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Waterford Tall Ships Races 2011 Participant Sails into Dublin

22nd September 2010
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Waterford Tall Ships Races 2011 Participant Sails into Dublin

The Jubilee Sailing Trust's (JST) three-masted 'flagship' STS Lord Nelson arrived into Dublin today (Wednesday) as part of her sail-training programme. The barque is one of over 30 tall ships so far confirmed out of an expected 70 entrants for next year's Tall Ships Races starting from Waterford, writes Jehan Ashmore.

The famous race consists of three race legs, which starts with a customary 'Parade of Sail' that will depart from Waterford on 3 July 2011. The sailing spectacle is eagerly awaited and will mark the final day of the four-day long maritime festival that the 'Crystal' city is to host for the second time. As in 2005, the tall ships will grace both sides of the city quays along the River Suir from 30 June-3 July.

In the 'A' class tall ships (the large square-rigged vessels) the Lord Nelson will be sharing this category with a further six ships representing these impresssive vessels to include Christian Radich, Europa and the Polish Pogoria, which also called to Dublin recently.

The Lord Nelson will participate in the first race between Waterford and Greenock. From the Scottish port the tall ships will 'Cruise-In-Company' to Lerwick, the capital of the Shetland Islands. The race then crosses the North Sea to Stavanger, Norway and the final leg is to culminate in the Swedish west coast port of Halmstad in early August.

The Lord Nelson was designed by Colin Mudie and is specifically constructed to enable people of all physical abilities to sail side-by-side as equals. The vessel has an overall length of 54.7m and when under canvas (1,024m2) that's all 18 sails, Lord Nelson can achieve around 10 knots.

In addition to Lord Nelson, the JST which is run as a registered charity operates the SV Tenacious. Likewise this barque is designed for the same purpose and they can claim to be the only tall ships in the world having this distinction of providing sailing opportunities for all.

Since the charity started in 1978, over 36,000 people have sailed with the trust. Of those, over 24,000 people have sailed onboard Lord Nelson, which was launched in 1986, and 12,000 have sailed on Tenacious which was launched in 2000.

The countdown for the Waterford Tall Ships Races 2011 continues with less than 281 days to go!...The prestigious event is organised by Sail Training International in association with Szczecin.

Looking for further reading on Tall Ships in Ireland? Click the links below:

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Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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