Tall Ships 2011 is sailing in the right direction
Published on 2010-01-11
Sail Inverclyde Ltd, the charity established to deliver the Tall Ships Races 2011 has announced that it is on course to attract some of the most impressive Tall Ships from around the world to the Greenock-based event.
Organisers of the event have already received interest from over thirty ships. It has been anticipated that 80 ships will take part and with 18 months to go before the event takes place, putting Sail Inverclyde ahead of schedule to reach this goal.
Following the teams recent visit to Istanbul to the 2009 International Sail Training and Tall Ships Conference it was revealed that there had been interest from three Class A Ships from the Netherlands including the Eendacht,.
The Mir from Russia, the Dar Mlodziezy from Poland and the Gloria from Columbia have also expressed an interest. It is also hoped that the Stavros Niarchos from the UK and the Lord Nelson from the Jubilee Sailing Trust will also take part in what is set to be a carnival on water.
The participating ships in the 6 week long race series will start in the Irish port of Waterford and race to Greenock. The leg between Greenock and Lerwick is a Cruise in Company where ships will be encouraged to visit some of the ports in the West of Scotland and in the Islands enroute to the Shetland Isles.
The second race will start from Lerwick to Stravanger in Norway, and finally they will race from Stravanger to Halmstad in Sweden.
Many of the ships visiting Greenock will open to the public and in addition there will be shore based entertainment with music and dance as well as food and drink.
Helen Drummond, project manager of Sail Inverclyde said: “The interest which we have received at such an early stage is really exciting and is a great boost for the event. I hope that this momentum will continue as we reach out to other countries to encourage them to participate.
“These ships will definitely add colour and excitement to Tall Ships 2011 and draw people from across Scotland to Greenock, which is rapidly transforming itself into an important business, leisure and residential location. The Tall Ships Races 2011 will put the spotlight on what has been achieved through regeneration and showcase Inverclyde at its very best.”
Greenock previously hosted the Tall Ships races in 1999. The event attracted 800000 visits across the four days and generated new expenditure of £8.3m in Inverclyde and £7.5m in Renfrewshire. Similarly, Waterford received a direct economic boost of over E30m when hosting the event in 2005.
The event will take place at the James Watt Dock in Greenock, which is currently being redeveloped by owners Clydeport in conjunction with Riverside Inverclyde, the urban regeneration company currently progressing developments on seven sites along Inverclyde’s waterfront.