Tall Ships looking for volunteers

Published on February 22, 2012
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It may seem a little early, but a call for volunteers for this summer’s visit of the tall ships is going out this month.

Waterfront Development, host of Tall Ships Nova Scotia 2012, is looking for 400 volunteers to act as ambassadors of the city and province during the event in July 19–29.

The Tall Ships Nova Scotia event is the last race port of the Tall Ships America Race, Tall Ships Challenge – Atlantic Coast. The race series will begin in Savannah, Georgia in May, the ships will the race to Greenport, New York, and Newport, Rhode Island, before racing to Halifax.

Volunteers will be able to sign up for positions at each of the participating Nova Scotia ports, including Shelburne. The positions will include shifts in transportation, crew and cultural services, and event site volunteers. Volunteers can register online by visiting www.my-waterfront.ca .

Locally, volunteers can also sign on through the Town of Shelburne’s Economic Development Department.

Tall Ships Nova Scotia will take place in Halifax July 19 – 23, and following the Parade of Sail, the fleet will split and half of the ships will sail to Lunenburg July 25 and 26 and Shelburne July 28 and 29, and the other half will sail to Port Hawkesbury July 25 and 26, Pictou July 28 and 29, and Pugwash July 28 and 29.

The event is expected to showcase the best of Nova Scotia through film, art, music, food and history. Historical animation and programming will involve a commemoration of the bicentennial of the War of 1812 including dressing the ships to look like period ships, re-enactments and encampments.