The Tall Ships Are Coming!

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The Tall Ships Are Coming!
“WRAL Parade of Sail” Highlights Historic North Carolina Maritime Event
Station Will Also Produce Half-Hour Special and In-depth Coverage on

WRAL Tall Ships coverage
WRAL-TV will carry a broad variety of coverage of the Tall Ships festival on the NC coast on the first weekend in July.

On June 19, 2006, Capitol Broadcasting Co. and WRAL-TV announced a wide range of coverage plans for the upcoming gathering of “Tall Ships” on the North Carolina coast. In late June, fourteen majestic sailing ships from around the world will make port in Beaufort as part of one of North Carolina’s largest maritime events — “ Americas’ Sail 2006.” 

Headlining WRAL’s coverage is a special live presentation of the “WRAL Parade of Sail” on the morning of Saturday, July 1st.  WRAL anchors Debra Morgan, Bill Leslie, and David Crabtree will host the two-hour parade coverage live from Radio Island and Beaufort, bringing viewers stunning high definition (HDTV) views of the magnificent vessels from coastal vantage points, SKY5, and from cameras in chase boats.  A nautical expert will provide in-depth commentary on each ship as she passes by.  The live coverage begins at 9 a.m. on WRAL-TV and WRAL-DT.   The parade will also be streamed on and the coverage will be simulcast statewide by the UNC-TV network. 

WRAL-TV’s Coverage Schedule
for America’s Sail 2006
Sat, July 1st – 9amWRAL Parade of Sail, 2-hour live parade coverage in HD
(also streamed on & simulcast statewide on UNC-TV)
Sat, July 15th – 7pmWRAL Half-Hour Special about “Tall Ships” event & ships
(program will also be offered for sale on DVD through

WRAL will also produce a special program capturing the many highlights of the weeklong “Tall Ships” event in Beaufort.  In addition, the program will feature a visit to Mystic Seaport, Connecticut, for a firsthand look at the recreated 19th century seafaring village and preservation shipyard.  Mystic Seaport mirrors what the Olde Beaufort Seaport seeks to provide for North Carolinians and other tourists in future years. WRAL’s David Crabtree hosts this half-hour special that will first air Saturday, July 15th at 7pm on WRAL.  The program will also be offered for sale on DVD through the website. 

To learn more about “ Americas’ Sail 2006,” the “WRAL Parade of Sail,” and DVD sales of the WRAL special — visit and click on Entertainment. There you will find a special section devoted to the five-day “Tall Ships” event that includes photos and descriptions of all the sailing ships, a schedule of events, ticket information and much more.

Thanks to WRAL-TV’s Debbie Strange for this capcom story.

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