>Sail Tampa Bay

This morning I went to witness the arrival of 3 tall ships for the Sail Tampa Bay festival. I figured it would be fun and I would get a few good photos. I had no idea how amazing it would be. The amazing part pretty much centered around the first ship to arrive and subject of these photos, the Gloria from Columbia. From afar when looking through my zoom lens I saw that there were men standing on the various crossbars on the masts (not sure what they are really called). I have never seen anything like this before.

As the ship got closer to the dock, they started playing rousing music and the men waved to the crowd. What an arrival. Many people from Columbia were there to greet them. It was such a wonderful thing to witness! And these photos are some of my favorites ever! It was 90 degrees but whenever I get into a groove of shooting at an event like this I tend not to notice it so much.

The other two ships arrived later and were not nearly as entertaining in their arrival. I photographed this one so much I ran out of energy before I could get to the other two, one from USA one from Uraguay. These ships are in town and may be toured through the 14th. I intend to go back in the late afternoon one day for more photos. The riverwalk running from Channelside to the convention center, where I took these photos is really nice.

Okay here is one photo I did get of the American ship shortly after this was taken it turned around and docked itself a few blocks down at Channelside.

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