Tall Ships Race 1st to 7th August 2010
The Tall Ships' Races are an internationally acclaimed annual competition organised by Sail Training International and held every summer in European waters.
Each year between 70 and 100 vessels from 15-20 countries, crewed by some 5-6000 young people from over 30 countries worldwide take part in this unique event that combines four days of activities in each port with racing or cruising-in-company between ports.
The main aim of the event is to provide an opportunity for young people to develop their personal skills in a challenging and memorable sail-training environment and hence at least 50% of a Tall Ship's crew must be aged 15-25.
The ships will leave Kristiansand in Norway on Sunday 1st August heading for Hartlepool, a distance of 432 miles or 376 nautical miles or 696 kilometres
The ships will be different sizes and different speeds and some will arrive early, but all ships must be in port at Hartlepool Quays by 12 noon on Saturday 7th August
If you get the chance to visit Hartlepool between the 7th & 10th August, you will have the rare chance of seeing the fleet in full sail very close to shore, very few other ports are so close to the open sea to enable this spectacle.
There's also lots of activities planned, mostly free.............don't miss out!!