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Tall Ships gave Belfast a £10m windfall, let's get them back

Hopes for armada's return, but it will be 2019 at the earliest

By Christopher Woodhouse

Published 07/07/2015

Tall ships on their way to the North Coast for the start of the Race to Norway. PICTURE STEVEN MCAULEY/MCAULEY MULTIMEDIA
Tall ships on their way to the North Coast for the start of the Race to Norway. PICTURE STEVEN MCAULEY/MCAULEY MULTIMEDIA
Tall ships on their way to the North Coast for the Race to Norway. PICTURE STEVEN MCAULEY/MCAULEY MULTIMEDIA
Tall ships on their way to the North Coast for the Race to Norway. PICTURE STEVEN MCAULEY/MCAULEY MULTIMEDIA
Tall ships on their way to the North Coast for the Race to Norway. PICTURE STEVEN MCAULEY/MCAULEY MULTIMEDIA
Fireworks at the Tall Ships maritime festival in Belfast Pic Pacemaker
Fireworks at the Tall Ships maritime festival in Belfast Pic Pacemaker
Tall Ships sail away from the City's dock to start the Tall Ships races 2015 from Belfast. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
A photographer with the Guayas The Tall Ships parade as it leaves Belfast Harbour for the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl. Picture by Kevin Scott / Press Eye.
The Firework Display on Saturday Night at Belfast Harbour for the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl. Picture by Kevin Scott / Press Eye.
The Firework Display on Saturday Night at Belfast Harbour for the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl. Picture by Kevin Scott / Press Eye.
Hot air balloons during the Tall Ships Maritime festival at the City's dock in Belfast. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
The Firework Display on Saturday Night at Belfast Harbour for the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl. Picture by Kevin Scott / Press Eye.
Fireworks at the Tall Ships maritime festival in Belfast Pic Pacemaker
The Red Arrows at Belfast Harbour for the final day of the 2015 Tall Ships Race at Belfast. Pic: Kevin Scott / Press Eye.
Going out with a bang: Spectacular fireworks on the final night of the Belfast Tall Ships 2015 at Belfast. Pic: McAuley Multimedia.
Tall ships depart Belfast port as they form a parade on route to near Castlerock to start the next leg of their journey to Norway. Pic: Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia.
Tall ships depart Belfast port as they form a parade on route to near Castlerock to start the next leg of their journey to Norway. Pic: Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia.
Tall ships depart Belfast port as they form a parade on route to near Castlerock to start the next leg of their journey to Norway. Pic: Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia.
Tall ships depart Belfast port as they form a parade on route to near Castlerock to start the next leg of their journey to Norway. Pic: Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia.
The Tall Ships leaving Belfast at the end of the four-day maritime festival. Pic: Matt Mackey/Presseye.
HMS Northumberland leads the parade of sail from Belfast on Sunday as the Tall Ships leave Belfast at the end of the four-day maritime festival. Pic: Matt Mackey/Presseye.
Tall ships depart Belfast port as they form a parade on route to near Castlerock to start the next leg of their journey to Norway. Pic: Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia.
The Red Arrows fly past Titanic Belfast towards Carrickfergus Castle at the end of theTall Ships maritime festival. Pic: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker.
The Red Arrows fly past Titanic Belfast towards Carrickfergus Castle at the end of theTall Ships maritime festival. Pic: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker.
The Red Arrows fly past Kilroot Power Station at the end of theTall Ships maritime festival. Pic: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker.
The Tall Ships sail away from Belfast port. Pic: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker.
The Tall Ships sail away from Belfast port. Pic: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker.
The Tall Ships leave Belfast Harbour on the final day of the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race. Pic: Kelvin Boyes/Presseye.
The Tall Ships leave Belfast Harbour on the final day of the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race. Pic: Kelvin Boyes/Presseye.
The Tall Ships leave Belfast Harbour on the final day of the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race. Pic: Kelvin Boyes/Presseye.
The Tall Ships leave Belfast Harbour on the final day of the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race. Pic: Kelvin Boyes/Presseye.
The Tall Ships leave Belfast Harbour on the final day of the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race. Pic: Kelvin Boyes/Presseye.
The Red Arrows at Belfast Harbour for the final day of the 2015 Tall Ships Race at Belfast. Pic: Kevin Scott / Press Eye.
PSNI helicopter view of the Tall Ships
PSNI helicopter view of the Tall Ships
