Topsail goes back to Belfast – July 2015

September 24th, 2014 by Guy
Tall Ships Races 2015

Sail Training International’s Tall Ships Races 2015

We’re coming back!

And so are the tall ships…in fact even more than turned up in 2009 when we last worked in Belfast. Up to 80 tall sailing ships will attend the LIDL Belfast Titanic Maritime Festival 2015 next July, including up to 20 of the most impressive – the romantic and evocative mighty square riggers. It is these beauties of the sea which are expected to attract up to a million people to Belfast Harbour and Titanic Quarter.

In 2009 Belfast was the finish port for the Tall Ships Atlantic Challenge, welcoming ships that had raced across the Atlantic from Halifax in Canada. That race had begun in Spain, gone via Bermuda and the United States before visiting Canada prior to the last long run across to Belfast, a most welcoming port for tired sailors. This time, Belfast has the honour of starting the Tall Ships Races proper. Between 2nd and 5th July, the ships will grace Belfast, both opening to the public for free quayside visits but also many will be available for cruises and private parties, both for the public and local businesses wishing to make the most of this special event. That is where we come in, you can keep an eye on developments for all hospitality on this website, or sign up to our Belfast newsletter here to get all updates on available tickets and event slots.

The Titanic Quater

Crowds at the Belfast 2009

Belfast Crowds in 2009

We are very excited indeed to be working on such a big event again! In 2009 we all fell in love a little bit with Belfast – such a friendly and buzzing city, and since then it has undergone so much change. This change can be seen not least in the Titanic Quarter, a thriving new district on the south side of the River Lagan around the famous Harland & Wolff shipbuilding site, birthplace of RMS Titanic amongst many others. The Titanic Quarter these days is a place to work as well as play, and it is still developing. We are excited about working with a fleet of tall ships to evoke this famous maritime area’s past whilst celebrating its vibrant present and future.

Our Belfast 2015 newsletter will keep you informed of what’s on and how you can get involved with the visiting tall ships in a number of ways so make sure you sign up! We’ll let you know about opportunities to party and entertain, take part in the races as a sailor, or just turn up and enjoy the fantastic free entertainment including fireworks, music, food markets and much much more.

Find out the latest news here!

The best fireworks in town!

Best fireworks in town!

Our Belfast 2015 newsletter will keep you informed of what’s on and how you can get involved with the visiting tall ships in a number of ways so make sure you sign up! We’ll let you know about opportunities to party and entertain, take part in the races as a sailor, or just turn up and enjoy the fantastic free entertainment including fireworks, music, food markets and much much more.

Tall Ships are signing up all the time to the race from Belfast, you can keep an eye on all of them here (see the Vessels Entry List) and the ones we will be using for hospitality and cruises we will list at the top of our Tall Ships webpage.

We’ll keep you informed – let us know if you want to get involved!

By Guy Wimpory (guy@topsailevents.co.uk)

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