Blyth's Tall Ships Set Sail This Bank Holiday Weekend

26 August 2016, 06:00

The 500 nautical mile race from Blyth to Gothenburg, Sweden commences this August Bank Holiday weekend.

A fleet of up to 30 of the worlds largest Tall Ships assemble in Blyth this August Bank Holiday weekend (August 26th - 29th) for the 4 day festival.

The Regatta, hosted by Northumberland County Council, in partnership with the Port of Blyth and Sail Training International, will be one of the largest events ever held in the county and the only UK based Regatta this year.  

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected across the weekend.  

Chief executive, Martin Lawlor, Port of Blyth, said:
"Blyth is a deep water port which is going to make for an exciting 'mobile' event as the Tall Ships will be able to sail in and out of the harbour for short trips, allowing spectators to see them in their full glory on the sea.

"The quayside also offers excellent access so visitors will be able to get fantastic views of the ships and a chance to climb on board and meet the crews."

The largest ships are the Class 'A' vessels and those coming to Blyth include the Shtandart from Russia which is a replica of the 1703 frigate built by Peter the Great. It was built in 1994 at St Petersburg and is 32-metres (100-feet) long.

After the Tall Ships have been in Blyth throughout the weekend they will set off on a 500 nautical mile race to Gothenburg, Sweden.