For five days during the Summer of 2017, over 50 Tall Ships from around the world will sail and dock in Boston Harbor, said Mayor Martin Walsh at a press conference on Thursday at Rowes Wharf. Boston will be the only U.S. stop for the ships in a visit organized by Sail Training International.
Mayor Walsh cited over $120 million in economic benefit to the city from when the last full contingent of Tall Ships visited Boston in 2000. A lesser number of ships (~15) came through the harbor in 2009. Concerns and costs regarding security have previously made officials wary of the event but Walsh said the city will absorb those costs for the greater benefit. The 2017 event is being branded “Tall Ships Regatta.”