Tall Ships Festival begins in Dublin Dublin's Tall Ships Festival officially got under way this morning with most of the sailing contestants now berthed on the River Liffey.
Up to 45 ships are docked in along the quays in Dublin
Large crowds attend first day of Dublin's Tall Ships festival Play
The festival, which runs until Sunday, is expected to attract one million visitors and generate up to €30m for the local economy. A Mexican naval training ship, the Cuauhtemoc, was first over the finishing line for the last leg of the race from Spain.
Now I am really wrecked! Went to see the ships take off from the docks. About a quarter of a million other people had the same idea! Great family day! The sun was shining - amazingly! As we were facing the sun, it was difficult to get good photos.
Here are some!
I think this is the Amerigo Vespucci, which is not going to sail until tomorrow. You can get and idea, from comparing with the buildings in the background, how enormous some of these ships were!
Another smaller vessel is getting ready for off!
I think this one was called the Antwerp Flyer. The crowds all cheer and wave to each ship as it passes and the crew wvae and shout back!
Another smaller vessel has taken off!
Unfortunately we had to chose between going to that spot in order to see the boats leaving or other locations to see them out on the ocean in full sail. Will have to see if I can get some photos of them in full sail on the open sea off the TV tomorrow. They looked magnificent.
Last Edit: Aug 26, 2012 21:55:40 GMT -1 by Whisker