It came to us in 2000, just in time for the Millennium Trans Atlantic Training Ship Race from North America to Europe.
It has helped win dozens of races as far spread as Europe, the East Coast, the Great Lakes, and Bermuda.
It has sailed to Europe and back… twice.
It has inspired US veterans, cancer patients and thousands of elementary students.
It has helped water taxi some of Baltimore’s finest, including Governor O’Malley, Senator Mikulski, and the Baltimore Bullet, Michael Phelps.
It has sailed over 120 thousand nautical miles in 13 sailing seasons.
It has been as far east as Sweden, as far West as Duluth, Minnesota, as far south as the Dry Tortugas and as far north as the Orkney Islands north of Scotland.
It has paid visits to Ireland, Great Britain, France, Holland, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Portugal, Spain, and the Canary Islands, in addition to every state bordering the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic and the Great Lakes.
It has sailed through the terms of Bill Clinton, George Bush and Barack Obama.
It was sailing before crew members could snap photos with their smart phones, and instantaneously upload them to Facebook.
It has survived hurricane force, 60 mile an hour winds.
It has survived the total dismasting of the ship in 2005.
It is most likely to be set first.
It is most likely to be struck last.
It is the most used sail in the entire inventory of our ship.
It is our loose-footed gaff-foresail…. and it’s ready to retire.
Come hear some of Pride’s salty sailing tales, meet our crew, and help celebrate the life of our hard working foresail!
Pride II will be docked outside of the building and illuminated in twinkling lights. She’ll be visible through the amazing glass walls of Thames Street Wharf. Guests will enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres by local restaurant sponsors (Atwaters, Chesapeake Wine Company, Sofi’s Crepes, The Center Club, Stratford University and Waterfront Kitchen), an open bar and entertainment provided by ONE ROCK Studio.
Business/cocktail attire suggested.
Tickets are $75 each and can be purchased at www.pride2.org.