Tall Ships around the world are travelling to Australia providing budding sailors with the opportunity to challenge their skills on the open seas.
The ships are arriving to take part in the 2013 International Tall Ship Festival which includes a series of events in Fremantle, Adelaide, Melbourne, Hobart, Sydney and Auckland. The festival program, which runs from July through to October, will culminate with the Royal Australian Navy International Fleet Review and Sydney Hobart Tall Ship Regatta – the first event of its kind in Australasia.
More than 1,500 berths are available for Australian sailors to join the Tall Ship Fleet for ocean passages and coastal voyages. Visitors will also be able to inspect boats at moorings and to take part in half-day cruises. Opportunities are also available for private vessels to meet the Tall Ships and welcome them to each port, and to join the fleet as they set sail at the end of each festival.
Vessels joining the events include the accessible sail training ship Lord Nelson, from the United Kingdom, the 98 year old Dutch logger Tecla, and the three-masted barque Picton Castle, from Nova Scotia. Australians with and without sailing experience can join voyages from one week to 100 days duration, sailing in company across the Great Australian Bite or Bass Strait, or racing across the Tasman Sea.
Information on voyages, festivals and where to see the Tall Ship fleet is available at www.tallshipfestival2013.com.