Sailfest Three-Days Of Festivities For Sea Dogs & Landlubbers Alike

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Sailfest is one of the most eagerly awaited summer festivals in Connecticut. Held in the small town on New London over 3-days each July, the festival usually attracts more than 300,000 adults and children. People requiring accommodation find that the Hampton Inn & Suites Hotel at Mystic is conveniently located, just a handful of miles away. It offers top quality service that is very welcoming to all guests. Both New London and Mystic are delightful seaports.

Virtually all the entertainment at the festival is provided free throughout the event. The Tall Ships are a big attraction. A large range of musical acts perform at one of three venues, namely, the City Pier stage, the Customs House stage or the Hygienic Art Park stage. A comprehensive range of musical genres are presented ranging from rock to Celtic, from hip hop to the blues and jazz. Maritime regattas, fun runs, whaler cruisers, fireworks, amusement rides, plus more than one hundred vendors offering a dizzying arrange of arts, crafts and other products.

Maritime regattas and the Tall Ships are also a big attraction. The barque USCGC Eagle is the only tall ship on active duty in the USA and its homeport is New London. The 295 foot long vessel serves as a training ship for the Unite States Coast Guard Academy (USCGA).

The event is staged in the picturesque and historic Downtown New London Area (DNLA), located at the mouth of the Thames River. New London is one of the smallest cities in the USA, but its boundaries are packed full of rich cultural and historical significance dating back to the Civil War.

The town of New London has a long maritime history and serves as home for the USCGA. The academy was established in 1876 and supplies college education to for future Coast Guard officers. About 400 cadets enter the academy each year. Admission is based totally on merit and is very competitive with applications totaling over 2,500. About 200 cadets graduate each year.

Hundreds of visitors arrive to the festival on private yachts. They moor at local marinas many of which offer perfect vantage points to enjoy the fireworks.

Sailfest is a gala event. All money raised by its activities for the benefit of the New London community. Most of the funds are allocated to projects in the town. Visitors needing accommodation find the nearby town of Mystic a convenient location. Hampton Inn & Suites in Mystic is one of the leading hotels in the town.

Get inside info on the most popular festival on the summer agenda in southeast Connecticut now in our complete guide to the Sailfest and the best hotels In Mystic Connecticut .

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