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Saturday 4th July 2015 - Tall Ships - Day 3 Conor and Eoghan McEarlean at Belfast Harbour for the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl. Picture by Kevin Scott / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th June 2015 - The Acro-Chaps with Danielle McCrea from Belfast at Belfast Harbour for the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl. Picture by Andrew Paton / Press Eye.
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Saturday 4th July 2015 - Tall Ships - Day 3 Conor and Eoghan McEarlean at Belfast Harbour for the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl. Picture by Kevin Scott / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th June 2015 - Abi and Jake Hanvey from Portadown at Belfast Harbour for the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl. Picture by Andrew Paton / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th June 2015 - Abi Hanvey from Portadown at Belfast Harbour for the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl. Picture by Andrew Paton / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th June 2015 - Jackie, Min, Glenn. Abi and Jake Hanvey from Portadown at Belfast Harbour for the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl. Picture by Andrew Paton / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th June 2015 - General view of Belfast Harbour for the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl. Picture by Andrew Paton / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th June 2015 - General view of Belfast Harbour for the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl. Picture by Andrew Paton / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th June 2015 - The Acro-Chaps at Belfast Harbour for the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl. Picture by Andrew Paton / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th June 2015 - General view of Belfast Harbour for the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl. Picture by Andrew Paton / Press Eye.
2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Queen's Quay at Belfast Harbour for the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Queen's Quay at Belfast Harbour for the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
(L-R) Aran and Sophie Bodor from Hungary at Belfast Harbour during the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race. Pic: Declan Roughan/Press Eye.
Queen's Quay at Belfast Harbour for the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Chris Evans and Alex Jones from BBC One's The One Show visit the BBC Experience, Belfast, at Pollock Dock at the Tall Ships event. Photo: William Cherry / Presseye
Olympic Gold winning sailor Shirley Robertson OBE, BBC Northern Ireland's Gavin Andrews, Claire McCollum and Barra Best. Photo: William Cherry / Presseye
Incredible photo from PSNI airsupport of Tall Ships Belfast 2015. Picture @PoliceServiceNI
Incredible photo from PSNI airsupport of Tall Ships Belfast 2015. Picture @PoliceServiceNI
Visitors enjoy the day at the Tall Ships event in Belfast
Visitors enjoy the day at the Tall Ships event in Belfast
(L-R) Jonathan and Rachael Lawrence from Magherafelt at Belfast Harbour during the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race. Pic: Declan Roughan/Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd July 2015 - General views of members of the public watching street performers at Belfast Harbour during the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd July 2015 - General views at Belfast Harbour during the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 3rd July 2015 - General views at Belfast Harbour during the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 3rd July 2015 - General views at Belfast Harbour during the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 3rd July 2015 - General views at Belfast Harbour during the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 3rd July 2015 - General views at Belfast Harbour during the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 3rd July 2015 - General views at Belfast Harbour during the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 3rd July 2015 - General views at Belfast Harbour during the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Eddie and Allison Chesnut with Grace, Dan and Ben from Ballymena at Belfast Harbour during the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships. Pic: Declan Roughan/Press Eye.
Visitors enjoy the day at the Tall Ships event in Belfast
Visitors enjoy the day at the Tall Ships event in Belfast
Visitors enjoy the day at the Tall Ships event in Belfast
Visitors enjoy the day at the Tall Ships event in Belfast
Visitors enjoy the day at the Tall Ships event in Belfast
Tall Ships Belfast 2015. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Lord Mayor of Belfast Councillor Arder Carson pictured with crew from Guayas a tall ship that hails from Ecuador. Photo: Presseye
Photographer ?Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 2nd July 2015 Belfast Harbour hosts the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl. Lord Mayor of Belfast Councillor Arder Carson pictured with crew from Guayas a tall ship that hails from Ecuador.
