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L’Armada Rouen Tall Ships

By Sue Richards last modified Jun 26, 2008 11:48 AM

Published: 2008-06-26 11:48:11
Countries: France

In July 2008, the tall sailing ships will be back in Rouen for the biggest international nautical event including a week of celebrations before the race towards Liverpool begins. The Rouen Armada will host over 30 of the world’s most famous tall sailing ships from the 4th to the 14th of July, with celebrations, fireworks, street vendors and performers and nightly organised events lasting all week.

On July 4th, sailing ships from all over the world will sail up the Seine River to gather in Rouen. They will be passing under the largest vertical lift bridge ever built: the Pont Gustave Flaubert, the new entrance to the Armada in Rouen.

The Armada is one of the largest free-admission maritime event in the world with over 10 million visitors expected over the course of the week. Rouen is just the prologue of the Tall Ships Race; they will then depart on the 14th of July to sail on to the departure point of Liverpool before sailing to Maloy in Norway on July 18th and to Den Helder in the Netherlands.

As reported on Cruising Compass