The much-awaited dates for the 2014 Tall Ships Regatta has been announced by race organizer, Sail Training International.
The three-day festivity in Falmouth promises a parade of about 50 ships including Class A square-legged vessels, which are sure to be a sight to see. The race tarts on Sunday, August 31. These vessels will be berthed at Queen’s Wharf, located in Falmouth Docks.
From August 28 to 30, boating enthusiasts and the general public can enjoy a tour of the ships as this will be open to them. The Ships Crew is expected to bring in entertainment with colour and various activities, all happening at the town centre streets. Competitions are also set for everyone to participate and prizes will be given just before the ships set sail for the race.
Ships will start sailing in Falmouth Bay and then eastward onto finish line at the Isle of Wright. During this time, the vessels will pass between the twin Castles of Pendennis and St. Mawes. A brief stop-over is expected en route to Greenwich, where the crews can enjoy various activities for four days, until September 7. Royal Greenwich is this year’s finish port, hosting the first major Tall Ships event the 1989 race hosted by London.
Falmouth has hosted three major regattas, since tall ships first visited the town. During the 2008, a significant economic impact was seen, as the show attracted 100,000 visitors and generated revenue for the local economy.
The race has always been an anticipated event where Tall Ships from around the world gather and race for three days. The main Tall Ships Races, on the other hand, is scheduled in 2014, which is set pass through Halingen, Netherlands; Fredrikstad, Norway; Bergen, Norway; and Esbjerg, Denmark.