We’re delighted to announce that the international fleet will return to Liverpool, Dublin and Bordeaux as part of the Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta 2018.
This two-leg event, taking place over the summer of 2018 in north-west Europe, will see a magnificent fleet sail from Liverpool, U.K. to Dublin, Republic of Ireland, and then to Bordeux, France, in an exciting race through the Irish Sea, Celtic Sea and Bay of Biscay.
“The Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta 2018 offers a great opportunity for the captains and crews to experience exciting racing in between three attractive and vibrant host ports.
“Liverpool has successfully hosted the Tall Ships Races and Regattas in 1984, 1992, 2008, and 2012. Tall Ships fleets have enjoyed going to Dublin in 1998 and 2012 for the Tall Ships Races, and once in Bordeaux in 1990.
“Race one will be around a number of strategically placed Way Points in the Irish Sea, which will create close racing, with many of the fleet staying in sight of each other until the finish line off Dublin. There will then be a transit to the race two start off the south-east coast of Ireland, before racing the 480-mile leg into warmer waters across the Bay of Biscay.
“This exciting Regatta series will conclude in Bordeaux, where the crews will be able to enjoy the biennial international Wine Festival. We hope that this pre-summer Regatta will be attractive to many vessel operators.”
Paul Bishop, Race Director, Sail Training International.
Liverpool has hosted a Tall Ships event four times before (1984, 1992, 2008, and 2012). This will be the fifth event and will mark the 10-year anniversary of Liverpool being named the “European Capital of Culture”. The event will also coincide with the International Mersey River Festival, a three day celebration of Liverpool’s wonderful and historic waterfront.
The Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta 2018 will be the first time that Dublin has hosted a Tall Ships event since 2012 and will help the Irish capital celebrate the Dublin RiverFest. The last event saw visitor numbers topping 1.25 million, and it showcased Dublin’s ability to host international events, with more than 2,000 trainees and crew members visiting the city.
Bordeaux is the final port of the Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta 2018. It’s located on a bend of the Garonne River, around 500 km south-west of Paris. The vibrant capital of south-west France hasn’t hosted a Tall Ships event since 1990, and this one just happens to coincide with the leading European wine festival, Bordeaux Fête le Vin (Bordeaux Wine Festival), which will celebrate its 20th anniversary during the event.