Tall ships are lining up in Torbay for the start of a 10,000 mile race across the Atlantic. They're due to leave around 2pm to head for the official start line some five miles offshore.
The vessels will first head to Sines in Portugal and then race to Bermuda. Then they will head north to Boston, USA and on to Canada, where they will converge on Quebec City, to celebrate Canada 150 – the anniversary of the Canadian confederation. After that, the ships vessels sail to Nova Scotia before racing back to the final port of Le Havre in France.
The Rendez-vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta is organised by Sail Training International.The whole event is scheduled to take five months.
Final preparations are underway for theTall Ships festival in Gloucester Docks this weekend.
A hundred thousand people are expected to take in the sights of the masted vessels and the events on offer.
Visitors will be able to board some of the ships and enjoy live music and craft fairs.
Final preparations are underway for the Tall Ships Festival in Gloucester Docks this weekend.
Crowds of thousands are expected to take in the sights of the masted vessels and the events on offer.
Jason Smith is from Marketing Gloucester and spoke to ITV West Country
One of ships is the Earl of Pembroke which was used for the sequel to Alice in Wonderland starring Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway and Helena Bonham Carter.
The Falmouth Tall Ships Regatta has brought a multi-million pound boost to Cornwall's economy.
197,000 people visited Falmouth during the four-day festival in August - increasing the turnover for local businesses by an estimated £10,000. 40 per cent of businesses extended their opening hours to deal with the influx of visitors.
The organisers of this year's Tall Ships Regatta say the event is thought to have brought in around £8.5m to the Cornish economy. More than 70,000 people visited the Regatta site at Falmouth Docks during the first three days and over 100,000 people took to the water on boats.
Organisers of the Tall Ships regatta in Falmouth are working out how much the event benefitted Cornwall. More than 200,000 people are thought to have visited the event over the past four days, which ended in yesterday's spectacular parade of sail involving 44 vessels.
44 tall ships which have spent the last few days in Falmouth set off this afternoon for a race to Greenwich. Organisers of the event say its has been a huge success and has brought millions of pounds to the local economy. Steve Hardy reports.
Hosting the Tall Ships brings a massive boost to Falmouth, worth £6,000,000 to the local economy. Hotels and B&B's have been booked up for months in advance. Many are expecting their busiest trading period ever, as thousands flock to the town to catch a glimpse of those majestic ships.
Richard Gates is Falmouth's Town Manager...
Some of the world's most beautiful sailing vessels are gathered in Falmouth tonight for the Tall Ships Regatta.
More than 200,000 people are expected to visit over the next four days, bringing a £12 million boost to the local economy. It's the first time since 2008 that the event's come to Cornwall.
As Cornwall prepares for the Falmouth to Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Regatta this August, an arts competition has been launched hoping to get schoolchildren excited about the event.
More than 40 ships from across the globe, along with 100,000 visitors will decend on Falmouth for one of the world's great maritime races. Kathy Wardle has been finding out more.