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Interest grows as more sign up for Falmouth Tall Ships event
4:00pm Saturday 26th October 2013 in Cornwall
The list of entries for the Falmouth to Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Race next year is slowly building, with five vessels pledging to take part.
The sloops Helen Mary and John Laing will be in Group D. In Group A Pelican of London and the Mercedes have signed up for the event.
The 100-year-old Dutch ketch Tecla is the first entry in Group B. Originally Tecla was built in Vlaardingen, 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 more than 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.
A family of four now owns her and she is one of the most original and beautiful sail training vessels in Europe.
On board, trainees from all over the world learn how to sail a vessel with a gaff rig and learn how to navigate near land and on open waters.
Tecla has competed in many Tall Ships races and TS regattas, always with a good result. At the moment she is sailing her first circumnavigation, and one of the legs will be the Sydney to Auckland Tall Ships Regatta.
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