Fleet preparing to leave Hartlepool

10 August 2010

Fleet preparing to leave Hartlepool

Over 800,000 visitors are now thought to have visited the port during the Tall Ships Hartlepool event with another 200,000 expected today to view the Parade of Sail.  Ships will be undocking from early afternoon onwards with the larger ships leaving at around 2.30pm.  Shabab Oman (Oman) and Indonesian ship Dewaruci are bound to say a musical farewell to those on the quayside before they leave. 

After gathering towards Seaton Carew, the fleet will begin the Parade of Sail at 4pm, heading north towards Blackhall Rocks.  Recommended viewing points are Seaton Carew, the Headland and Crimdon.

Around the port crews are preparing to go to sea, for some trainees it will be their first time.  Safety briefings are taking place, training starting and ships being cleaned and prepared for their next passage.  On leaving Hartlepool over half of the fleet will be racing in the North Sea Regatta to Amsterdam, starting tomorrow at 2pm, some 6 miles north of the Headland.  Others will be heading back to their home ports or continuing on their journeys to other parts of the world.


To view all results from the race series, click here

To see more images from The Tall Ships Races, click here.

The Tall Ships Races, presented by Szczecin and organised by Sail Training International.

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