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Tall ships line up in Torbay for trans-Atlantic race

Glorious weather in Torbay for the tall ships. Credit: ITV News West Country

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.

Preparing for the start of the race. Credit: ITV News West Country

The Rendez-vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta is organised by Sail Training International.The whole event is scheduled to take five months.

Tall Ships Festival due to take place in Gloucester

Thousands of people are expected in Gloucester for the Tall Ships festival Credit: ITV News

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.

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Final preparations for Gloucester Tall Ships festival

Earl of Pembroke Ship at Gloucester Docks Credit: ITV News

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.

Earl of Pembroke Ship at Gloucester Docks Credit: ITV News

Falmouth Tall Ships bring multi-million pound economic boost

Falmouth Tall Ships Regatta 2014 Credit: Ben Birchall/PA

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.

Falmouth has done it again – in the spirit of cooperation and partnership we have delivered a truly outstanding event. There were huge crowds, wonderful weather, the most beautiful ships to look at and everybody was happy, but most importantly the event provided long-term benefits and a lasting legacy. It demonstrated Falmouth’s impressive strength for partnership and it is because of this that the event was the success that it was.

– John Hick, Falmouth Tall Ships Regatta Chairman

Tall Ships bring £8.5m to Cornish economy

Spectacular: the Tall Ships event at Falmouth Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/

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 Falmouth's Tall Ships regatta look at benefit to Cornwall

Organisers of Falmouth's Tall Ships regatta look at benefit to Cornwall Credit: ITV News West Country

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.

I think that's the largest florilla I've ever seen and I've done a number of these events in the past that have been well attended but I think we certainly broke all records with the number of leisure craft that were joining in.

– Mark Sansom, Falmouth Harbourmaster

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Falmouth traders preparing for busiest trading ever

The Tall Ships bring £6k to the Falmouth economy Credit: ITV News West Country

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.

Falmouth is expecting its biggest trading period ever. Credit: ITV News West Country

"We've been booked up for a couple of months now and really Falmouth is full throughout this festival which is fantastic news for all the hoteliers, all the shopkeepers, all the restauranteurs."

– Nigel Carpenter, St Michael's Hotel & Spa

Richard Gates is Falmouth's Town Manager...

Tall Ships Regatta begins in Falmouth

Tall ships come to Falmouth Credit: ITV West Country

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.

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