A NEW tall ships event will be launched in Liverpool next month when the city hosts the Irish Sea Tall Ships Regatta.
Some 14 of the world’s finest and biggest sailing ships will arrive in Liverpool between August 29 and 31 after a three-day voyage from Dublin. The Irish capital is the final port in the 2012 International Tall Ship Races, which directly proceeds the Irish Sea Tall Ships Regatta.
The fleet will be berthed in Canning Dock and Albert Dock with the largest ships probably alongside Liverpool Cruise Terminal.
To celebrate their arrival in the city a series of events will take place starting on Friday August 31 when the tall ships crews will parade before being presented with the race and port prizes.
During the weekend of September 1-2 there will be street theatre, music, arts and crafts stalls around the Albert and Canning Docks.
The tall ships will be open to the public during the weekend before taking part in a parade of sail on the Sunday from around 10.30am.
Six trainees from the Merseyside Adventure Sailing Trust (MAST) will take part in the regatta.
They will be put through their paces aboard the historic Liverpool-based tall ship Kathleen & May.
All six trainees will be “going aloft” – climbing the ship’s 60 foot-high rigging.
The trainees will be welcomed aboard by Liverpool’s Lord Mayor, Cllr Sharon Sullivan and Peter Cardy, Sail Training International chief executive, the charity organising the Irish Sea Tall Ships Regatta.
Cllr Sullivan said: “To be the final destination for this inaugural activity is a coup.
“All the events being organised will celebrate our city’s strong and proud maritime heritage.
“Nautical events are always extremely popular here and people will turn out in their thousands to see these beautiful vessels taking pride of place on our waterfront.”
Mr Cardy said: “Liverpool has been a great friend to sail training which has developed a strong willingness throughout the Tall Ships family to return.
“We hope that the Irish Sea Tall Ships Regatta could become a recurring fixture.”
Places are still available for trainees of any age to take part.
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