Friday, 5 September 2014

Tall Ships Regatta

Since about a month ago the Royal Borough of Greenwich has been gearing up for the visit (and conclusion) of the Falmouth Tall Ships Regatta.

Greenwich has a rich maritime history, Henry VIII famously building ships in dockyards in both Deptford and Woolwich. The observatory on the hill has a ball that drops every day at noon GMT by which ships used to set their clocks (assisting in finding their longitude).

Now it is perhaps better known as the home of the Cutty Sark (famous tea clipper) seen on TV every year by those watching the televised coverage of the London Marathon - the runners round it on their journey out of Greenwich.

The events in Greenwich (which also extends up and down the river) are commencing tonight and details of the many events can be found here. Apparently it has been visiting Greenwich since 2012 and I have somehow never noticed before.

Lamp-post banner seen in August

Charlton railway station this morning

Novotel Elements Bar decked out

Poster at Cutty Sark DLR

Crowds at Cutty Sark gardens

Cutty Sark and the Greenwich foot-tunnel

The Cutty Sark expecting weekend queues

Not so tall ship giving tours

Boats moored up at a floating dock

Moored down at the Peninsula

Another tour boat

Captain Nat

Cutty Sark decked out with flags

Tea stand by the tea clipper

Cutty Sark peeking through 

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