From Greenwich to Quebec: Tall Ships Festivals 2017

From Greenwich to Quebec: Tall Ships Festivals 2017

This Easter weekend in April, Greenwich will host the start of the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta.

The regatta, organised by Sail Training International, will sail from Greenwich to Quebec in Canada, to mark the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation.

The fleet of over 30 large Class A and B Tall Ships will gather for four days on the River Thames at Greenwich and Woolwich before setting sail for Canada via Sines in Portugal, Bermuda and Boston.


Festival sites in Greenwich and Woolwich

The ships will be anchored in the Thames alongside two Tall Ships festival villages. These will be located at the Maritime Greenwich UNESCO World Heritage Site in Greenwich town centre, and the Royal Arsenal riverside in Woolwich.

Some ships will be open for visitors to get on board to look around and talk to the crew.


Parade of Sail 

Head along to enjoy maritime entertainment and live music from Thursday 13 April to Sunday 16 April, before a huge Parade of Sail starting at 5pm from Deptford Creek on Sunday 16 April.

During the Parade of Sail, the whole Tall Ships fleet will sail together down the Thames to the sea, before crossing the Atlantic and arriving in Quebec on 18 July 2017.


Ships moored in Greenwich and Woolwich

During the Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Regatta, around 30 Class A and Class B Tall Ships will be anchored on the river at Greenwich and Woolwich.

Hailing from countries including the UK, Portugal, Spain, Holland, Russia and Germany, the impressive square-rigged historic sailing ships will be on show for four days.

Many of these ships will then set sail to Quebec via Sines in Portugal, in the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta organised by Sail Training International.

There is more information online.