Twenty-one tall ships have been confirmed to date for Halifax’sbiggest celebration this summer, Tall Ships Challenge 2004 – ASalute to l’Acadie. The largest gathering of tall ships in the Americas this yearwill take place from July 29 to Aug. 2. Ships from the U.S.,Mexico, Romania, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, theCook Islands, Poland and Canada will be sailing into HalifaxHarbour and calling the waterfront their home for the five-dayevent. “We are very pleased with the number and class of ships that havealready confirmed they will be visiting,” said Eric Thomson,chair of the Waterfront Development Corporation. “Theirparticipation, along with the exciting activities planned forTall Ships Challenge 2004, guarantee this will be a world-classevent.” The ships will be berthed along the waterfront, from Tall ShipsQuay to Casino Nova Scotia Hotel, and include square-riggedbarquentines and brigantines, traditional-rigged schooners andketches. Between 12 and 14 A-class vessels are expected,including Eagle from the U.S., Cuauhtemoc from Mexico, Mirceafrom Romania, Caledonia from Canada and Tenacious from theUnited Kingdom. B-class vessels will include Canada’s Bluenose II and Silva,Spirit of Massachusetts, Unicorn and Pride of Baltimore II fromthe U.S. Several C-class ships will also participate includingAppledore V from the U.S., and Raindancer II from Canada. Class A vessels include all square-rigged vessels, and others,that are more than 40 metres in length overall. B-class vesselsare traditional-rigged vessels that are less than 40 metres inlength and have a waterline length of at least 9.14 metres. C-class vessels are modern-rigged vessels that are less than 40metres in length, have a waterline length of at least 9.14 metresand do not carry spinnaker-like sails. More information about Tall Ships Challenge 2004 and aboutadvance boarding passes for the event is available on the websiteat www.novascotia.com/tallships, and on CBC’s website atwww.cbc.ca/tallships2004 . Tall Ships Challenge 2004 – A Salute to l’Acadie is presented bythe Waterfront Development Corporation. The event is sponsored bythe province, Halifax Regional Municipality, Grou Tyme AcadianFestival, Aliant, Atlantic Lottery Corporation, AlexanderKeith’s, Sobeys, Ford, Casino Nova Scotia, Captain Morgan, TheHerald, McCain, Pepsi, Trade Centre Limited, CanJet, Halifax PortAuthority, Bishop’s Landing, Atlantic Photo Supply and PellerEstates and Ombrelle. CBC is also a sponsor and the hostbroadcaster for the event.