Brian J. Hallenbeck
New London -- Five more ships have committed to participate in OpSail2012 Connecticut, the tall ships festival scheduled July 6-9, organizers have announced.
The latest ships to commit are: Amistad of Mystic, Ticonderoga of Greenwich, Tyrone of Chatham, Mass., New Horizons of Boston and the sea scallop harvester Regulus of Stonington.
Led by the U.S. Coast Guard barque Eagle, OpSail2012 will take place in New London Harbor and feature a parade of domestic and international tall ships, including Brazil's Cisne Branco, the schooner Wolf from Key West, Fla., the schooner Meerwald from Jersey City, N.J., Appledore V from Bay City, Mich., Spirit from Essex, and Brilliant and Argia, both from Mystic.
U.S. Navy vessels and additional Coast Guard vessels participating in the event will be announced in the coming weeks.
The weekend celebration in New London is part of a national commemoration of the War of 1812's 200th anniversary. It has been organized by OpSail International in cooperation with the U.S. Navy.
OpSail2012 CT will take place alongside New London's SailFest.