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Sail 2000TM s we are a natio n fo unded from the sea, the US cele bra ti on of the new millennium will center on Opera ti o n S a il 200 0 ... Op Sa il was fo unded through the vision of Pres ident John F. Kennedy in 196 1. S ince then, fo ur OpS ail Parades of Sai I have brought tens of million s of spectators to ew York Harbor and the other US OpSail ports, and have focused the attenti on o f the wo rld on mankind 's maritime heri tage and the vital role of sa il training today. To cele brate the year 2000, Operation Sail has been charged with an expanded mi ss io n by Con g ress and Pres ide nt Clinton. As noted on the fac ing page, Joint Resolution SJ64, unanimously approved by the Senate and the House of Representati ves, resolves that Operati on Above, the US Coast Guard Sail "continue into the next millennium bark Eagle will serve as the to represent and promote the United States fla gship of Operation Sail of America in the internati onal tall ship as well as the f lagship of l.----"'.~;--;;;;-¡ community, and to continue organi zing th e US fo r OpSail 2000. and partic ipating in tall ship events across (Photo: US Coast Guard the United States and around the wo rld ." Academy) Aboard the Eagle in 1992 , OpSail trustee To fulfil thi s mi ss ion, OpSail pl ans Wa lter Cronkite joined two sailing events in six East Coast ports students who sailed in the followin g a tran sAtlanti c voyage from US f lagship as win ners of a Agadir, M orocco , to San Juan , Puerto New York State!NMHSRico, where the international fl eet will sponsored essay contest. be welcomed by the US Coast Gu ard bark Eagle, fl ags hip of OpSail and the US. In San Juan, ships from Europe , South Ame rica, North Ameri ca and the Pac ific will gather in May fo r the opening festi vities of OpSa il 2000 and Pue rto Rico Regatta 2000. from the shore. Preside nt C l in ton and fo re ign di gnitari es will OpSail events will take place in the fo llow ing Offic ial Ports, pres ide over an Internati onal Nava l Rev iew from a US Navy aircraft carrier. plus one more, ye t to be announced : Leadin g up to 2000 the re wiII be a va ri ety of events and projects in Was hingto n DC and the Offi c ial Ports. In Febru Apri l 26-30 Agadir, Morocco ary 1998 a Ta ll Ships Sympos ium will bring together d ip loM ay 25-29 San Juan, Puerto Rico June 7- 10 mats, government offic ia ls, and ship capta ins and o perato rs Mi ami , Fl orida in Was hington DC to address OpSa il pl ans including ma ri June 16-20 Norfo lk, Virgini a time law , safety, the e nviro nme nt and educati onal program s. June 23-27 Baltimore, Mary land Ope rati on Sail 2000 is es tabli shing a wide va riety of Phil ade lphi a, Penn sy lvani a June 23-27 partnerships in pre para ti on fo r the ce le bra ti on. The White Jul y 3-9 New York , Ne w York House, the Coas t Guard and the Navy are wo rking close ly On Jul y 4th , fo r the nati o n 's Inde pendence Day ce le bra tio ns, with OpSa il , and the Nati ona l Maritime Hi stori cal Soc iety is the US Coast G uard bark Eagle will sa il th ro ugh New York producing an educati onal joint venture chaired by Wa lte r Harbor leading a fl eet ex pected to inc lude 300 tall ships with C ron kite, who is Honora ry Chairman of Operati o n Sa il as over 6,000 yo ung men and wome n in crew. Milli o ns of well as an O verseer of NMH S. We will kee p yo u upd ated on people will watch from mo re th an 30 ,000 spectato r boats and OpSa il 2000 plans th ro ugh the pages of Sea History.

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C HAR LES A. ROBERTSON, Chairm an Operati on Sa il

Contact Operation Sa il at 1333 New Hampshire Avenue,NW ,Suite 700, Washington DC 20036 ; 202 862 -2484 ; www.opsail.org. SEA HISTORY 8 1, SPRI NG/S UMMER 1997

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