Michigan Schooner Festival – September 9-11, 2011

The WelcomeThe third annual Michigan Schooner Festival sets sail September 9-11, 2011 on West Bay in Traverse City at Open Space Park and Clinch Park Marina. The festival will feature eight tall ships including the Appledore V, Madeline, Welcome, Manitou, Pier Wisconsin’s S/V Denis Sullivan and Leelanau’s own schooner Inland Seas aka the Great Lakes Schoolship.

It kicks off Friday night (September 9) with the Grand Parade of Sail as the eight vessels sail down West Grand Traverse Bay together and dock at Clinch Marina. Other weekend highlights include ship tours, wine & beer tastings, food, entertainment, the Ring of Steel pirate reenactment troupe, artist vendors, kids games, and ticketed sailings aboard the schooners.

Read more from the Grand Traverse Insider and check out some footage from last year in the video below!

Photo credit: The Welcome by ETCphoto