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TV5 reporter's Great Lakes adventure comes to an end

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Gino Vicci onboard the Appledore IV. Gino Vicci onboard the Appledore IV.

WEDNESDAY UPDATE PT. 3: TV5 reporter Gino Vicci came ashore around 6:30 p.m. after three days of sailing aboard the Appledore IV. He said it was hard to capture action shots with his video camera while the ship was sailing due to the angle of the boat and the constant movement on the deck.

Vicci said one of his favorite parts was learning all the intricacies of sailing. He said he learned how to do a "daisy chain" knot. He also restrung a crew member's guitar so he could play it right-handed to pass the time.

Vicci said the weather hit and miss, as some times the sun was brilliant but other times the lake was choppy and rainy. "Within hours of leaving the port of Cleveland, the wind completely stopped. We ended up sitting in the same spot basking in the sun for about five hours, we didn't move," said Vicci. "But that same night, the winds picked up and it was pouring rain throughout the night." 

Vicci said this was a once in a lifetime experience and is grateful to the entire crew of the Appledore IV. "I never understood how strenuous sailing could be," Vicci added.



WEDNESDAY UPDATE PT. 2: Gino Vicci says the Appledore IV will dock between 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. in Bay City. We've added quite a few great photos from his journey to our slideshow, to the left of this page.  

 WEDNESDAY UPDATE: Gino Vicci said that it's a sad day for the crew of the Appledore IV as their journey is coming to an end. The crew, mainly made up of teenagers, have learned to man the helm and put up the sails -- among a myriad of other sailing skills. Vicci said it's been quite an adventure and he had the watch from 8 p.m. to midnight Tuesday.

Vicci said several of the Tall Ships have sailed to within a few miles of each other on Lake Huron. The ships are expected to make landfall sometime Thursday afternoon. will livestream the event, with our very own Eric Jylha serving as host.

Vicci will arrive with the Appledore IV crew in Bay City sometime Wednesday.

Track the Tall Ships here and here.



TUESDAY UPDATE: Gino Vicci says the ship, the Appledore IV, is moving along at about 3 knots. On Monday afternoon, a storm blew up on Lake Erie and made travel tricky.

Vicci said he didn't have any cell service for several hours. The Appledore IV finished third in the race to reach Point Pelee on Monday.

The ship is crewed by about 14 people, including several teenagers learning to sail a large vessel. The ship is expected to dock in Bay City sometime Wednesday.  

MONDAY UPDATE: Gino Vicci tells he is leaving Cleveland aboard the Appledore IV between 11 a.m. and noon, where he and the ship's crew will race to Point Pelee, Ontario, Canada.

That race is 38 nautical miles long and the Tall Ships will have until midnight to get to Point Pelee, on Lake Erie. Gino said he will be standing watch to spot any obstructions or obstacles, and steering the 85-foot schooner.

The Appledore IV's home port is Bay City and the ship is run by BaySail. Check back throughout the day as we get more details about Gino's experiences aboard ship! 

Track the Tall Ships here and here.

TV5 Reporter Gino Vicci arrived at the Port of Cleveland Sunday night to board the Bay City Tall Ship, the Appledore IV.

"There are about 13 people on board the ship with me... most of them trainees who are getting on the job training on how to sail," Vicci explained.

Tall Ship Celebrations wrapped up in Cleveland late Sunday afternoon with tens of thousands in attendance and heavy rains.

The Appledore IV is one of about a dozen tall ships that will begin a race from Cleveland to Bay City Monday morning. 

"This is one of the smaller ships in the fleet... but still surprisingly roomy. I am looking forward to this great adventure," Vicci said.

Gino Vicci will live onboard for three days. 

The Bay City Tall Ship is expected to make only one stop, according to Capt. David Leanza.

"We stop off at one of several islands along the way depending how good of time we make," Leanza said.

The Appledore IV and the Tall Ships fleet are expected to reach the Saginaw Bay early Wednesday afternoon.

"We can't wait for this event... it's been three years since the celebration has been in Bay City," said Scott Ellis, program coordinator for Baysail.

Organizers expect more than 100,000 to attend this year's celebration.

Stay tuned to TV5 for live updates from TV5's Gino Vicci aboard the Appledore IV. You can also follow Gino's tweets above.

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