First ship signs up to 2014 Falmouth to Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Regatta (From This is The West Country)
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First ship signs up to 2014 Falmouth to Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Regatta
5:10pm Monday 19th August 2013 in Cornwall
The first vessel has signed up to take part in next year's Falmouth to Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Regatta.
This is the Dutch gaff rigged ketch Tecla, which it is hoped will be among 30 ships involved in the event.
There has been a great deal of interest from ships about the 2014 regatta, since event organisers sent out an invitation to ships to take part. With just over 12 months until the start of the event, ships are planning their itineraries for the 2014 racing season.
Sam Groom, festivals and events manager at Visit Cornwall, Cornwall Development Company's tourism service, said: “We are very much looking forward to welcoming Tecla back to Falmouth for this exciting event.
"Interest from the ships is now building; we hope to have at least 30 ships take part in the regatta and have been working hard to promote Falmouth's long established commitment to sail training and hosting Tall Ships to ships Captains across the world.
“The ships are also attracted by the number of trainees taking part in the race, the crew entertainment and activities that are organised whilst they are in port and the corporate hospitality opportunities we can offer.”
Ships will arrive in Falmouth for three days of preparation, celebrations and festivities from Thursday, August 28 to Saturday, August 30 before the race start on Sunday, August 31. The tall ships will race to the finish line off the Isle of Wight, before making their way to Royal Greenwich for a further five days of celebrations on the Tames.
Originally Tecla was built in Vlaardingen in 1915, in the south of Holland, as a fishing boat for herrings. Launched under the name of Graaf van Limburg Stirum she fished the Doggersbank for over ten years. As the fishing fleet shrunk she was sold to Denmark to become a freighter under the name of Tecla. She returned to Holland in the 1980s to be re-fitted as a sail training vessel.
Tecla has competed in the Tall Ships Races in 2008 and the Funchal 500 Tall Ships Races, when she was last in Falmouth. She went on to come first in her Class from Ilhavo, Portugal to Funchal, Madeira.
With a hull length of 28 metres, capable of taking 22 crew and trainees, Tecla will be moored in Falmouth, where the public will be able to see the ship at close quarters. Further details about Tecla, her logbook and image gallery can be seen at www.tecla.nl.
There will be opportunities for individuals to take part in the race as trainees on board ships. Cornwall Marine Network will be coordinating signing up for trainees; for more information contact email@example.com.
For all essential information about the regatta in Falmouth see www.falmouthtallships.co.uk, on Facebook 'Tall Ships Falmouth 2014' or Twitter @tallships_2014 #tallships
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