Plain Sailing

Tall Ships Race – Sunderland 2018 – This weekend!

Everyone might be talking about the football right now, but in the sailing world, there’s something far more exciting than the World Cup final taking place this weekend – the Tall Ships Race are in Sunderland for four days ahead of starting their annual race!

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That means that over fifty massive olde worlde wooden boats will be in one of Britain’s favourite seaside towns for a famous event that draws boats from all around the world. There’s one boat that dates back to 1885 (and it’s still sailing!), and there’s all manner of decks to be trod on, complex rigging to be inspected, and craftsmanship to be admired.

The locals have all gotten into the real spirit of the events – Sunderland used to be a major ship-building town, so the locals know a thing or two about boats – so the Tall Ships Races will also see four days of boat-themed events taking place at or around the port area, a parade through the streets of Sunderland, gala balls to attend, and, for a lucky few, there’s the chance to take a short sail on one of the tall ships.

With the weather forecast to be gloriously sunny, it promises to be a great weekend, and to bring a really positive statement about sailing to people here (and in the other four ports on the race route this year – the race covers over 1,000 nautical miles over three weeks, and is certainly a big challenge to the youngsters on-board from around the world.

Our team are massively looking forwards to attending and sampling the sailing atmosphere – We’re most looking forwards to the sailing parade, when all the ships will sail northwards and past Sunderland’s excellent beaches, like a scene from way back when.

If you see us in our attire, stop us and we’ll give you a voucher for money off your next (first?) ever sailing charter holiday.