If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, why not check out a tall ship in Victoria’s inner harbour. After a 7,000 km journey from its home port of Vladivostok, the Russian Sail Training Ship Pallada will be arriving in Victoria’s Inner Harbour this weekend. The 354-foot (a.k.a. really BIG), three-masted frigate is known as the fastest sailing ship in the world and has trained over 12,000 cadets, midshipmen and students from all over Russia.
On Saturday, August 6 and Sunday, August 7, from 11.00am to 3.00pm, the Pallada will be open to the general public for free on-board tours from the Wharf Street dock. The cadets will act as ship guides, and visitors will be able to see exhibitions featuring the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s space flight as well as the 270th anniversary of the discovery of Russian America by Russian seafarers. Once you see this magnificent vessel, you may remember seeing it when she took part in the 2005 Victoria Tall Ships Festival, which sadly did not take place this year. Thanks goes to the Victoria Tall Ships Society who is helping out by also providing volunteers to put on the free tours.
For more information, check out Victoria Tall Ships Society.