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Tall Ships Belfast 2015 - track the vessels as they sail in to Northern Ireland

By Claire Cromie

The spectacular Tall Ships Races 2015 is just days away - and you can track the beautiful vessels as they sail around the globe and into Belfast Lough.

>>To track the ships as they sail into Belfast Lough, click here<<

More than 50 ships will anchor at Belfast Harbour from 2 to 5 July - a few have already berthed - with crews being welcomed by the annual Belfast Maritime Festival.

After a friendly Northern Irish welcome, the fleet will launch from Portrush to race north past the Outer Herbrides and Shetland Islands and across to Aalesund in Norway.

From there the fleet will enjoy a magical cruise through the Norwegian fjords to Kristiansand, before the final race down to Aalborg in Denmark.

Organisers claim that as many as 750,000 people will visit the Belfast festival with a further 500,000 lining the shores along the lough from Belfast to Whitehead as the huge flotilla of ships leaves on Sunday, July 5.

The Belfast Telegraph is the exclusive publisher of the official souvenir programme. It sells at £6 plus p&p and is available to order here.

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The Tall Ships visit Belfast. Picture by The Big Picture Studio.
Gail McIlveen and Jayne Deasy enjoy the Tall Ships. Picture by The Big Picture Studio.
Clare Taylor enjoys the Tall Ships. Picture by The Big Picture Studio.
Martin Hart, Cathy Jordan, Claire Hart have a good time at the Tall Ships. Picture by The Big Picture Studio.
Charlie & Tracey Haldane enjoy watching the Tall Ships. Picture by The Big Picture Studio.
Angela and Jerome Holland take in the sights of the Tall Ships. Picture by The Big Picture Studio.
Dawn McCormick, Pamela Ballentine, Fiona Mc Alpine enjoy the Tall Ships. Picture by The Big Picture Studio.
Catherine and Dawn from Aurora events at the Tall Ships. Picture by The Big Picture Studio.
The Mencap Team have a great time at the Tall Ships. Picture by The Big Picture Studio.
Catherine Knox and Lynsey Murray at the Tall Ships. Picture by The Big Picture Studio.
Hugo and Luther McIlveen enjoying the Tall Ships. Picture by The Big Picture Studio.
Jason, Brenda, Lauren and Will Shankey have a good time at the Tall Ships. Picture by The Big Picture Studio.
The Mencap team get in the mood for the Tall Ships with this magnificent cake. Picture by The Big Picture Studio.
Hugo McIlveen in the Mencap tent at the Tall Ships. Picture by The Big Picture Studio.
Suzy and Luther McIlveen get in the mood for the Tall Ships. Picture by The Big Picture Studio.
The Tall Ships visit Belfast. Picture by The Big Picture Studio.
Couple: Stephen and Corrine after their journey across the Atlantic
Shiver me timbers: Nine-year-old Jack Bennett from Killyleagh in pirate costume for the Tall Ships yesterday
Sunset scene: The Tall Ships are aglow with lights as dusk falls over the Lagan last night
Young people from Canada get their first glimpse of Belfast from the yardarm of the Tall Ship Europa
Europa manoeuvres before tying up at Queen's Quay
Pulling the crowds: The festival hadn't even begun yesterday and already there were hundreds of people thronging Queen's Quay for a look at the Tall Ships as they moored in Belfast
Three of the Tall Ships leave Ballycastle harbour past Fair Head as they set sail for Belfast
Mir at the race start off, Northern Ireland
Cuauhtemoc (Mexico) at the race start off, Northern Ireland
Jolie Brise (UK) at the race start off, Northern Ireland
Stavros S Niarchos in front of the Royal Liver Building, Liverpool Parade of Sail
Libertad (Argentina) at the race start, Toulon
Palinuro (Italy) and Amerigo Vuspucci at race start, Toulon
Capitan Miranda (Uruguay) Barcelona Parade of Sail
Tall Ships in Arhus 2007
Alexander von Humboldt and Danmark at La Coruna race start 2006
Class A race start at La Coruna
Christian Radich at La Coruna race start
John Laing and Sagres in the Cadiz Parade of Sail
Patrulla Aguila Air Display over the 50th Anniversary Tall Ships Races fleet in Cadiz
50th Anniversary Tall Ships Races fleet leaving Lisbon in a Parade of Sail
50th Anniversary Tall Ships Races fleet leaving Lisbon in a Parade of Sail
HRH the Duke of Edinburgh meets captains of vessels taking part in the 50th Anniversary Tall Ships Races
Race start Antwerp 2004
Cuauhtemoc crew man the yards as they arrive in Stockholm
Crowds visiting the Tall Ships Races fleet in Bergen
Mir (Russia) in Alicante Parade of Sail 2007

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