SUNDERLAND PREPARES TO WELCOME THE FRENCH NAVY TO THE TALL SHIPS RACES 2018
Even more ships, including three beautiful Class B and two impressive Class C vessels have pledged their support for The Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018. The new registrations bring the current number of ships taking part to 42.
The newly registered ships include De Gallant, Caroline af Sandnes, JR Tolkien, Challenge and Hosanna.
Class C vessel Hosanna has been operated by Ecole Navale, the French naval academy, since 2010. She has been sailing for the benefit of the academy students as well as young sailors from a variety of different backgrounds. Trainees are encouraged to join in and make most of the skills learned while working as part of a tight-knit team. While taking part in The Tall Ships Races students and trainees alike are encouraged to learn about new cultures and to act as fantastic ambassadors for the essence of sail training and of course their country.
Other ships coming to Sunderland include:
- De Gallant, a 27m Class B Gaff Schooner. She sails mostly in the North Sea, the Baltic and the English Channel as a sail training ship. She is a regular participant of the Tall Ships Race
- Challenge Wales, a 22m Class C, BM Cutter. A regular competitor in The Tall Ships Races she undertakes sail training activities predominantly around Wales, Ireland and the South Coast of England.
- Caroline af Sandnes a 20m Class B Gaff Cutter from Norway. She is over 130years old and was originally named trine and operated as a sailing cargo vessel
- J.R.Tolkien a 36m Gaff Topsail Schooner from the Netherlands. Originally built as a sea-going tug named Dierko, she was converted to a schooner in 1994 and renamed in honour of the British Author J.R.R Tolkien.