Gulden Leeuw leaving after Sail Royal Greenwich.
Pic courtesy of River Thames Photos

Two of the UK’s most famous maritime locations have celebrated a one year countdown to the Falmouth-Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Regatta 2014.

It will see around 50 of the world’s most spectacular Tall Ships berthed and open to the public in the historic Queen’s Wharf in Falmouth Docks in late August next year.

From there the race is on, with the Tall Ships setting sail and navigating a series of waypoints to a finish line off the Isle of Wight.

The final leg of the journey sees them cruise to Royal Greenwich, where they will be berthed between 5th-9th September, marking the first time in 25 years that London has played host to a major International Tall Ships Regatta.

The announcement came during this year's four-day annual Sail Royal Greenwich.

Links between Falmouth and Royal Greenwich already extend beyond next year’s event. Both areas are home to a National Maritime Museum. The Docks in Falmouth originally restored the world’s last remaining Tea Clipper, The Cutty Sark, in 1922 before it ended its seafaring days in a specially constructed dry dock at Greenwich where it still attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors to the borough to this day.

Cllr Chris Roberts, Greenwich Council leader said: “The Royal Borough of Greenwich boasts the longest riverfront in London, making it an ideal place to host the Tall Ships Regatta in 2014. We are proud of our maritime history, which attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors to our borough each year and supports thousands of local jobs.

" Playing host to London’s first Regatta for 25 years will provide us with a fantastic opportunity to boost the local economy even further as the Tall Ships sail past our historic maritime landmarks like the Old Royal Naval College and the Cutty Sark."

John Hick, chairman of Falmouth Tall Ships Association, has spent more than 30 years successfully encouraging and supporting tall ship visits and races said: ““They look spectacular and it’s a wonderful chance to get a glimpse of what it is to live and work on board these historic vessels. The technology may have changed through the centuries but the rhythms of life are much the same.

"You don’t need to be a seasoned sailor to feel moved by the sight of these incredible ships and from both an historic and geographical point of view Falmouth sets them off to perfection.


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