Belfast Telegraph

1.15m show up for Tall Ships Race

More than one million people thronged Dublin's quayside this weekend during the four-day Tall Ships Race.

Most of the 40 strong fleet of vessels set sail from the capital on Sunday, with a severe weather warning forcing some of the smaller ships to remain in Ireland overnight.

Mary Weir, festival director, said the event has been a resounding success for the city.

"We are delighted we exceeded all expectations," she said.

"Dublin City Council and Dublin Port along with thousands of workers, the support of our incredible sponsors, our wonderful volunteers and many suppliers have worked hard to bring this festival to the quays.

"We were delighted to see the docklands full of visitors both young and old enjoying themselves and visiting the magnificent Tall Ships who have been on an incredible journey."

The sun shone as a 21-gun salute was performed by the Defence Forces as the fleet of ships were led out of Dublin Port by the Naval Service LE Emer.

The Parade of Sail followed a course to Dun Laoghaire Harbour and back towards Howth, where thousands had gathered to watch the Tall Ships in full sail.

Throughout the weekend an estimated 1.15 million people soaked up the atmosphere along the north and south quays where they toured the ships, meet captains and crew, and attended live outdoor music events.

Some 200,000 attended the Parade of Sail, forcing organisers to cancel a Rock The Boat world record attempt, in aid of Foroige, for safety concerns.

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