Tall Ships Belfast 2015

This July Belfast, the maritime city, will host a celebration of sailing as it welcomes the Tall Ships 2015.

Tall Ships Races 

From 2 to 5 July 2015 tall ships from across the globe will anchor in Belfast for the start of The Tall Ships Races 2015. This is the third time that Belfast has hosted the races, having previously welcomed the ships in 1991 and 2009. Both previous visits were incredibly popular; in 2009 around 800,000 spectators came to the four-day event, when a flotilla of 40 ships berthed along the city's quays. 

In 2015 the event is expected to attract 500,000 people, with another 500,000 watching the ships arrive and leave along the Northern Ireland and Irish coasts. The ships will be berthed in and around Belfast Harbour and the Titanic Quarter area.

How many ships are expected?

In 2009 over 40 vessels were welcomed and the 2015 event promises to be even bigger! Up to 80 Tall Ships are expected in Belfast from Thursday 2 July to Sunday 5 July for the Tall Ships Races 2015.

A number of ships have already been signed up for the race, including some Class A vessels. A Class A is an all square rigged vessel or a vessel over 40 metres in length regardless of rig. 

Titanic Belfast Visitor Experience

After the Tall Ships leave Belfast on 5 July, they will visit the following ports:

    Aalesund, Norway 15 - 18 July
    Kristiansand, Norway 25 - 28 July
    Aalborg, Denmark 1 - 4 August

For more information and to join in the excitement this summer, visit www.tallshipsbelfast.com.

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