Inside Look Aboard Chilean Tall Ship Esmeralda, Headed To Sail Boston

BOSTON (CBS) – Historic tall ships are making their way to Boston Harbor for this weekend’s Sail Boston event, which is expected to draw massive crowds.

Guide: Sail Boston 2017

One of those ships, the Chilean tall ship Esmeralda, has a special guest on board – WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Chris Fama.

Fama flew to Virginia, where he boarded Esermalda and set sail up the east coast. The ship is en route to Massachusetts, and Fama said crew members have been buzzing about the Sail Boston festivities.

“It’s very inspiring quite frankly,” Fama told WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens when asked about the hard work of the crew.

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Crew members of the Chilean tall ship Esmeralda. (Image Credit: Chris Fama/WBZ NewsRadio 1030)

In order to sail the open seas the crew must raise the ship’s sail, which is no simple task.

“It was honestly something I never could have imagined, even as someone who understands what it takes to raise a sail and to sail into the open ocean,” Fama said. “It was a phenomenal sight to see.”

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Steering aboard the Esmeralda. (Image Credit: Chris Fama/WBZ NewsRadio 1030)

The opening ceremonies for Sail Boston begin Friday at noon, with the Grand Parade of Sail slated for Saturday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

But for now, Fama and the crew of the Esmeralda remain on the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean en route to Boston Harbor.

“I’m looking at the greatest office in the world,” said Fama.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Chris Fama reports

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