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Tall Ships Sailing Regatta Returns To Liverpool!

03 May 2018

If you’re about to embark on a big home improvement project like having new conservatories installed at your Liverpool home, you’re sure to want to get out of the house to escape the noise and dust, and to stop yourself from getting under the feet of your contractor as they try to sort out your property extension.

Should this sound like a familiar story, then you’re certainly in luck this month – the Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta 2018 is coming back to Liverpool once again in May, with the magnificent fleet sailing from the city to Dublin and then on to Bordeaux in France in a seriously exciting race that takes the able seamen through the Irish and Celtic seas, as well as the Bay of Biscay...

Liverpool has actually hosted a Tall Ships event four times, with the last taking place back in 2012. This fifth event marks the ten-year anniversary of Liverpool being named the European Capital of Culture and the Tall Ships regatta will coincide with the three-day International Mersey River Festival… so there’s an awful lot going on to keep you busy.

The start date for the regatta is May 25th so make sure you put it in the calendar as it really will be a fun day out for all the family. And the best bit? It’s free to attend so you can all have a wonderful time without breaking the bank… vital since you’re already splashing the cash on that brand-new conservatory!

You can actually go on board the ships for a closer look if you’re so inclined. According to the Liverpool Echo, there will be 17 ships in the city, so you’re sure to have a lot of fun. And the Lancashire Nobbies will also be taking to the river on the 26th for the annual four-hour race along the Mersey. You’ll be able to explore these while they’re at berth in the Albert Dock on the 27th.

Speaking to the news source, director of culture Claire McColgan said:

"The Tall Ships were one of the highlights of our 2008 Capital of Culture celebrations so it is fitting that they will make their return as we celebrate the tenth anniversary.
The ships are an absolutely stunning sight and give visitors the rare opportunity to come onboard for a closer look at these incredible vessels. As well as the ships, we have a packed programme of events running across the city, both day and night. It’s all set to be a completely unmissable weekend."

The boats available for exploration include the Lord Nelson, one of just two tall ships in the world that have been designed purposely to enable physically disabled and able-bodied people sail side by side. Adventure Wales, a two-masted schooner that was built for adventure and has circumnavigated the globe, will also be in the water – so do make sure you take your camera as there are going to be photo opportunities galore.

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