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YHA The Royal Greenwich Regatta
    16/04/2014 12:13

The Royal Greenwich Regatta

The Royal Greenwich Regatta

The Royal Borough of Greenwich will host London’s largest Tall Ships event in 25 years, thanks to an agreement between the Royal Borough of Greenwich and Sail Training International. The event, involving up to 50 of the most spectacular Tall Ships in the world, will take place in September 2014 and will be the first major Tall Ships event since London hosted the Tall Ships Race in 1989.

Royal Greenwich is widely recognised as a premier destination for culture; its rich mix of arts and entertainment helping to attract more than 18 million visitors from all over the UK and worldwide every year. Tourism in Royal Greenwich already generates £774 million every year for the local economy, supporting nearly 12,000 local jobs.

Royal Greenwich boasts the longest river front in London making it the best place to host the Tall Ships Regatta. This will provide a stunning visual display as well as opportunities for local young people to experience sailing on the high seas.

Event Outline
From 5th - 9th September 2014, the Royal Borough of Greenwich will be hosting the first Tall Ships Regatta London has seen in over 25 years. Up to 50 Tall Ships from around the world will be moored in East London, cruising the Thames up to London Bridge daily.

The ships will start off from the port of Falmouth, Cornwall and race to the Isle of Wight. After the race, the ships will cruise in company to Royal Greenwich.

The high-profile London event will include five days of festivities on landside festival village sites and along the River Thames, with attractions for the public.

These events are free entry and un-ticketed with entertainment and ship visits free of charge.

The tall ships are organised by Sail Training International, a global organisation which aims to provide young people with the opportunity to develop new skills, build confidence and learn how to work in a team – while having the time of their lives!

The Ships and River Activity
Organised by Sail Training International, the Tall Ships will be in England this summer for 13 days of sailing and shore-side activities.

The ships will gather in Falmouth from 28 August, when the Cornish town will host three days of activities. On Sunday 31st August 2014, the Tall Ships will pass between Henry VIII’s twin Tudor castles of Pendennis and St Mawes in a Parade of Sail to the start line in Falmouth Bay. The ships will then race eastwards to the finish line just off the Isle of Wight.

The tall ships will arrive in London on Thursday 4th September and Friday 5th September, marking the start of a festival of ship visits, cruises, maritime-themed entertainment and family activities.

Some of the world’s largest and most spectacular tall ships, up to 110 metres long, will feature at the event and ships will be moored at key sites along the River Thames including:

- Royal Arsenal Riverside
- Maritime Greenwich
- West India Dock at Canary Wharf
- Enderby Wharf (Greenwich Peninsula)
- Victoria Deep Water Terminal (Greenwich Peninsula)
A complete list of all registered ships is available at

The Tall Ships Festival Village Sites
An extensive programme of events and attractions will entertain visitors and provide a festival atmosphere along the river.

The key festival village areas will be at:

- The UNESCO World Heritage Site in Greenwich - including Cutty Sark Gardens, the Old Royal Naval College and the National Maritime Museum.
- The Royal Arsenal Woolwich.

Entertainment will include bandstand-style stages with music and performances throughout the day and evening, and cultural entertainment each evening once the ship visits have closed.

There will be a range of have-a-go activities, historical re-enactments, strolling performers, exhibitions, and funfair rides open from 10am to the evening.

On Saturday, the Crew Parade will process through Greenwich town centre – this is a Tall Ships event tradition featuring 1,000 Tall Ship crew members and marching bands.

The event will also feature a Peixos Sarruga carnival procession through the streets of Greenwich, directed by the team behind the Greenwich Docklands International Festival and the 2012 Paralympics Opening Ceremony.

Each day, there will be strolling entertainers and pop-up performance areas at West India Dock and Victoria Deep Water.

There will be spectacular fireworks displays on Friday 5th September and Saturday 6th September at Royal Greenwich and Royal Arsenal Woolwich. Tall ships will gather on the river to give passengers a spectacular view of the fireworks providing a magnificent skyline across the water and evoking maritime London’s history on a dramatic scale.

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