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Merseyside's trainee sailors prepare for Tall Ships regatta

Liverpool's Lord Mayor welcoming the trainees onto the Tall Ship Kathleen & May. Photo: Andy Bonner

Ahead of the inaugural Irish Sea Tall Ships Regatta in Liverpool next month, six trainees from the Merseyside Adventure Sailing Trust are being put through their paces on board Liverpool's very own Tall Ship, Kathleen & May.

All six will be 'going aloft' which will involve climbing the ship's 60 foot high rigging.

Liverpool's Lord Mayor, Councillor Sharon Sullivan and Peter Cardy, Chief Executive of Sail Training International welcomed the trainees on the vessel.

The trainees learn the ropes on the Tall Ship Kathleen & May Credit: Andy Bonner

"To be the final destination for this inaugural activity is a coup for the city and all the events being organised will be a celebration of Liverpool's strong and proud maritime heritage."

"I'm particularly pleased that there is the opportunity for those just honing their sea-legs to get involved in this race, it will be an amazing experience and sailing back into Liverpool as a climax to the regatta will be unforgettable."

– Councillor Sharon Sullivan, Liverpool's Lord Mayor

The fleet of Tall Ships will sail into Liverpool on Wednesday 29 August, as the city plays host to the regatta.

Around 14 Tall Ships will arrive on the waterfront, having departed from Dublin three days earlier.

To celebrate their arrival in the city, a series of events will take place, starting on Friday 31 August when the crews of the Tall Ships will take to the streets in a parade, before being presented with the race and port prizes

Trainees on the Tall Ship, Kathleen & May Credit: Andy Bonner

During the weekend of 1 and 2 September the Tall Ships will be berthed at the Albert Dock and there will be street theatre, music and arts and crafts stalls.

The vessels will be open to the public during the weekend, before taking part in a parade of sail on the Sunday which will take place from around 10.30am.