Hugh and Ruth Dillon with Haydn and Nicholas Dillon at Belfast Harbour during the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race. Pic: Declan Roughan/Press Eye.
Sam and Faith Hamilton. Photo: Presseye
Tall Ships Belfast. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Tall Ships Belfast. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Tall Ships Belfast 2015. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Tall Ships Belfast 2015. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Tall Ships Belfast 2015. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Tall Ships Belfast 2015. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Tall Ships Belfast 2015. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Tall Ships Belfast 2015. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Tall Ships Belfast 2015. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Cisne Branco is a tall ship of the Brazilian Navy. Photograph by Alan Montague
Tall Ships Belfast. Photograph by Alan Montague
Lee Taylor, Riona O'Kane, Stephen Scott, Kayleigh Scott, Chloe Scott, and Keeva Todd at Belfast Harbour during the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race. Pic: Declan Roughan/Press Eye.
Tall Ships Belfast. Photograph by Alan Montague
Tall Ships Belfast. Photograph by Alan Montague
Tall Ships Belfast. Photograph by Alan Montague
Panoramic shot of Titanic Quarter Belfast and Cisne Branco tall ship. Photograph by Alan Montague
The new Lagan Weir Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge provides a great view of the Tall Ships Belfast. Photograph by Alan Montague
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd July 2015 Sight seeing at Belfast Harbour for the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl. Picture by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd July 2015 Leona Strain and Tina Poland of the Belfast Met at Belfast Harbour for the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl. Picture by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd July 2015 The Gulden Leeuw from the Netherlands at Belfast Harbour for the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl. Picture by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd July 2015 Jessica (4) and Jake (8) at Belfast Harbour for the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl. Picture by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd July 2015 Guarding the Cisne Branco from Brasil at Belfast Harbour for the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl. Picture by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd July 2015 Sun bathing at Belfast Harbour for the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl. Picture by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye
Amelia Wojcik from Poland at Belfast Harbour during the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race. Pic: Declan Roughan/Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd July 2015 Coffee time on the Gulden Leeuw from the Netherlands at Belfast Harbour for the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl. Picture by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd July 2015 Saftey First at Belfast Harbour for the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl. Picture by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd July 2015 Ship shape on the Cisne Branco from Brasil at Belfast Harbour for the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl. Picture by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd July 2015 Having a break on the Navy Sail Training Ship at Belfast Harbour for the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl. Picture by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd July 2015 Fryderyk Chopin from Poland berthing at Belfast Harbour for the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl. Picture by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd July 2015 The Fryderyk Chopin berthing at Belfast Harbour for the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl. Picture by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye
Ellen, Ursula and Catherine Cross at Belfast Harbour during the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race. Pic: Declan Roughan/Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd July 2015 Little Jessica Johnston (4) at Belfast Harbour for the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl. Picture by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye
Pictured is a tall ship arriving in the Belfast Lough on Wednesday Morning amid a sunrise. Picture - Joyce Craig
Wednesday 1st July 2015 Tall Ships have arrivied in Belfast.
Carter Dorrian (7) from Lagmore loves the Tall Ships.
Marion QWalsh, Kay Smyth and Lorna Bolster.
Tom O'Connor, David Homes, Keela Homes and Sophie O'Connor at Belfast Harbour during the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race. Pic: Declan Roughan/Press Eye..
Wednesday 1st July 2015 Tall Ships have arrivied in Belfast.
The Rupel, one of the 50 tall ships taking part in the 2015 tall ships race arrives in Belfast harbour.
