Fishing vessel
Tecla, registration number KW143, was built in 1915 in Vlaardingen, by de Jong, to plunder the rich North Sea fishing zones of herring. Launched under the name Graaf van Limburg Stirum, she fished as one of the last true commercial sailing vessels for 10 years before being forced into early retirement in Katwijk Harbour, Holland. In 1935 she was sold to Denmark and christened Tekla. She sailed the coastal waters of the Denmark transporting heavy grain, stone and turf between the Danish islands. In 1958 she was fitted with her first motor.

Charter vessel
Tecla returned to Holland in the 1979 to be re-fitted as a charter sailing vessel. In 1989 she started her new sailing live as a charter–sailing-vessel with guests. In February 2006 the sailing family, (65 years of sailing experiences!) Bouwman/Sluik bought this beautiful lady 2006, and since 2007, they sail all the Tall Ship Races, like the Trans-Atlantic Challenge, and the Historical Seas with good results. This summer she will  join the whole 2011 Tall ship Races. And you can be part of this big sailing family, just sign in!

After two years of preparations involving an estimated 13,760 hours of voluntary effort, Waterford successfully hosted The Tall Ships Races 2011 from June 30-July 3.
It’s estimated that 500,000 people enjoyed the spectacle in the city and along the Suir Estuary. To all those individuals and organisations that made this huge international event possible and to the people of Waterford who embraced the occasion brilliantly – thank you. To those who visited Waterford, we look forward to welcoming you back soon and invite you to visit www.discoverwaterfordcity.ie to keep up-to-date on what’s happening in Ireland’s oldest city. To the sail training family at the heart of The Tall Ships Races, we look forward to your return!

Here we showcase a small selection of Dylan Vaughan’s photography from four magical days.