Ships ahoy as vessels sail into the city
Source: Liverpool Echo
The last two tall ships in the inaugural Irish Sea Tall Ships Regatta were due to dock late last night and join the rest of the fleet in Albert and Canning Docks.
The British barquentine Pelican and Polish schooner Kapitan Borchardt spent a rocky night at Liverpool Cruise Terminal stage waiting for the wind to drop and enter Canning Dock.
In spite of some stormy weather while racing around the Irish Sea, the 11-strong fleet will make the deadline for public opening today.
Among those tall ships arriving yesterday was the Dutch gaff schooner Gallant with eight young people from Liverpool including the ECHO Regatta prize competition winners.
These included Shelby Whelan, 17, from Walton.
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She said: “It was really good and I’d definitely do it again. I felt a bit sick on the first day and then I was fine. It was quite an experience going through the big waves in the rain.”
“We’re taking part in the crew parade this afternoon and bought baby animal costumes in Dublin to wear.”
The first tall ship in yesterday was Johanna Lucretia with 10-strong trainee crew including Alex Beigan, 15, from Waterloo; Josh Davies, 17, from Gateacre; Ben and Matt Giblin, 19 and 22 respectively, from Ormskirk.
Josh Davies, from King David School, Childwall, said: “It’s been really good sailing. I’m going to study physics so seeing the stars on clear nights has been great.”
Ben Giblin said: “I’ve liked sailing at night when the moon was out and it wasn’t pouring down with rain.
His brother Matt agreed and added: “The most fun I had was crawling out on the bowsprit above the sea when we’re cruising along at eight knots.”
Alex Beigan said: “I’m just loved being aboard and enjoying the experience. When you’re on night watches it was great seeing ships pass us all lit up.”
The second mate, James Steevenson, from Salisbury, Wiltshire, said: “I’d never sailed until four months ago, but I broke my collar bone in a ski-ing accident and wanted something different and stayed on.”
There will be plenty of visitor entertainment on the Albert and Canning docksides today and tomorrow. It will include shanty groups, street theatre, children’s arts and craft activities.
Most of the tall ships will be open today and tomorrow from 11am to 5pm, but will close for lunch.
The crew parade is at 2pm from Albert Dock and the Regatta fleet will prepare to leave on Sunday from 10.30am, forming a Parade of Sail in the river at 1pm.
This will coincide with the Merchant Navy Day ceremony at Pier Head at 1.15pm, which begins with a service at Our Lady & St Nicholas parish church, Chapel Street, at noon.
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