SPECIAL FEATURE – Wine & the Garonne Ship Ahoy!
A magnificent fleet of Tall Ships are racing to Bordeaux! Their triumphant arrival opens the 20th edition of the Bordeaux Wine Festival
For the 20th anniversary of the
Bordeaux Wine Festival, the guest of honor is the Tall Ships Regatta featuring thirty of Europe’s finest sailing boats. This is a rare opportunity to see and climb on board.
The adventure begins on May 28, when the ships set sail from Liverpool, UK, to arrive in Dublin on June 1 for the first leg of the regatta. Then on June 4, they raise their anchors and navigate towards Bordeaux. The arrival of the Tall Ships in Bordeaux on June 14th opens the 20th edition of the Bordeaux Wine Festival. Bordeaux has only hosted the Tall Ships Regatta once before, in 1990.
This is a thrilling race through the Irish Sea, the Celtic Sea and the Bay of Biscay. “The Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta 2018 offers a great opportunity for the captains and crews to experience exciting racing in between three attractive and vibrant host ports”, said Paul Bishop, Race Director at Sail Training International. “Race one will be around a number of strategically placed Way Points in the Irish Sea, which will create close racing, with many of the fleet staying in sight of each other until the finish line off the coast of Dublin. There will then be a transit to the second starting-line off the south-east coast of Ireland, before
racing the 480-mile leg into warmer waters across the Bay of Biscay.” Organized by Sail Training International, the Tall Ships Regatta promotes traditional sailing to young people. Novice sailors will participate in the regatta aboard some of the ships for one of the legs. It’s an unusual nautical event because it reunites large and small sailing ships, and links three festivals held in European ports — Liverpool, Dublin and Bordeaux. During the Bordeaux Wine Festival, which takes place along the quays of Bordeaux, this magnificent fleet will dock in Port de la Lune and be open to visitors. Some of the ships participating this year are: Le Morgenster (Dutch); L’arawak (France - Bordeaux); Atyla (Spain); Le Belem (France); De Gallant (UK); Hosanna (France); Le Tarangini (India); L’hermione (France).
Le Belem near the Miroir d’eau during the Bordeaux wine festival in 2016.