Tall ships to return to Great Lakes in 2016 challenge

A fleet of tall ships will race through the Great Lakes this summer, making stops at ports on both sides of the border.

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At least 20 of the ships will pass through the five lakes from July to September, as part of Tall Ships America's annual challenge. Tall Ships America is a non-profit organization that conducts education and leadership programs on the ships.

The Great Lakes tour will begin in Toronto on July 1, where the ships will remain until July 3. The tour will wrap up in Brockville, a city approximately 85 kilometres northeast of Kingston, on Sept. 18.

In the two-month period, the ships will also stop in Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Races and cruises will be held between the stops.

The Tall Ships Challenge last came to the Great Lakes in 2013. The ships cruised the Atlantic Coast last year, and in 2014, they sailed along the Pacific coast.

The challenge has been an annual event since 2006.


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