Sail Portsmouth is an annual event which brings a tall ship or two into the harbor for a weekend visit. This year, it's two beautiful schooners...Mystic and Lynx.
Mystic is 171-feet and has 13 sails, with a 110-foot main mast. Lynx is a replica of a privateer from the War of 1812 - built for speed.
Unfortunately, heavy weather in the area put a damper on the Parade of Sail...normally a festive welcoming of the vessels down the Piscataqua River and into the harbor.
Mystic no sooner eased her way in next to the commercial fishing pier when the thunder and lightning which had been threatening drew near and the skies opened.
Though it was overcast for most of the first full day of the event, this morning dawned with a canvas that was "just right" - enabling the sun to get out the paintbrush and work some magic.