Lord Nelson would surely have approved - as the Admiral gazed down from his column in Trafalgar Square last night, a 70-foot Clipper Race boat was steered in to the square on the back of a large lorry and parked in front of the National Gallery. This is the Great Britain boat which will be competing in the race which starts in London on September 1st.
Also there to welcome the boat to London were members of its crew. They had all signed up to the race without knowing which boat they would be assigned to. So for Lindsay Evans from Putney and Bob Baker from Tilbury, the news came as a welcome surprise.
However, there is no guarantee that the Great Britain boat will win. There are twelve yachts in the race and the crews have been allocated to boats so they all have an equal mix of experienced sailors and novices. What will make the difference is how the crew learn to work together and the leadership skills of their skipper Simon Talbot.
The whole race starts from St Katharine Docks near Tower Bridge and the race organisers expect it to attract a huge crowd of around 100,000 people. The Race Director Justin Taylor says the start will be a spectacle:
Many of the competitors in this year's race have only had a few weeks of training to get used to sailing the boats. For those crew members who are new to it, Justin Taylor had the following advice:
The Great Britain boat will stay in Trafalgar Square until the evening of August 4th.