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Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta 2018

Liverpool Waterfront & Wirral

Tel: +44 (0)151 233 2008

Tall Ships Regatta in Liverpool will be joined by Bordeaux Wine Festival


Everything will be shipshape and Liverpool fashion in 2018 as we welcome the wonderful Tall Ships back to the River Mersey.

Alongside this maritime celebration, will be Bordeaux Wine Festival. The presitigious festival will take to the iconic waterfront. Tickets are on sale now. 

The Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta will link a trio of vibrant port cities – Liverpool, Dublin and Bordeaux – with some nail-biting racing across the Irish Sea and Bay of Biscay. And it all begins here over the late May Bank Holiday weekend.

We can guarantee the magnificent masted ships will create a stunning sight as they make their way up river to start the hotly-contested Regatta from Liverpool’s world-famous, UNESCO World Heritage waterfront.

This is the fifth time Liverpool has hosted these evocative historic craft in the past three decades, and during Capital of Culture year an estimated million people packed the banks of the river to catch a glimpse of the parade of sail.

Between May 25-28, the city will be transformed in to three cultural festivals – Liverpool Festival in the city centre, Irish Festival at the Albert Dock and French Festival on the Pier Head, each with their own unique atmosphere and cultural experience.

Expect spectacular performances, unique entertainment, street animation and live music, as Liverpool waterfront is transformed.

So ready your sea legs and follow the fleet to Liverpool for four memorable and uplifting days of maritime magic.


The Albert Dock (DUBLIN) - 21 - 28 May

Mann Island (LIVERPOOL) - 26 - 28 May

Museum of the Moon - 25 May - 31 May


Adventure Wales

The 60ft two-masted schooner was built for adventure and over the years she has circumnavigated the world and won First in Class in the famous Round the Island Race.


A historic ship, listed at the French heritage as the last witness of the artisanal fishing of Port Etel (a large French tuna port in the 50’s)


The two-masted wooden schooner handmade in Spain between 1980 and 1984 was designed by Esteban Vicente Jimenez to look like the Spanish vessels from the 1800s.


Having begun life as a cargo ship, this 120 year old vessel was once a private yacht for Hugh Grosvenor, the 2nd Duke of Westminster.

Belle Poule

This magnificent schooner was constructed in 1932 by the Chantier Naval de Normandie, in Fecamp, for the French naval academy (Ecole Navale).

Brian Ború

Named after the legendary High King of Munster and Ireland, this traditional gaff rigged wooden sailing ketch is the culmination of a 3 year renovation and conversion project.


A Centurion 47′, which was built in Wauquiez shipyard, and was donated in 2010 to the Ecole Navale, the French naval academy.

Juan de Langara

Owned by a group of sailors, who were inspired by the Cutty Sark Tall Ships’ Races in 1990, to buy their own boat.

La Malouine

La Malouine is a twin masted French Brigantine tall ship, registered in the Port of Dumfries.

Lord Nelson

Named after the famous British Admiral is the first of their two vessels, both of which are the only tall ships in the world that have been purpose designed and built to enable able-bodied and physically disabled people to sail side by side


This stunning ship has a rather famous history, built in 1929 and owned by Jan Jacob Van Rietschoten, father of the flying Dutchman, Cornelis ‘Conny’ Van Rietschoten, the only skipper to win the Whitbread Round the World Race twice. 


This 48m sail training vessel was originally built as a deep sea fishing vessel but was converted to a fine sailing ship in 2008

Pelican of London

Unique among Square Riggers, the Class A Tall Ship’s hull form was derived from the elite French clippers of the late 19th century.

 Royal Helena

The Tall Ship is a three-masted Bulgarian barquentine with a hull made of steel and a teak-covered deck. 

Sir Stelios & City of London

2018 is the first season for these two, new tall ships which are owned by the Marine Society & Sea Cadets. 

TS Royalist

The Sea Cadets flagship  was designed by Acubens, and built during 2014/2015 at the Spanish shipyard of Astilleros Gondan.

Map & Directions

Opening Times

Season (25 May 2018 - 28 May 2018)


The Albert Dock, Liverpool

Saturday, 28th July 2018 - Sunday, 29th July 2018

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race
more info

Friday, 25th May 2018 - Monday, 28th May 2018

The Bordeaux Wine Festival
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Friday, 25th May 2018 - Monday, 28th May 2018

Tall Ships Regatta - the Albert Dock (DUBLIN)
more info

Friday, 25th May 2018 - Monday, 28th May 2018

Tall Ships Regatta - Mann Island (LIVERPOOL)
more info

Monday, 28th May 2018 - Monday, 28th May 2018

Parade of Sail Day
more info

Sunday, 27th May 2018 - Sunday, 27th May 2018

Animated Square - Tall Ships
more info

Saturday, 26th May 2018 - Sunday, 27th May 2018

Somewhere Beyond the Sea - Tall Ships
more info

Saturday, 26th May 2018 - Sunday, 27th May 2018

Message in a Bottle By LuLu Quinn
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