The Cruise in Company gets underway!

The Tall Ships Races 2011 Cruise in Company is underway as the 48 participating vessels set sail from Greenock and head – at a leisurely pace – for their choice of guest harbours up Scotland’s west coast and onward to Orkney and Shetland.

SorlandetThe majestic ships that have graced Greenock over the last four days will be even more accessible and look particularly spectacular in the beautiful landscape and serene surroundings of Campbeltown, Port Ellen (Islay), Oban, Ullapool, Stornoway, Kirkwall and Stromness (Orkney), and Fair Isle, Scalloway, Yell, Unst and Whalsay (Shetland).

Jurgens Hanekon, Captain of Wylde Swan – a Class A sail training vessel and the World’s largest two mast top sail schooner - said: “The Tall Ships will pass through some of the most stunning scenery in Scotland and will create the perfect picture-postcard photo opportunities en route.

“We know that the guest harbours have created their own special welcome for The Ships and we very much look forward to a series of much more intimate parties as we head north.”

Followers will not only have the opportunity to see how magnificent The Tall Ships really are in the designated harbours, they can share a taste of some real Highlands and Islands hospitality with the crews.

The Tall Ships Races 2011, is presented by Szczecin and organised by Sail Training International a charity with a purpose in the development and education of young people, regardless of nationality, culture, religion, gender or social background, through sail training. The Cruise in Company leg between Greenock and Lerwick in Shetland is the first party in Scotland to stretch for 484 unforgettable nautical miles. 

Paul Bishop, Race Director, Sail Training International said:  “The captains and crews always look forward to the Cruise in Company leg of The Tall Ships Races, and after such a tactical race, I’m sure they will all appreciate a leisurely sail in addition to experiencing a local community welcome from the various harbours involved.   We look forward to meeting the fleet in Lerwick for Race Two which will see them head to Stavanger in Norway in what promises to be an equally exciting challenge!”

For details on all the action pick up a copy of the Cruise in Company events programme or visit our Cruise in Company pages. 

The Wylde Swan will accommodate trainees from various Cruise in Company guest harbours including Argyll, Ullapool, Orkney and Shetland.  The Ship’s first port of a call on leaving Greenock will be Campbeltown. For more information on the Wylde Swan see www.wyldeswan.eu