Crew members on Rupel, one of the 50 tall ships taking part in the 2015 tall ships race arriving in Belfast harbour.
The Brazilian Cisne Branco (white swan), one of the 50 tall ships taking part in the 2015 tall ships race docked in Belfast harbour.
The Brazilian Cisne Branco (white swan), one of the 50 tall ships taking part in the 2015 tall ships race docked in Belfast harbour.
Crewmen Anna Larsson from Sweden on board a 48 metre Brig, Morgenster Den Helder 1919 , which takes a crew of 36, at the quayside ahead of the Belfast Tall Ship Festival.
2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl.
2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl.
2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl.
2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl.
2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl.
2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl.
2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl.
John Morton Harbour Master Causeway Coast and Glens Council with Marvi Kashkoush and the Fist Mate of Europa at Ballycastle Bay.
The captain of Europa with Chris McCaughan Aine McAuley and David McAuley. PICTURE MCAULEY MULTIMEDIA
Steven McAuley on board Europa anchored at Ballycastle Bay. PICTURE MCAULEY MULTIMEDIA
John Morton and Caroline Carey from Causeway Coast and Glens Council present a Giants Causeway Clock to crew of Europa at Ballycastle Harbour. PICTURE MCAULEY MULTIMEDIA
Lee Taylor and Riona O' Kane of the Belfast Telegraph are (L-R) Matthew and Amy Smyth from Dundonald at at Belfast Harbour during the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race. Pic: Declan Roughan/Press Eye.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ? Wednesday 1st July 2015 Tall Ships have arrivied in Belfast.
2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl.
Chris McCaughan presents teh captain of Europa with Whiskey from the Worlds oldest Distillery at Bushmills. Picture McAULEY MULTIMEDIA
Carter Dorrian (7) from Lagmore loves the Tall Ships.
Tim Harding, Jillian Rea, Patricia McDonald, Eoin Rea and Isobella Rea at Belfast Harbour during the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race. Pic: Declan Roughan/Press Eye.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ? Wednesday 1st July 2015 Tall Ships have arrivied in Belfast.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ? Wednesday 1st July 2015 Tall Ships have arrivied in Belfast.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ? Wednesday 1st July 2015 Tall Ships have arrivied in Belfast.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ? Wednesday 1st July 2015 Tall Ships have arrivied in Belfast.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ? Wednesday 1st July 2015 Tall Ships have arrivied in Belfast. Crew of the Cisne Branco from Brasil.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ? Wednesday 1st July 2015 Tall Ships have arrivied in Belfast. Crew of the Cisne from Brasil
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ? Wednesday 1st July 2015 Tall Ships have arrivied in Belfast. Crew of the Cisne Branco from Brasil.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ? Wednesday 1st July 2015 Tall Ships have arrivied in Belfast. Crew of the Cisne Branco from Brasil.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ? Wednesday 1st July 2015 Tall Ships have arrivied in Belfast. Crew of the Cisne Branco from Brasil.
Belfast Harbour gears up for the arrival of the Tall Ships ahead of this weekend's Tall Ships festival. A sailor from the Brazilian Navy works on the rigging onboard Brazil Naval vessel The Cisne Branco. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast Harbour gears up for the arrival of the Tall Ships ahead of this weekend's Tall Ships festival. Some ships have already docked in Belfast and set up for the weekend ahead. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast Harbour gears up for the arrival of the Tall Ships ahead of this weekend's Tall Ships festival. Some ships have already docked in Belfast and set up for the weekend ahead. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast Harbour gears up for the arrival of the Tall Ships ahead of this weekend's Tall Ships festival. A sailor from the Brazilian Navy works on the rigging onboard Brazil Naval vessel The Cisne Branco. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast Harbour gears up for the arrival of the Tall Ships ahead of this weekend's Tall Ships festival. A tourist poses beside the Brazil Naval vessel The Cisne Branco. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast Harbour gears up for the arrival of the Tall Ships ahead of this weekend's Tall Ships festival. A Sailor from the Brazilian Navy onboard Brazil Naval vessel The Cisne Branco. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast Harbour gears up for the arrival of the Tall Ships ahead of this weekend's Tall Ships festival. Colin Crooks(8) pictured at Seamark in Co. Down looking for the Tall Ships as they enter Belfast Lough. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
1st July 2015 Belfast Harbour gears up for the arrival of the Tall Ships ahead of this weekend's Tall Ships festival. Sailors from the Brazilian Navy onboard Brazil Naval vessel The Cisne Branco. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
