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Ipswich is port of call for classic tall ships race

PUBLISHED: 21:22 04 April 2018 | UPDATED: 16:01 05 April 2018

Tall ships  from the North Sea Classics Race have arrived in Ipswich.  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Tall ships from the North Sea Classics Race have arrived in Ipswich. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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A fleet of classic sailing ships has docked at the port of Ipswich as part of the biggest student sailing competition in Europe.

Tall ships  from the North Sea Classics Race have arrived in Ipswich.  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNTall ships from the North Sea Classics Race have arrived in Ipswich. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

The Race of the Classics has seen teams of students from across The Netherlands take part for more than 30 years.

Sailors from The Hague enjoy themselves.  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNSailors from The Hague enjoy themselves. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

This year, more than 400 students set sail from Rotterdam on Monday, and will finish the challenge at Coenhaven in Amsterdam on Sunday.

Tall ships  from the North Sea Classics Race have arrived in Ipswich.  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNTall ships from the North Sea Classics Race have arrived in Ipswich. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Paul Ager, divisional port manager with ABP East Anglia, said: “We are proud the Port of Ipswich is part of the route chosen by the Race of the Classics Foundation as this further strengthens the reputation of the port and town of Ipswich as a magnet for the European sailing community and as an excellent yacht and marina destination.

A sailor tends to his ship.   Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNA sailor tends to his ship. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

“The positive energy brought to our town by the race participants is fantastic and we are glad that their visit offers a chance for the public to enjoy a magnificent display of classic tall ships.”


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