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Spectacular parade of sail finale as London’s Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Festival draws to a close

The Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Festival 2014 will reach a stunning climax today as the vessels take their leave of Royal Greenwich in London in a dramatic parade of sail down the River Thames.

The last five days have seen more than 50 beautiful Tall Ships berthed in Royal Greenwich for a magnificent festival over four sites.

Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Festival

The Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Festival 2014 will reach a stunning climax today as the vessels take their leave of Royal Greenwich in London in a dramatic parade of sail down the River Thames.
 

The last five days have seen more than 50 beautiful Tall Ships berthed in Royal Greenwich for a magnificent festival over four sites.
 

The ships will gather near Maritime Greenwich at around 12pm this afternoon, before departing eastwards in the Parade of Sail along the Thames at around 1.30pm. Taking centre stage will be the Dar Młodzieży, the largest vessel at the event and the first in a series of six sister ships built for the Polish and Russian navy.     
 

Other vessels taking part in Tuesday’s Parade of Sail include:

  • Eye of the Wind, a majestic brigantine built in 1911 which has co-starred in films with Tommy Lee Jones and Jeff Bridges (British)
  • The Shtandart, a modern replica of a Russian navy flagship that was built for Peter the Great in 1703 (Russia)
  • The Atyla a classic schooner representing centuries of accumulated knowledge and skills in the art of Spanish shipbuilding and carpentry (Spain)
  • Tenacious, the largest wooden tall ship of her kind in the world (British)
  • Oosterschelde, the largest restored Dutch sailing ship and a monument for Dutch shipbuilding (Netherlands)
  • Whitbread Round the World racer, the Tomidi (Belgium)

Hundreds of thousands of people have flocked to Greenwich to enjoy a packed programme of entertainment, including activities, music, theatre, fireworks and ship visits – much of which continues today before the Tall Ships take to the River Thames in unison.
 

Gordon Innes, CEO of London & Partners, the Mayor’s promotional company for London, said: “The Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Festival has delighted visitors from across the UK and around the world over recent days. These awe-inspiring vessels have put a spotlight on the spectacular waterfront across the capital’s Royal Borough of Greenwich and showcased the vibrancy and constant reinvention of the world-famous River Thames River Thames. Today’s Parade of Sail is a fitting finale to this celebration of these magnificent vessels.”
 

Councillor Denise Hyland, Leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich added: “The last five days have been absolutely fantastic for Royal Greenwich and I think each and every one of the captains, crew, performers and workers who’ve all helped make this festival a wonderful success. It’s been a real pleasure to welcome so many people into the borough and we know this festival will leave us with a lasting legacy. This won’t be the last time we see Tall Ships in Royal Greenwich and I look forward to welcoming these glorious vessels back at some point in the future.”


For more information about the Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Regatta go to: http://www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk/tallships

Notes to Editors

To apply for media accreditation, to receive media updates and for details of daily media sailings go to: http://www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk/tallships/info/11/media
 

High res images available to download from: http://bit.ly/1pMd0Z2
 

Images available to download via Royal Greenwich Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/royalgreenwich/sets/.


International ships at Tall Ships Regatta:

Poland:

- The ship Kapitan Borchardt

- The ship Dar Mlodziezy

 

The Netherlands:

- The ship Urania

- The ship Thalassa

- The ship Tecla

- The ship Oosterschelde

- The ship Morgenster

- The ship Mercedes

- The ship Loth Lorien

- The ship Lady of Avenel

- The ship JR Tolkien

- The ship Jantje

- The ship Iris

- The ship Gulden Leeuw

- The ship De Gallant

 

Spain:

- The ship Atyla

 

Belgium:

- The ship Tomidi

- The ship Rupel

 

Russia:

- The ship Shtandart

Contact

Media Contacts

Royal Greenwich Press Office
tall-ships-media@royalgreenwich.gov.uk
 

Ellie Wilson
Media & PR Manager – Major Events & Business Tourism
London & Partners
ewilson@londonandpartners.com
+44 (0)20 7234 5709 / +44 (0)7595 654 085