The Cruise in Company gets underway

Tall Ships Races

The Tall Ships Races 2011 Cruise in Company will get underway on Tuesday, 12 July as the 48 participating vessels set sail from Greenock and head – at a leisurely pace – for their choice of guest harbours up Scotland’s west coast and onward to Orkney and Shetland (between 12 and 21 July).

The majestic ships that have graced Greenock over the last four days will be even more accessible and look particularly spectacular in the beautiful landscape and serene surroundings of Campbeltown, Port Ellen (Islay), Oban, Ullapool, Stornoway, Kirkwall and Stromness (Orkney), and Fair Isle, Scalloway, Yell, Unst and Whalsay (Shetland).

Followers will not only have the opportunity to see how magnificent The Tall Ships really are in the designated harbours, they can share a taste of some real Highlands and Islands hospitality with the crews.

The Tall Ships Races 2011, is presented by Szczecin and organised by Sail Training International a charity with a purpose in the development and education of young people, regardless of nationality, culture, religion, gender or social background, through sail training. The Cruise in Company leg between Greenock and Lerwick in Shetland is the first party in Scotland to stretch for 484 unforgettable nautical miles. 

Paul Bishop, Race Director, Sail Training International said:  “The captains and crews always look forward to the Cruise in Company leg of The Tall Ships Races, and after such a tactical race, I’m sure they will all appreciate a leisurely sail in addition to experiencing a local community welcome from the various harbours involved.   We look forward to meeting the fleet in Lerwick for Race Two which will see them head to Stavanger in Norway in what promises to be an equally exciting challenge!”

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