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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.