Sunderland, United Kingdom

Sunderland was once the largest shipbuilding town in the world and there is much excitement about bringing ships back onto the River Wear as part of The Tall Ships Races 2018.  Over recent years its seafront has undergone extensive regeneration works and is fast becoming a vibrant ‘home of shipbuilding.’

Councillor Paul Watson, Leader of Sunderland City Council said, “It’s fantastic news that Sunderland has been chosen as a host port for The Tall Ships races in 2018. With such a strong maritime heritage, we had a really enthusiastic response from so many people across the region supporting our bid, and people are very excited about the prospect of ships returning to the River Wear and what a spectacle it will be.  As well as the practical arrangements to host an event of this size and scale, we will be focusing on how we make the most of the opportunities for Sail Training in Sunderland and develop these for young people in the build-up to the event, and as its enduring legacy afterwards.”

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