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Tallship Festival returns to Blockville

After the pandemic, the Tallship Festival is back in Blockville this weekend. Organizers believe this could be the busiest festival ever.

Onlookers have already seen ships that tell the story of the past.

"Actually, her daughter and son-in-law are visiting from Vietnam," said Elizabeth Coleman, a resident of Blockville, when her family brought the mast. Told.

For another couple, the sailboat is part of their second honeymoon.

"It's very new because we're from Pakistan so we don't board old boats. There's no such culture there. Learning about history is really fascinating." Said Nabeel Ehmed.

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Organizers, based on pre-sales, this is the most Still states that it could be a sailing ship festival in which people participate.

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"We have already sold over 5000 deck tour passports, and it was blue here 3 years ago. It's more than double what we sold when we had the nose, "said Brian Barnes, chairman of Tall Ship.

One of the festival's new ships is Mimi Jane. Owner Murielle Ovenden says she spent 17 years building a ship from her hometown of France.

"I'm originally from Brittany and these boats are mainly used for tuna fishing," said Ovenden.

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The Spanish ship NAO Trinidad sails from Italy. In the 15th century, it was the type of ship used to carry and explore cargo.

"The NAO Santa Maria was the flagship of the Columbus and Magellan expedition," said Angel Rosa of the NAO Trinidad.

New to this year's festival is live music featuring Sean McCann from former Canadian band Great Big Sea.

The Sailing Festival is held on weekends and ends at 5 pm on Sundays.

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