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150 days to go until the Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Festival

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Yesterday, the Royal Borough of Greenwich officially launched the 150-day countdown to the Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Festival.
Press and partners were invited to sample a taster of this spectacle when they had the opportunity to climb aboard the magnificent Tall Ship the J R Tolkien.

The ship sailed through the Thames Barrier to Greenwich, passing The O2 and taking in the magnificent views of the Old Royal Naval College, the Cutty Sark and Canary Wharf.

Councillor Chris Roberts, Leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, joined local Tall Ships ambassadors, trainee crew and local volunteers for the event.

On the same day the Royal Greenwich Festivals 2014 was launched with local arts organisations showcasing an eclectic mix of music, dance and performance, giving people a taste of the cultural vibrancy of Royal Greenwich.

Following the launch, the J R Tolkien was opened to members of the public and local groups to give a taste of what’s to come this September.

This September, a fleet of up to 50 Tall Ships from around the world will be sailing from Falmouth in Cornwall to Royal Greenwich in a breathtaking race concluding with an iconic Parade of Sail up the River Thames greeted by hundreds of thousands of people.

From 5-9 September, the Royal Borough of Greenwich will be hosting the first Tall Ships Regatta London has seen in over 25 years. Up to 50 Tall Ships from around the world will be moored along the Greenwich shoreline with daily sails up the River Thames to London Bridge, in the biggest event in the capital since the 2012 Games.

Councillor Chris Roberts, Leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich said: “Royal Greenwich is renowned for its rich maritime history, which attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors to our borough each year and supports thousands of local jobs.

“Building on the success of the Olympics, playing host to London’s first Tall Ships Festival for 25 years will provide us with a fantastic opportunity to boost the local economy even further as the ships sail past our historic maritime landmarks including the Old Royal Naval College and the Cutty Sark.”

Some of the ships signed up so far for the Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Festival include:
• Gulden Leeuw, designed and built as an ocean-going, ice class ship. In combination with the chosen rigging it is a fast, robust ship.
• The Lady of Avenel, a vessel with strong connections to Royal Greenwich. The former training ship was originally fitted out by Wilfred Dowman - owner of the celebrated Cutty Sark.
• Leila, built in Greenwich and returning for the first time. She is one of the five oldest sailing yachts still sailing in the UK, and is included on the National Register of Historic Vessels.
• Queen Galadriel, built in 1937 in Svenborg, Denmark. Queen Galadriel returned to service in May 2004 to continue her role in working with young people.

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