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.