Ships Ahoy! We will be there.

A fleet of 14 tall ships is to arrive here as Liverpool hosts the inaurgural Irish Sea Tall Ships Regatta.

This event certainly celebrates Liverpool’s strong and proud maritime heritage and Liverpool is guaranteed to turn out in their thousands to see these beautiful vessels taking pride on our waterfront.

From today Wednesday 29th August these ships will arrive in majestic style on the waterfront, having departed from Dublin three days earlier.

To celebrate this, a series of events will take place starting on Friday 31st August when the crews of the Tall Ships will take to the streets of Liverpool in a colourful and vibrant parade, before being presented with the race and port prizes.

During the weekend of 1st and 2nd September, the Tall Ships will be berthed at the Albert dock and there will be street theatre, music and arts and crafts stalls.

The vessels will be open to the public during the weekend before taking part in a parade of sail on the Sunday which will take place from around 10.30am.

As a special event, 6 lucky trainees from the Merseyside Adventure Sailing Trust will be taking part in the Regatta. On Tuesday 31st July, they were put through their paces on board the Kathleen and May. All six went ‘aloft’ which involved climbing the ships 60 foot high rigging.

We of course are looking forward and hoping to see the Russian flagship Mir (Russian for Peace/World) and having a few vodka’s with the Captain and not climbing ‘aloft’.

We will be watching a fantastic display courtesy of Yakovlevs Aircraft Acrobatics, and at 2pm on both Saturday and Sunday the Russian aircrafts will perform breathtaking high speed aerobatics around the dock.

This performance is of course weather dependant but my Russian dare-devil sources tell me….Na zdrowie!

On Sunday at 10.30am, the tall ships will take their place in a special goodbye line-up and at 1pm they prepare and leave the Mersey with us saying …
Na zdrowie!
Check out what’s on and have a great time….we will! see..www.sailtraininginternational.org

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