Ships to Shore a success(?????????????????????????)

Ships to Shore a success(?????????????????????????)


Overcast skies greeted the tall ships Friday at the City of Richmond’s Ships to Shore event, which runs until CanadaDay in Steveston. The waterside temperature was perfect, as visitors took advantage late Friday morning of the short line-ups

Martin van den Hemel photo
By Martin van den Hemel – Richmond Review

Updated: July 05, 2012 10:21 AM


From the City of Richmond’s perspective, the Ships to Shore festival was a success despite the poor weather that started the weekend.



More than 20,000 people came out to see the tall ships, a strong number considering the rain on Saturday and otherwise overcast skies and cool temperatures.



City spokesperson Ted Townsend said as the weather improved, more people turned out.



And that translated into “good but not overwhelming lineups waiting on the docks to get on the ships and up above to get on the docks,” he said. “We were very pleased with the turnout.”



Feedback from everybody involved, from members of the public, to volunteers, and sponsors has been “very positive,” he said.



In the coming days and week, staff will look at what worked, and what didn’t.



And then they’ll make a report to council, with a recommendation about whether to have a similar event again next year.



As far as having a tall ships event again married with the annual Steveston Salmon Festival, Townsend said it was a good idea.



“I think it worked and it can only get better as we move forward.”



The response received from ships and their crews have been very positive as well, Townsend said.



For the owner of the schooner Mallory Todd, which suffered damage while being towed to the festival by the Hawaiian Chieftain, all involved came away with a positive impression of the festival and the city.



“I can say, speaking for our vessel, crew and officers our visit to Richmond for Canada Day festivities was an overall fine success and grand pleasure to all concerned,” said Capt. George Todd, founding director of Sailing Heritage Foundation.




What a Joke…

20,000 People…is that all?

Probably made more $$$ writing parking tickets.

“Bread and Circuses”……the prelude to the fall of Rome.

To City Hall…Very Few give a shit … are like Emperor Nero..fiddling while the City burns Tax $$$$

Perhaps we should have a vote for “WHO WALKS THE PLANK”….aka Council and Senior Staff.

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