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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.

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Torbay Airshow road closures

Roads across Devon will be closed or restricted from today as the first ever Torbay Airshow gets underway.

The sweeping three day parking restrictions were put in place following the Shoreham air disaster that killed eleven people.

The Airshow's website says "as part of the event organisation, a number of safety and traffic management measures will be put in place to limit vehicular access around Paignton Seafront, Preston Seafront and the surrounding residential areas shortly before the event, during the event and shortly after the event."

The designated times of closure are:

  • Friday 10 June - 6pm to 10:30pm
  • Saturday 11 June - 10am to 10:30pm
  • Sunday 12 June - 10am to 7pm
The road closures in Paignton are extensive Credit: ITV West Country

Details of all the road closures plus full size map.

Many residents claim the closures are excessive.

Crowds of up to 150 thousand are expected for the first-ever three day festival based at Paignton.

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