Sailfest 2014

New London's Sailfest a Big Bang Gala

New London's Sailfest a Big Bang Gala

A sparkling display of fireworks that lasted about 20 minutes evoked cheers and set off car alarms Saturday during Sailfest.

Sailfest workers savor a job well done

After Sailfest ended Sunday evening, it was time for the event's volunteers to celebrate another successful edition.

Aboard Amistad, state lawmakers call for financial solution

Speaking from aboard the schooner Amistad Sunday morning, four state representatives thanked Amistad America for bringing the ship to Sailfest after it initially backed out of its commitment to the festival.

It's all about the Mashantucket Pequot Fireworks Extravaganza

Crowds gathered on both sides of the Thames waiting for the Mashantucket Pequot Fireworks Extravaganza.

Amistad America: We are excited to be here

“It took a Herculean effort to get here today,” Hanifa Washington, executive director of Amistad America Inc., said. “When I made the call Tuesday, we didn't have the properly licensed people or crew onboard and we could not legally leave the dock. We also had safety equipment that was off for servicing in preparation for the Coast Guard inspection.”

Amistad draws crowds, not controversy in New London

UPDATE: 8:50 p.m. A steady stream of visitors boarded the Amistad Saturday after it opened for free tours just before 3 p.m., hearing the dramatic story of the 1839 revolt by enslaved Africans aboard the original vessel but not about the recent drama with the schooner's finances and management.

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