The final Parade of Sail of The Tall Ships Races 2012 will take place tomorrow with some of the fleet preparing to leave Dublin as early as 7.00am to ensure the Samuel Beckett Bridge can reopen for pedestrians by 8.00am.
The entire fleet will be led out of Dublin at 10.40am by Irish naval vessel, LE Emer,
with the Lord Mayor and Minister Varadkar aboard.
The Captains have been asked to pass through the Eastlink Bridge before its scheduled closing at 12.30. The fleet will then head towards Dublin's saluting vessels to bid farewell to the city.
will follow LE Emer
with Class C and D vessels closely behind. The parade will then continue with Danmark
with De Gallant
the last to leave.
A 21 gun salute will take place at Poolbeg light by Irish army artillery
guns as the tall ships proceed to a point off Dun Laoghaire. They will
then go about the LE Emer
heading towards Bailey Lighthouse at Howth
where the tugs Beaufort and Shackleton will spray their fire jets in a
farewell to Dublin.
In the Captains' Briefing which took place today, Capt. David T. Dignam, Harbour Master, Dublin, said a few farewell words in Irish
to the attending Captains which translated as: "A thousand thank
you(s). Happy Sailing. Blessings to you and may you go safely."
International's Head of Race Directorate, Paul Bishop, asked the
Captains to set sail as soon as possible to provide the anticipated
crowds with a view of the tall ships in their full glory for the final
Parade of Sail of this year's race series.