Tall Ships Return to Liverpool

Tall Ships Return to Liverpool

A fleet of tall ships will sail into Liverpool in August as part of the inaugural Irish Sea Tall Ships Regatta.

The race will begin in Dublin on 26 August and culminate in a four-day event in Liverpool from 30 August to 2 September.

The international fleet last visited Liverpool for the main summer Tall Ships Race in 2008.

The new regatta, featuring ships from that event, is expected to attract about 450,000 visitors to the city.

The international crews will parade in the city and a number of ships will be open to the public.

Peter Cardy, chief executive of Sail Training International, said: "Liverpool has a rich maritime history and has been a great friend to sail training which has helped to develop a strong willingness throughout the Tall Ships family to return to the city.

"We hope that the Irish Sea Tall Ships Regatta could become a recurring fixture in the busy calendar of events that is enjoyed by the residents of Liverpool as well as the many visitors to this fantastic city."