The Clippers set sail this morning after having spend nearly a week docked at our Halifax waterfront.
FYI - The Clippers are a group of 68' Sailing yachts that are competing in the Round-the-World Race...Halifax is one of the last stops before the race finishes in England.
I had a chance to talk to some of the sailors and organizers. The general consensus was that people here have been friendly, but the city isn't very lively and Halifax didn't advertise them well enough (hardly at all)...
Hardly anyone knew to visit the waterfront... and for the few of us who did get a chance to go after work, there was nothing going on there (ice-cream stands, etc.... all closed up for the night) despite beautiful weather and a major attraction!
I was very surprised to find the crew of the Clipper boats were the main entertainment of their own visit... They had to addend dinners and entertain Halifax's big-wigs....
What about some hospitality to our visitors?? Beer tents, music, and fireworks, etc...? None of the above :(
Why is it that we have World Class race boats, and sailors from all over the world visiting here, yet we practically ignore it?
According to banners on Barrington street...Halifax has the Jazz fest and Tattoo to offer...Big whoop! What about other events?!
This is one of those things that we will talk about once it's gone....and never to return...
Halifax - you should be ashamed of yourself...a Port city who ignores and almost hides anything going on related to our Port.
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