Tall ship is due at port

The 60m long Class A tallship 'Fryderyk Chopin' which will visit the port of Blyth.
The 60m long Class A tallship 'Fryderyk Chopin' which will visit the port of Blyth.

Fans of tall ships are being given a taster of what is to come next year.

One of the impressive vessels likely to attend the North Sea Tall Ship Regatta in Blyth next year is making an early call this weekend as part of a taster visit.

Active Northumberland and the Port of Blyth are to welcome the impressive twin-masted 60m-long Class A Fryderyk Chopin to the port on August 8 and 9, having just completed the 2015 tall ships races from Belfast to Aalborg in Denmark, coming first overall for Class A ships.

The vessel, which will be open to the public, also won the captains of the fleet friendliest ship prize.

It is hoped the Fryderyk Chopin will return for the regatta.

Coun Scott Dickinson, business chair at Northumberland County Council, said: “We are delighted to welcome this beautiful vessel to the county and this follows the previous visits over the summer of the Stavros S Niarchos tall ship to Blyth.

“Thousands of people visited Blyth and the Stavros S Niarchos when it visited during the Northumberland Live concert weekend in June and we are hoping for another great turnout for this classic Tall Ship.”

The Port of Blyth in association with Northumberland County Council and Sail Training International is hosting the prestigious North Sea Tall Ships Regatta 2016 which will be one of the biggest events ever held in the county.

The first ships are expected to arrive from Wednesday, August 24, 2016. The ships will then set off on a race leg to Gothenburg which hosts the Tall Ships from September 3 to 6.

Bruce Ledger, chief executive at Active Northumberland, said: “It has been an amazing experience to see the Tall Ships Race and so many magnificent ships and to meet their crews.

“Residents and visitors to Blyth are in for a treat this weekend when it arrives from Aalborg. The Frydryk Chopin won the captains of the fleet friendliest ship prize so visitors will be sure of a great reception on board this prize-winning ship.”