Tall Ships will be sailing back on to the River Mersey in 2018

10 November 2017

The Biscay Tall Ships Regatta will start from Liverpool and could see up to 30 stunning vessels line the waterfront across the May bank holiday weekend (Friday 25 to Monday 28 May 2018) and coincide with the Mersey River Festival and Northern Boat Show.

The race, which is a celebration of international friendship and understanding, represents countries from all over the world and it will be the fifth time Liverpool has hosted the Tall Ships fleet after having the vessels grace the Mersey in 1984, 1992, 2008 and 2012.

Plans are now underway to develop a programme of activities around the arrival of the vessels which will be berthed at Albert Dock Liverpool and the Cruise Liner Terminal, with additional activities taking place on The Strand, the Pier Head and at the Arena and Convention Centre.

A community participation project will be developed, along with plans to throw a spotlight on all things maritime with water sports activities, special tours, a crew parade, street animation, live music and a beautiful Parade of Sail involving Wirral and Sefton to mark the end of the four days.

Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, said: “The Tall Ships was one of the highlights of 2008 and so it’s fitting they make their return in a year when we celebrate a decade since our unforgettable culture title.

“This is an event which can engage with the wider community and provide an experience that captures the hearts and minds of local people and those who will travel from across the globe to see this stunning sight on the Mersey.

“When it comes to large scale, outdoor events, Liverpool excels, but there is always something particularly special about maritime activities.  The River Mersey defines Liverpool and whenever we host an event on the waterfront, people come out in their thousands to celebrate the contribution it has made to our heritage, our present and our future.

“Now the deal is officially done, the team will begin planning all the details ahead of 2018 and we look forward to working with Bordeaux and the other port city to make this the best Tall Ships Regatta to date!”

The race will be one of a series of internationally significant events which mark a decade since Liverpool was European Capital of Culture. Eighteen for 18 will shine a light on the city’s progress since 2008 and its aspirations moving forward.  Plans are in motion to work with some of the world’s best artists, musicians and cultural organisations to create a programme which will be integrated into the city’s existing annual cultural offer.

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