The magnificent tall ships will depart Waterford from 7am on Sunday, 3rd July as they head down river to the mouth of the Suir for the start of the Race, with some wonderful vantage points along the coast. Subject to weather conditions, the tall ships will assemble off Dunmore East between 8.30am and 10am.
Most ships will be open to the public from Thursday through to Saturday, from early morning to late evening and admission is free. Over 1,000 crew members from around the world will be welcomed to Waterford and around 100 young people from Ireland will join the ships, as trainee crew members, for the first leg of The Race.
As the ships leave Waterford, they will race around Ireland’s south, west and north coasts to Greenock, Scotland (9th – 12th July). Later, there will be a cruise-in-company from Greenock to Lerwick in the Shetland Isles (21st – 24th July). The second race in the series will then go from Lerwick to Stavanger Norway (28th – 31st July), from where the third and final race will bring the fleet to Halmstad, Sweden from 5th – 8th August.