all Ships visitors as of yesterday evening: 3.7 million, with no arrests, according to Boston police.
Despite the weekend weather forecast predicting clouds and some rain, the MBTA will increase the number of buses shuttling spectators between South Station and the Black Falcon terminal.
Sick of the sun
High temperatures and cloudless days have led to hundreds of visitors to the city's Tall Ships display falling victim to heat stroke, dehydration, and other sun-related illnesses.
Since Sail Boston 2000 began Tuesday, emergency medical technicians have treated more than 600 people on the waterfront.
Don't barge in
Tonight's fireworks are scheduled for 10 p.m. in the harbor off Fan Pier, but be warned: the Coast Guard says it will enforce a 500-yard no-entry perimeter in the water around the four explosives-laden barges.
Violators ''are subject to imprisonment for not more than ten (10) years, or a fine of not more than $27,500.00, or both, and their vessels are subject to seizure.''
Memo to boaters: better make it 510 yards.
Tomorrow's departure drill is scheduled to go as follows:
The harbor will close to vessels not participating in official maneuvers. Similar to Tuesday, spectator boats must be anchored by 8 a.m. and be prepared to stay put until 6 p.m. If the Tall Ships clear the harbor early, the Coast Guard will lift the restrictions and MBTA harbor ferries will resume service until 6 p.m.
The Class A ships will proceed from their berths into the harbor, do a U-turn off the Coast Guard station (same spot as Tuesday), then line up at 11 a.m. for an outbound procession. USS Constitution, anchored near Deer Island, will deliver farewell salutes.