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Premium Content OpSail delegation thanks Malloy for contributions, looks to future events

 August 13, 2012; Updated: 12:11 am

OpSail Chairman John Johnson briefed Gov. Malloy and Lt. Gov. Wyman on the OpSail committee's plans for a five-year schedule of major schooner festivals.


Premium Content OpSail organizers to announce schooner festivals starting next year

 August 10, 2012; Updated: 11:40 pm

New London - Fans of OpSail can look forward to more schooners in the waters off New London, this time in collaboration with Mystic Seaport.


Premium Content NL on board to be a 'Coast Guard City'

 July 22, 2012; Updated: 12:26 am

New London - The city is looking to become a "Coast Guard City."


Premium Content Maritime weekend put wind in city's sails

 July 10, 2012; Updated: 12:15 am

Organizers say OpSail was a big success and they will work to bring the event back to the city in 2015.


Premium Content Goodbye to OpSail

 July 10, 2012; Updated: 12:04 am

A crowd on the fishing pier at Fort Trumbull State Park watches the schooner Wolf depart New London on Monday at the conclusion of the OpSail/Sailfest celebration.


Premium Content Police say downtown OpSail crowds were well-behaved

 July 10, 2012; Updated: 12:03 am

Police reported no major problems in the downtown and venue areas during this weekend’s Sailfest/OpSail festivities but they attributed some fights and numerous arrests to the crowded bar scene after Saturday night’s fireworks display.


Premium Content Height isn't everything

 July 10, 2012; Updated: 11:39 pm

The USS Mississippi passes the tall ships Eagle and Cisne Branco docked Monday at Fort Trumbull State Park in New London en route to the submarine base in Groton.


Premium Content USS Carter Hall brings crew member home to NL

 July 9, 2012; Updated: 7:11 pm

Evan Westbrook, who grew up in New London, returned to the city this past weekend as a crew member aboard the USS Carter Hall.


Premium Content A sun-splashed finale caps off a star-spangled weekend

 July 9, 2012; Updated: 6:54 pm

Officials and the public say weekend OpSail/Sailfest festivities were a big success as the visiting boats prepare to leave New London today.


Premium Content Music is the international language at OpSail

 July 9, 2012; Updated: 12:58 am

Musical groups, one local and one from a visiting ship, serenaded the crowd at Fort Trumbull on the final day of the festival Sunday.


Premium Content OpSail family portrait

 July 9, 2012; Updated: 12:18 am

Casey Folkman, right, snaps a photo of her daughter Alivia Rivera, 4, and nephews Adam Harper, 4, and Matthew Harper, 7, as her mother Anne Lavigne, center, lines up her own photo of the children Sunday in front of the U.S. Navy Dock Landing Ship USS Carter Hall at the State Pier in New London.


Premium Content Ships depart New London after weekend of mostly smooth sailing

 July 9, 2012; Updated: 1:59 pm

The majority of the ships that were docked at piers here throughout this weekend were gone by early Monday afternoon as many took off ahead of schedule.


Premium Content Fireworks live stream brought down by glitch, video now available

 July 9, 2012; Updated: 9:36 am

While a technical problem prevented the live streaming of Saturday night's fireworks show, a full video of the event is now available.


Premium Content Spectators line the piers to experience Opsail, Sailfest

 July 8, 2012; Updated: 9:17 am

Kevin Hurley, 35, of Groton, was waiting on City Pier for the first sailboat ride of his life. Hurley was among the crowds of people in the city for the third day of the combined OpSail2012 and Sailfest, the city's annual summer festival. Long lines formed not only at City Pier but in Fort Trumbull...


Premium Content Today's schedule

 July 8, 2012; Updated: 12:50 am

Today's schedule9 a.m.: Sailfest opens.


Premium Content From ship to shore, a celebratory mood

 July 8, 2012; Updated: 12:38 am

Capt. Eric C. Jones, commanding officer of Eagle, said he couldn't have asked for more perfect winds for sailing. The conditions were the best of any port this summer. "How apropos," he said.


Premium Content So, Sailfest got some ships this year

 July 8, 2012; Updated: 11:42 pm

I was in Barbara Neff's Sailfest command post in downtown New London Saturday morning when her phone rang.It was the bridge of the Navy ship USS Carter Hall, and they were asking Neff for permission to take the lead position for the Parade of Sail into New London.Apparently, the...


Premium Content OpSail/Sailfest parking, shuttles and roadway disruptions

 July 8, 2012; Updated: 11:42 pm

Free parking for OpSail Connecticut 2012 and Sailfest is available in satellite lots with shuttle service to Fort Trumbull, City Pier and State Pier:• New London High School, 490 Jefferson Ave.; Destination: Fort Trumbull• Waterford High School, 20 Rope Ferry Road;...


