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What is the tall ships schedule for 2014?

- Lorraine, Columbus, Wis.

The tall ships from the East Coast and Europe won't be returning in 2014 and is not likely to return until 2016 at best, though individual ports may invite a few ships on their own.

In 2014, the Tall Ships Challenge is on the California coast. A collection of schooners as well as a battleship, submarines, a steam ferry and a fireboat will appear in Los Angeles Aug. 20-24, San Diego Aug. 29-Sept. 1 and Dana Point Sept. 5-7.

To get advance notice of coming tall-ships festivals, follow Tall Ships America, a non-profit sail-training organization, on Facebook.

In the Great Lakes, two replicas of Portuguese caravels will make several appearances on Lake Michigan in late August, which will be a good time to make a Circle Tour of Lake Michigan.

The 65-foot Niņa, a replica of the ship Columbus sailed to the New World, and its sister ship, the 85-foot Pinta, will be in Frankfort, Mich., Aug. 21-25; in Muskegon, Mich., Aug. 27-Sept. 1; and in Michigan City, Ind.,  Sept. 3-7.

They're operated by the Columbus Foundation of the British Virgin Islands. They visit not just the Great Lakes, but rivers, too.

And remember, quite a few schooners call Lake Michigan home, and you can sail on them whenever they're in port.

They include the Denis Sullivan in Milwaukee, the Edith M. Becker in Sister Bay, the Coaster II in Marquette, the Windy in Chicago, the Friends Good Will in South Haven and the Madeline in Traverse City.

In addition, many of these ships travel around the Great Lakes to appear at maritime festivals.

For more, see Following the tall ships.

If you're hooked on the tall ships and just have to see them in 2014, head for Bergen, Norway. On July 24-27, they'll host 70 to 100 sailing sails during the Tall Ship Races.

Last updated on July 9, 2014