Tall Ships Race, Greenock

The Tall Ships' Race returned to Renfrewshire this week, with Greenock serving as the finishing line for the first race from Waterford in Ireland. Beginning in 1956, the first race took place between Devon and Portugal and became an annual event hosting a series of races.

In Greenock, the boats effectively sit in dock for a few days, whilst the town plays host to an international bunch of sailors and makes something of a festival out of the occasion. On Tuesday, the ships will progress northwards to Shetland's capital town of Lerwick, where a second race will be staged to Stavanger in Norway's Rogoland before a final race to Sweden closes the event for another year.

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