1st July 2015 Belfast Harbour gears up for the arrival of the Tall Ships ahead of this weekend's Tall Ships festival. As the cruise ship Royal Princess leaves Belfast Lough a Tall Ship makes its way towards Belfast harbour to dock. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
1st July 2015 Belfast Harbour gears up for the arrival of the Tall Ships ahead of this weekend's Tall Ships festival. Harvey Thompson(5) pictured at Seamark in Co. Down looking for the Tall Ships as they enter Belfast Lough. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
30th June 2015 Belfast Telegraph promotion for its Tall Ships 2015 programme ahead of this weekend's Tall Ships Festival. Left to right. Jamie(6) and Carson Jamieson with Regan(8) and Reuben Hanna(6) Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
PACEMAKER BELFAST 30/06/2015 Blue Sky at the Odyssey on tuesday as the sunshine expected across Northern Ireland ahead of the tall ships coming to Belfast. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
PACEMAKER BELFAST 30/06/2015 Blue Sky at the Odyssey on tuesday as the sunshine expected across Northern Ireland ahead of the tall ships coming to Belfast. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Ballycastle Sea Captain Chris McCaughan and his dog biscuit with Tall ship Europa at Ballycastle Harbour ahead of the Tall Ships visit to Belfast. PICTURE STEVEN MCAULEY/MCAULEY MULTIMEDIA
PRESS RELEASE IMAGE NO FEE Belfast - Northern Ireland - Thursday 25th June 2015 - Photographer - Darren Kidd Press Eye Lidl Northern Ireland Invites You To The Belfast Tall Ships Races 2015 With less than a week to go, Rebekah Shirley is inviting everyone to experience the Tall ShipsÕ Races from 02 Ð 05 July when Lidl Northern Ireland will be the host port sponsor at the Belfast Titanic Maritime Festival. As well as capturing the sights of up to 50 traditionally rigged sailing vessels which will dock in the city, visitors can enjoy numerous fun family activities throughout the 4-day festival. The Lidl marquee will host cookery demonstrations by chefs Dean Coppard and Ian Orr and children can enjoy storytelling and magic tricks. While over in Barrow Square, dozens of wooden Victorian games will be set up for those with a competitive side. Talented local artists discovered through a Lidl social media competition will also feature on the main stage in the Odyssey Arena. The highlight of the entertainment will be on Saturday when BritainÕs Got Talent sensation, Jesse-Jane McParland, will perform her famous martial arts routine. Since opening their first store in Northern Ireland in 1999, Lidl have been deep-rooted and fully engaged in their local communities and are delighted to be involved in such an iconic event. The Tall Ships will bring visitors from near and far to experience the very best that Belfast can offer and there is huge enthusiasm within Lidl to be at the helm of a festival that will bring a real sense of vibrancy to the province. Visit www.tallshipsbelfast.com for more information about the festival. // ENDS // ? Hannah Irwin // Senior Account Executive // Smarts Communicate E. hannah.irwin@smartscommunicate.com W. www.smartscommunicate.com T. +44 (028) 9039 5500 M. +44(0) 7
The Dreaded Captain No Beard AKA Ross O'Brien from Greystones Wicklow on the Liffey during the Tall Ships Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 31st May 2015.
29th June 2015 The Tall Ship Morgenster arrives in Belfast ahead of the Tall Ships festival starting this Thursday through to Sunday. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st April 2015 - Tall Ships return for biggest event ever staged in Belfast The biggest ever event to be staged in this part of the world takes place this summer, when the magnificent Tall Ships Race sails back into Belfast. The city will act as the home port before the start of the 2015 Race, with dozens of the worldÄôs finest sailing vessels berthed in Belfast over the weekend of July 2 Äì 5. More than 500,000 people are expected to attend the event, bringing with them an economic windfall of at least ¬£10 million for the city. Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Arder Carson is pictured with Dr Gerard OÄôHare, Chairman of Belfast Tall Ships Ltd and ship trainee Aine Wills. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Lord Mayor Arder Carson and Gerard O'Hare, Chairman of Tall Ships Ltd, begin the final countdown to the biggest spectator event ever staged in Belfast, as 50 of the world's finest sailing ships prepare to make Belfast their home port from July 2-5, before the first leg of this year's Tall Ships Race. For more information on what is happening over the weekend, visit www.tallshipsbelfast.com Pic Brian Thompson
(L-R) Suzanna and Zsolt with their children Aran and Sophie Bodor from Hungary at Belfast Harbour during the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race. Pic: Declan Roughan/Press Eye.
Ballycastle Sea Captain Chris McCaughan and his dog biscuit with Tall ship Europa at Ballycastle Harbour ahead of the Tall Ships visit to Belfast. PICTURE STEVEN MCAULEY/MCAULEY MULTIMEDIA