Premium Content Eagle captain: Conditions for OpSail perfect

 July 7, 2012; Updated: 12:02 pm

The last time the barque Eagle sailed into its homeport was in 2000, when New London also hosted Operation Sail, but fewer sails were set at that time.


Premium Content Fireworks extravaganza impresses Sailfest crowd

 July 7, 2012; Updated: 6:58 pm

The first fireworks launched into the sky Saturday night over the Thames River, and let it be said that a few new colors and pinwheel patterns have been added to the vocabulary of pyrotechnics.


Premium Content Crowds grab best viewing spots for Parade of Sail

 July 7, 2012; Updated: 12:40 am

The best locations to watch the Parade of Sail include Harkness Memorial State Park in Waterford, Ocean Beach Park in New London and Avery Point and Eastern Point in Groton.


Premium Content Fort Trumbull packs 'em in

 July 7, 2012; Updated: 9:16 am

Fort Trumbull played center stage for OpSail festivities Saturday, welcoming thousands of spectators, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and a stage full of dignitaries, music that spanned centuries and some of the world's most majestic tall ships.


Premium Content Fireworks company ready to put on a show

 July 7, 2012; Updated: 12:50 am

New London - The company responsible for setting off 20 minutes worth of fireworks in just 15 seconds in San Diego is also in charge of Saturday's show in New London. But the owner of Garden State Fireworks promises the problem won't repeat itself here.


Premium Content Command post prepared for any contingency

 July 7, 2012; Updated: 12:38 am

New London — A second-floor room at 289 Bank St. was a hotbed of activity early and often on Saturday.


Premium Content Saturday’s schedule

 July 7, 2012; Updated: 12:20 am

8 a.m.: Shuttles begin their routes from satellite parking lots at New London High School, Waterford High School, Crystal Mall, Ocean State Job Lot in Waterford, and Connecticut College.


Premium Content OpSail/Sailfest parking, shuttle bus schedules and weekend roadway disruptions

 July 7, 2012; Updated: 11:42 pm

Free parking for OpSail2012 Connecticut and Sailfest is available in satellite lots, with shuttle service to Fort Trumbull, City Pier and State Pier. The lots and drop off/pickup points are:• New London High School, 490 Jefferson Ave.; Destination: Fort Trumbull•...


Premium Content OpSail festivities get under way in stormy fashion

 July 7, 2012; Updated: 12:47 am

The Carter Hall, a Navy dock landing ship, sent the amphibious Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) to “storm” the Hole-in-the-Wall Beach as part of the opening ceremonies for OpSail 2012CT Friday in Niantic.


Premium Content Boater safety, security enforced during OpSail, Sailfest

 July 7, 2012; Updated: 9:15 am

The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection reminds boaters to follow safety rules and obey security zones around all the ships that will be in New London and Niantic for OpSail and Sailfest today through Monday. Entry into these areas will be strictly enforced, and...


Premium Content City police ready to keep the peace

 July 7, 2012; Updated: 11:42 pm

New London police officers were out in full force as people started to trickle in to Waterfront Park on the first of the three-day OpSail/Sailfest weekend.


Premium Content OpSail ship visitation hours changed for Sunday

 July 7, 2012; Updated: 9:21 pm

The ships will be open one hour later than originally scheduled Sunday: Eagle and the historic replica schooner Amistad will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Fort Trumbull, while Cisne Branco, also at Fort Trumbull, will be open from noon to 6 p.m., according to OpSail spokesman Bruce...


Premium Content Navy's display wows crowd at McCook Point Park

 July 6, 2012; Updated: 9:15 am

The USS Carter Hall sat about two miles offshore riveting the attention of crowds at McCook Point Park in Niantic to watch the Navy's hovercraft dislodge from the ship and make its way to shore. In less than 10 minutes, the craft touched the shore, sending a 100-foot spray of sand and water toward...


Premium Content After San Diego, will fireworks work?

 July 6, 2012; Updated: 12:32 am

The owner of Garden State Fireworks, which handled the San Diego display that exploded all at once, said his company is making sure the show in New London goes as planned – for 20 minutes.


Premium Content Navy lands with donations for food banks

 July 6, 2012; Updated: 12:23 am

Midshipmen from the four Naval yard patrol boats docked at Custom House Pier delivered boxes of food from their ships to a waiting truck to be donated to the Gemma E. Moran food center and the Covenant Shelter.


Premium Content Groton parking changes for OpSail parade, fireworks announced

 July 6, 2012; Updated: 11:40 pm

City of Groton police have announced parking regulations for two OpSail events.


