A Note From The World Ocean Festival Maritime Director

I have had the pleasure for more than 25 years of work on, in, and around New York Harbor to be involved in some amazing gatherings of vessels, from OpSail to Fleet Week.  For me, being on the water has been a lifelong love affair starting as a Sea Scout sailing the waters of Cape Cod and culminating as a US Coast Guard Officer stationed on Governors Island in New York City.  As I reflect on a life of connection to the water,  I find that have I not only developed a profound appreciation for the Ocean but an understanding of our dependence on them.  

As the Maritime Director of World Ocean Festival, I feel that all of my past experience and connection to the ocean is coming full circle.  This event, which will bring together boaters, sailors, mariners, kayakers and more, is not only amazing, but it is one of a kind, something like this has never been done before.  The timing of World Ocean Festival is intentional, and it is meant to focus the voices of lovers of the ocean and amplify them in a call to the world leaders at the UN as they gather for the Ocean Conference to take action and protect the Ocean, not only for us but for our children. 

The parade of vessels on June 4th is only part of World Ocean Festival, but it is going to send a clear message; protect the Ocean!  I have included some of the key data points of the Parade of Vessels below, please feel free to contact me chris@globalbrain.is or find more information here. Please join us and let’s make our collective voices from the boating community heard in a big way.

See you on the water,                                                                                                                      

Chris O'Brien, World Ocean Festival Maritime Director      



  • 10:30am-12:00pm: vessels rally to the north of Pier 64 Hudson River (@24th Street)
  • 12:00pm: Parade of vessels begins, off of Pier 64, led by Fireboat John J. Harvey
  • 1:00pm: Parade of vessels rounds the southern tip of Governors Island
  • 2:30pm: Parade of vessels crosses abeam Gantry State Park (parade end)