30th June 2015 Belfast Telegraph promotion for its Tall Ships 2015 programme ahead of this weekend's Tall Ships Festival. Left to right. Vicki Stewart with her son Alex(7) and Belfast Telegraph seller Bobby Morrison. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
30th June 2015 Belfast Telegraph promotion for its Tall Ships 2015 programme ahead of this weekend's Tall Ships Festival. Belfast Telegraph seller Bobby Morrison. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
30th June 2015 Belfast Telegraph promotion for its Tall Ships 2015 programme ahead of this weekend's Tall Ships Festival. Jack McAteer with his mum Louise Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Monday 29th June 2015 Tall Ships
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Monday 29th June 2015 Tall Ships The Crew of the Morgenster.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Monday 29th June 2015 Tall Ships Paul Bishop Race Director and Paul Thompson Commericial Director.
19th June 2015 Tall Ship The Lord Nelson docks beside the Odyssey Arena in Belfast harbour ahead of the Tall Ships festival in July. The Lord Nelson has a able and disabled crew with local disabled people getting onboard to experience life on the ship. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
With up to 500,000 visitors like little Olly and Lucy McKay (pictured) expected at The Tall Ships Races 2015, Translink has announced special transport arrangements for everyone heading to the spectacular maritime event in Belfasts dockland, July 2 5. Visitors are encouraged to use bus, coach, train and park & ride services to enjoy hassle-free journeys to the main event sites. A must-have Translink Smartmoves to the Tall Ships Travel Guide featuring handy map and discount travel ticket options is now available to download online at www.translink.co.uk/tallships/ or pick-up from local bus or rail stations and Visit Belfast. Picture by Brian Morrison.
Tall Ship The Lord Nelson docks beside the Odyssey Arena in Belfast harbour ahead of the Tall Ships festival in July.
19th June 2015 Tall Ship The Lord Nelson docks beside the Odyssey Arena in Belfast harbour ahead of the Tall Ships festival in July. The Lord Nelson has a able and disabled crew with local disabled people getting onboard to experience life on the ship. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
29th June 2015 The Tall Ship Morgenster arrives in Belfast ahead of the Tall Ships festival starting this Thursday through to Sunday. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Ciara and Mickey Donelly with their children Blanid and Dearbhla from Ahnacloy at Belfast Harbour during the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships. Pic: Declan Roughan/Press Eye.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 30/06/2015 Blue Sky at the Odyssey on tuesday as the sunshine expected across Northern Ireland ahead of the tall ships coming to Belfast. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Belfast Harbour hosts the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl. The BBC's Hugo Duncan preforms at the event. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast Harbour hosts the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl. Presenter Ryan Hand helps officially launch the event. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast Harbour hosts the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl. Lord Mayor of Belfast Arder Carson helps officially launch the event. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Lee Taylor and Riona O' Kane of the Belfast Telegraph with (L-R) Davy and Liz Laurence with Rachael and Jonathan Lawrence from Magherafelt at Belfast Harbour during the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race. Pic: Declan Roughan/Press Eye.
Belfast Harbour hosts the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl. People enjoy the festival beside the Odyssey. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast Harbour hosts the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl. People enjoy the festival beside the Odyssey. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast Harbour hosts the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl. People enjoy the festival beside the Odyssey. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast Harbour hosts the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl. People enjoy the festival beside the Odyssey. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast Harbour hosts the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl. People enjoy the festival beside the Odyssey. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast Harbour hosts the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl. Sailors from the Royal Netherlands Navy scrub the decks onboard the sailing ship Urania. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
De Gallanat tall Ship - 2nd July 2015 Presseye Declan Roughan (L-R) Judith Gilchrist Templeton Robinson,Mark Reilly Belfast Telegraph, Emma Brennan Templeton Robinson and Tommy Nolan Belfast Telegraph