Premium Content Tall ships in Newport? Skip 'em

 July 6, 2012; Updated: 11:29 pm

Bringing a handful more ships to Newport is sort of like taking coals to Newcastle.That was my impression of Thursday's prelude to Ocean State Tall Ships in Newport, the tall ships festival that will compete with OpSail 2012 in New London this weekend.The Newport festival doesn't...


Premium Content Local, state, federal agencies joining forces for public safety

 July 6, 2012; Updated: 3:20 pm

Nine months of planning have gone into the event, Fire Chief Ronald Samul said this week, as volunteers, city and state officials and local, state and federal public safety agencies collaborate on the city’s biggest event since OpSail last visited in 2000.


Premium Content OpSail forecast: Sunny, warm but a chance of thunderstorms

 July 6, 2012; Updated: 12:22 am

The National Weather Service is predicting mostly sunny and warm weather for OpSail weekend, though also forecasting a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms Saturday and Sunday.


Premium Content Your guide to OpSail/Sailfest fun

 July 6, 2012; Updated: 11:15 pm

With OpSail and Sailfest sharing the stage in New London this weekend, there's a lot going on. Here's a guide to a fun weekend.


Premium Content Boating rules and security zones will be enforced during OpSail

 July 5, 2012; Updated: 11:00 pm

The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection reminds the public to follow boating safety rules and obey security zones around all of the ships that will be in New London and Niantic for OpSail and SailFest Friday through Monday. Entry into these areas will be strictly...


Premium Content Local chairman says 'remarkable' effort has made OpSail weekend a reality

 July 5, 2012; Updated: 3:40 pm

John Johnson, who has led a team of volunteers to bring the event to New London this weekend, says "I knew if we worked hard enough and persevered, we would get it done."


Premium Content GALLERY: The Eagle joins in celebrating the 4th in Boston Harbor

 July 4, 2012; Updated: 9:18 pm

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels performed a fly-by of the USS Constitution and the United States Coast Guard Barque Eagle as the Eagle joined the Constitution's annual 4th of July turn-around cruise in Boston Harbor Wednesday.


Premium Content Eagle marks Fourth of July in Boston

 July 4, 2012; Updated: 9:17 pm

Capt. Eric C. Jones, commanding officer of the Eagle, said it's “tough to get more poignant” than having the Eagle and the USS Constitution in Boston Harbor on July 4th, celebrating the signing of the Declaration of Independence and commemorating the bicentennial of the War of 1812 for...


Premium Content Navy prepares to "storm" Niantic beach

 July 2, 2012; Updated: 5:03 pm

East Lyme — Unlike the submarines that move quietly in and out of the area, the Navy's amphibious landing craft will arrive Friday for OpSail in noisy, dramatic fashion.


Premium Content New London readies for tall ships, big crowds

 July 1, 2012; Updated: 4:53 pm

City workers, event planners and volunteers are preparing for weekend OpSail festival that could attract up to 900,000 visitors.


Premium Content Eagle stops in Boston on way home

 June 30, 2012; Updated: 11:21 pm

The United States Coast Guard Barque Eagle arrived at the Charlestown Navy Yard this morning alongside the USS Constitution for the OpSail Boston celebrations.PHOTO GALLERY


Premium Content Standing watch on the waterfront

 June 30, 2012; Updated: 11:45 pm

Sea Scouts learn to sail and to serve, and they will help out at Opsail and Sailfest.


Premium Content The Navy might steal the OpSail show

 June 29, 2012; Updated: 11:55 pm

Surely the star of OpSail 2012 in New London is going to be the Cisne Branco, a magnificent sailing tall ship, the pride of the Brazilian navy.But the USS Carter Hall, a 610-foot Navy dock ship, which can land Marines by the hundreds aboard cool hovercraft, is poised to steal the...


Premium Content Five New London students to sail to OpSail aboard historic ship

 June 29, 2012; Updated: 11:21 pm

Five students from New London schools are headed for New Jersey to sail into the Whaling City on the A.J. Meerwald as part of OpSail.


Premium Content Coast Guard to take lead on OpSail weekend security

 June 28, 2012; Updated: 4:57 pm

The New London station will work with other local agencies to keep ships and spectators safe.


Premium Content OpSail brings the party to New London

 June 28, 2012; Updated: 4:57 pm

New London - On Saturday morning, the Coast Guard's Eagle will lead a flotilla of 22 vessels into New London Harbor, including Brazil's 250-foot Cisne Branco, a 609-foot Navy ship, and a 90-foot off-shore scallop harvester based in Stonington.