Great Lakes United Tall Ships Challenge® 2010
In 2010 Tall Ships America partnered with GREAT LAKES UNITED to bring a fleet of international tall ships to the Great Lakes, the world’s largest body of fresh surface water. As part of the Great Lakes United TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® 2010 race serie, the tall ships raced through all five Great Lakes making port appearances in cities throughout the US and Canada. Two important initiatives sailed along with the tall ships fleet: water conservation education and youth sail training! (What is sail training? click here to learn more!)
The parnership between Tall Ships America and Great Lakes United was fitting. While Tall Ships America trains young sailors in the tradition of a rich sailing history, Great Lakes United presses the importance of protecting the waters that these ships, sailors and 40 million people depend on.
The Great Lakes are a fragile ecosystem. Despite their immensity, they are especially vulnerable to degredation. Tall ships represent one of the most sustainable forms of transportation, making this one of the most environmentally friendly races on the planet.
Across six ports, the Great Lakes United TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® 2010 carried the message of freshwater conservation in celebration of waters worth protecting.
For over 27 years, Great Lakes United has been a unifying voice for ensuring a healthy
and vibrant future for the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River ecosystem. A diverse coalition of organizations and individuals, Great Lakes United is comprised of citizens, environmentalists,
conservationists, labour unions, First Nations, tribes, hunters, anglers, academics, and
progressive businesses working together to clean up toxic pollution, stop invasive species,
and protect the waters of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River from damage and irresponsible use. Thousands of voices are calling for a healthier Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River and Great Lakes United continues to be the coalition through which these voices are heard.
Tall Ships America is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization focused on youth education, leadership development and the preservation of the maritime heritage of North America. The mission of Tall Ships America is to encourage character building through sail training, promote sail training to the North American public, and support education under sail.