De Gallanat tall Ship - 2nd July 2015 Presseye Declan Roughan (L-R) Stacey Fletcher and Ciara Crawford both from Simon Bryan Residential
De Gallanat tall Ship - 2nd July 2015 Presseye Declan Roughan (L-R) Mark Reilly Belfast Telegraph, Ciara Crawford Simon Bryan Residential, Tommy Nolana Belfast Telegraph and Stacey Fletcher Simon Bryan Residential
De Gallanat tall Ship - 2nd July 2015 Presseye Declan Roughan (L-R) Jackie Reid and Jackeline Hithcen Belfast Telegraph
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Eamon and Pauline Havlin with their children Ethan and Cohan from Belfast at Belfast Harbour during the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race. Pic: Declan Roughan/Press Eye.
De Gallanat tall Ship - 2nd July 2015 Presseye Declan Roughan
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De Gallanat tall Ship - 2nd July 2015 Presseye Declan Roughan
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General views at Belfast Harbour during the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl. Picture by Declan Roughan / Press Eye.
General views at Belfast Harbour during the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl. Picture by Declan Roughan / Press Eye.
General views at Belfast Harbour during the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl. Picture by Declan Roughan / Press Eye.
General views at Belfast Harbour during the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl. Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
General views at Belfast Harbour during the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl. Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
General views at Belfast Harbour during the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl. Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
General views at Belfast Harbour during the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl. Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
General views at Belfast Harbour during the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl. Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
General views at Belfast Harbour during the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl. Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
General views at Belfast Harbour during the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl. Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
General views at Belfast Harbour during the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl. Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
General views at Belfast Harbour during the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl. Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
General views at Belfast Harbour during the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
General views at Belfast Harbour during the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
General views at Belfast Harbour during the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
General views at Belfast Harbour during the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
General views at Belfast Harbour during the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
General views at Belfast Harbour during the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Crew members on board the tall ship Cisne Branco stand for a minutes silence one week on from the massacre in Tunisia to remember those who died in the attack. The sailors were pictured at Belfast Harbour for the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
(L-R) Suzanna and Zsolt with their children Aran and Sophie Bodor from Hungary at Belfast Harbour during the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl. Picture by Declan Roughan / Press Eye.
With Lee Taylor and Riona O' Kane of the Belfast Telegraph are (L-R) Davy and Liz Laurence with Rachael and Jonathan Lawrence from Magherafelt at Belfast Harbour during the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl. Picture by Declan Roughan / Press Eye.
With Lee Taylor and Riona O' Kane of the Belfast Telegraph are (L-R) (L-R) Matthew and Amy Smyth from Dundonald at at Belfast Harbour during the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl. Picture by Declan Roughan / Press Eye.
Eamon and Pauline Havlin with their children Ethan and Cohan from Belfast at Belfast Harbour during the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl. Picture by Declan Roughan / Press Eye.
Eddie and Allison Chesnut with Grace, Dan and Ben from Ballymena at Belfast Harbour during the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl. Picture by Declan Roughan / Press Eye.
Ciara and Mickey Donelly with their children Blanid and Dearbhla from Ahnacloy at Belfast Harbour during the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl. Picture by Declan Roughan / Press Eye.
Amelia Wojcik from Poland at Belfast Harbour during the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl.Picture by Declan Roughan / Press Eye.
Hugh and Ruth Dillon with Haydn and Nicholas Dillon at Belfast Harbour during the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training International and welcomed by Lidl. Picture by Declan Roughan / Press Eye.

