After a successful three day Tall Ship festival of sail in Dublin Port, up to 17 Tall Ships will depart as a fleet this morning, raising the prospect of a spectacular sight off Dun Laoghaire on the south side of Dublin Bay.
Earlier this week, organisers advised that a planned Tall Ships Parade of Sail would not take place but, according to Afloat.ie sources this morning, it is now the intention for all the Tall Ships presently in the Port to 'depart at 12:00 hours and proceed south-west towards Dun Laoghaire Harbour'.
This means the fleet should be off the Pier about 13:00 hours, subject to weather.
On Thursday last, Southsiders were treated to views of the Tall Ship fleet anchored in the Bay prior to the festival, albeit shrouded in fog.
The Navy ship LE Orla will anchor off the East Pier (approx one mile off ) and the Tall Ships will round her before proceeding South.
UPDATE: Click to see the Parade of Sail Gallery on Dublin Bay