Tall Ships 2015 in numbers

Tall ships leaving Belfast following the 2009 event. The ships return on Thursday for four days of events
Tall ships leaving Belfast following the 2009 event. The ships return on Thursday for four days of events

• There are now only seven days until the stunning spectacle of the Tall Ships arrives in Belfast

• 500,000 people are expected to visit the Tall Ships over four days with the same number likely to line Belfast Lough for Sunday’s sail off.

• Almost 90 people from Northern Ireland – including trainees, their mentors and staff from event sponsors Lidl – will be on board the vessels when they leave Belfast on the first leg of the race to Norway.

• 6,000 young people enjoyed a sail training experience on the Tall Ships last year, with a total of 1,675,000 enthusiasts visiting the various ports involved.

• An area the size of 350 football pitches will host the event – stretching between Queen’s Quay at the Odyssey arena to Pollock Dock.

• The 123-year-old ‘Leader’ is the oldest ship taking part, having been first launched in 1892.

• For 60 years the event has been providing sail training to mainly 15 to 25-year-olds.

• Three other ports will be visited by the Tall Ships race this summer: Aelsund and Kristiansand in Norway and Aalborg, Denmark.