Video: Tall Ships - Crews make final preparations to ships ahead of maritime festival
The captain of Morgenster (Morningstar) Tall Ship from the Netherlands was first to arrive with his crew in Belfast Harbour ahead of the festival launch tomorrow.
Harry Muter said: “The city is very attractive and the Tall Ships Race adds to this, it is very attractive and it is a fun family event, we do an open ship over the festival so it’s fun for the kids, they can step on board, feel the ropes and have a swing on the helm.”
Over 500,000 visitors are expected to come to Belfast to see and take part in the Tall Ships festivities from tomorrow until Sunday, and another 500,000 people will line the shorelines along Belfast Lough to watch the Ships set sail.
The festival opens tomorrow from noon to 9pm where visitors will be able to enjoy the sights of the impressive boats, open-air entertainment, and even a fun fair.
Also on the Morgenster was Amy Mac William from Dublin who is a sailing trainee, she said: “It is so exciting, I defiantly want to do this as for a career, I’ve already been looking into college courses that could help.”
Not too far away from the Morgenster Tall Ship is the Santa Maria Manuela from Portugal. One of the crew, Henrique Castro said: “I love the sea, and at the moment we are preparing the ship for the visitors. I think this festival is great and it’s good for people to see these sailing Ships.”
A crew parade will take place from Belfast Harbour Commissioners on Friday from 6.15pm from where it will make its way past Custom House Square before arriving at the main stage at the Odyssey.
Saturday is the longest opening day at the festival with events starting from 10am until 10.30pm, and includes a spectacular firework show on in the evening.
Visitors are advised to use public transport to get to and from the festival and there will be free shuttle buses from Pollock Dock.
For more information visit: http://tallshipsbelfast.com/