Family Days Out: The Tall Ships Race in Sunderland

From 10 to 14 July 2018 more than 50 sailing vessels docked at the Port of Sunderland, in northeast England, ahead of the first leg of the Tall Ships Race. Thousands of people visited the port and East End of Sunderland to see the ships and enjoy the free entertainment along the waterfront and in Georgian era buildings. It proved a popular day out with families. This post provides the perspective of a seven-year-old, Emily Takara Forster.

Tall ships on the River Wear in Sunderland.

Tall ships on the River Wear in Sunderland.

Visiting the tall ships in Sunderland

I went to the tall ships did you? It was really good because you got to go on a few boats. But which one?

You got to watch some dancers.

Also, you got to look at this big Lego boat and guess how many bricks it was made out of.

The Alexander von Humboldt II, a German ship, on the North Sea at the beginning of the 2018 Tall Ships Race.

The Alexander von Humboldt II, a German ship, on the North Sea at the beginning of the 2018 Tall Ships Race.

Lots of tall ships

There were lots of big ships there. That’s why it’s called the Tall Ships Race.

There was one ship that had the same name as me but only at the beginning because my second name is Takara and the boat’s name was Tara, so all that you need do is add the ‘ka’ on.

On one of the other boats there was a lady sitting on one of those wooden things that holds the sails.

Sitting on one of those wooden things. Crew members of the Santa Maria Manuela, a Portuguese ship, departing the Port of Sunderland.

Sitting on one of those wooden things. Crew members of the Santa Maria Manuela, a Portuguese ship, departing the Port of Sunderland.

Men collecting in flags

Also, did you see all of those men collecting all of the flags in?

You also got to meet some soldiers and they were doing lots of different things and I went in the CPR tent. Did you?

My brother Austin is aged four, nearly five, he tried a soldier’s hat on and he said that he looked like an American soldier because he had his sunglasses on.

The Fryderyk Chopin during the Tall Ships Race at Sunderland.

The Fryderyk Chopin during the Tall Ships Race at Sunderland.

There was a Georgian school, a Georgian church where you had to find all the mouses called George and all of the houses that all the retired seamen live in.

I hope you enjoyed reading my fact file. Thank you for reading. Bye bye, Emily Takara Forster.

The Gulden Leeuw, a Dutch ship, on the North Sea at the beginning of the 2018 Tall Ships Race.

The Gulden Leeuw, a Dutch ship, on the North Sea at the beginning of the 2018 Tall Ships Race.

Further information

To find out more about the ships that visited Sunderland during the 2018 Tall Ships Race see the Tall Ships Sunderland website. Take a look at the See It Do It Sunderland website for further ideas about things to do in the city and family days out on Wearside.

From Sunderland the ships sailed to Esbjerg, in Denmark, in the first leg of the 2018 race. See the Tall Ships Race website, which can be accessed via the Sail Training International website.

The photographs illustrating this post are by Why Eye Photography, a Sunderland-based photography company specialising in events, travel and food photography. Call 07947 587136 to commission a shoot or make contact via the Why Eye Photography website.

The Gulden Leeuw, a Dutch tall ship, sails past Roker Pier into the Port of Sunderland.

The Gulden Leeuw, a Dutch tall ship, sails past Roker Pier into the Port of Sunderland.

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