TALL SHIPS FOR PORTRUSH

Tall Ships Ahoy this June in Bangor!'''''''''''''   North Down Borough Council is excited to announce the arrival of not one but two spectacular tall ships which will be visiting Bangor this June 7th & 8th as part of their Seashore Festival - Ships, Planes, Trains & Automobiles Event.The ships ' The Mercedes and The Golden Lion will be moored alongside The Eisenhower Pier and will be open to the public on both days. And if you fancy sailing the high seas on a tall ship, there will also be opportunities for evening sailings, tickets for these will be on sale closer to the time.The Golden Lion, a 70 metre, three-masted ship was built in 1937 and retains many of the authentic, decorative features from this era. The Mercedes is a 50 metre, twin-masted vessel and can accommodate up to 140 passengers and visitors. Both of these ships promise to be a magnificent sight and will be well worth a visit!As well as the tall ships, there are lots of other things happening around the town on this weekend too. A special stea
Tall Ships Ahoy this June in Bangor!''''''''''''' North Down Borough Council is excited to announce the arrival of not one but two spectacular tall ships which will be visiting Bangor this June 7th & 8th as part of their Seashore Festival - Ships, Planes, Trains & Automobiles Event.The ships ' The Mercedes and The Golden Lion will be moored alongside The Eisenhower Pier and will be open to the public on both days. And if you fancy sailing the high seas on a tall ship, there will also be opportunities for evening sailings, tickets for these will be on sale closer to the time.The Golden Lion, a 70 metre, three-masted ship was built in 1937 and retains many of the authentic, decorative features from this era. The Mercedes is a 50 metre, twin-masted vessel and can accommodate up to 140 passengers and visitors. Both of these ships promise to be a magnificent sight and will be well worth a visit!As well as the tall ships, there are lots of other things happening around the town on this weekend too. A special stea

The Tall Ships are on their way to Portrush this July, The Coleraine Times can exclusively reveal.

Belfast will be the home port for the first race in the 2015 Tall Ships Race series, but our local shores will be the start point of the 2015 race.

Around fifty vessels, with crews from across the globe, are expected in Belfast for the four day festival.

After the tall ships carnival in Belfast, the eyecatching ships will make their way north, and will be docking off the coast of Portrush, on Monday, July 6.

The Coleraine Times understands that race organisers, Sail Training International, will be meeting with Council and the Harbour Master at Portrush later this month to consider health and safety issues, location suitability and classification start times.

Sail Training International have provided the following information on their website.

“The planned starting point is approximately five miles off Portrush at 55.16N 006.48W - but this may be subject to change.

“Sail Training International will be managing the arrangements for this and are taking local advice on location suitability.

“The route from Whitehead to the race start area (Portrush) will be a free passage, but some vessels will probably arrive in the start area in the early hours of the Monday morning and could choose to anchor for some hours before starting.

“The vessels that do not anchor will also get in closer than five miles to position themselves for the start of the race.”

When the vessels leave our north coast shores, the fleet will race north past the Outer Herbrides and Shetland Islands and across to Aalesund in Norway.

From there the fleet will sail through the Norwegian fjords to Kristiansand, before the final race down to Aalborg in Denmark.