As the Tall Ships sailed into the distance, Belfast's Lord Mayor said he hoped to see the £10 million festival return to local shores as soon as possible.

Arder Carson hailed the outstanding success of last week's festival, which attracted more than 500,000 visitors and looks set to double the £5m estimated income for the city.

The soonest possible year the Tall Ships could return is 2019 when the event is due to be held somewhere in north west Europe.

It's understood that race organiser, Sail Training International, is keen for the event to visit Belfast for a fourth time.

But we will have to wait until December this year when the host cities for the 2019 Tall Ships race are due to be announced.

The Sinn Fein first citizen also paid tribute to agencies across the city who contributed to the event's success.

"This has been a shining example of multi-agency excellence, all partners working together for the good of our city," he said.

"The buzz created in Belfast was amazing. This was a free event and locals as well as visitors enjoyed all that was on offer.

"The event organisation was superb and we look to be well on target to reaping the economic windfall of around £10m that we had hoped for."

He added: "Yet again, Belfast has been showcased on an international stage and proved it punches well above its weight when it comes to staging world class events."

The fleet of 46 sailing vessels drew record crowds to Belfast, making it one of the biggest events to be staged in the province.

During five fabulous days docked in Belfast one ship recorded its highest ever number of visitors.

Brazilian vessel The Cisne Branco had 32,000 visitors on board during its stay in Belfast, the highest number it has recorded anywhere in the world.

But the fun of the festival was just a fond memory yesterday as crews were at action stations for the start of their arduous race to Norway.

The recent run of good weather was never going to last and it was a dismal and drizzly farewell yesterday as the ships mustered five miles off the Co Antrim coast.

The first leg of the challenge sees the various classes of sailing vessel go hell for leather from Portrush to Aalesund in Norway before racing again from Kristiansand to Aalborg in Denmark.

Crowds climbed hills and lined the cliffs along the coast near the seaside town for a glimpse of the fleet before it set off.

The new mayor of the Causeway Coast and Glens, Michelle Knight-McQuillan, waved the ships off at the start line from an RNLI lifeboat.

"It was great to see them up close and in action, with the guys in the rigging getting themselves prepared for the race, to see the work that's involved is an absolutely amazing opportunity," she told the Belfast Telegraph.

"To be honest, I'm not a great sailor, but it was probably the excitement and the sights that I was going to see, I just forgot all about seasickness, you're in awe of everything that's going on.

"It was also great to look back at Portrush and see how many spectators were up on the hills with binoculars trying to see the start; there were even a number of small boats (which) went out to wish them well.

"I think the people on the Tall Ships appreciated it as they were all waving back at the small boats."

She added: "Sadly it was a bit grey, but it was still a brilliant opportunity to see the ships and it did bring people along to our coastline."

Due to the different types of ships taking part the race is a timed event with each vessel given half-an-hour to cross a set GPS starting point.

The first ships to get under way yesterday were the class A vessels, which crossed the start line at around 1pm, with classes B, C and D starting after 2pm.

The route will take them past the Outer Hebrides and the Shetland Islands before a dash across the North Sea to Norway.

Belfast Telegraph

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