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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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