massachusetts and Summerwind are certain to bring inspiration and educational experiences for all ages.

ABOUT OCEAN STATE TALL SHIPS® FESTIVAL 2012

In July of 2012, the pageantry of the tall ships will sail into Newport Harbor once again for the Ocean State Tall Ships® Festival. The scenic and historic waterfront of Newport is the idyllic setting to observe the splendor of the tall ships, and families will delight in the majesty of the Parade of Sail through Newport Harbor. This event will also feature exhibits, food, music and family entertainment. Children especially enjoy boarding these remarkable vessels, and the opportunity to meet international crew members provides all visitors with insight into the many unique cultures that have helped to shape the past and future of sailing.

For more information, contact Erin Donovan at 401.474.7009 EDonovan@OceanStateTallShips.com.