Monday, September 22, 2008

Tall Ships Regatta at Aveiro - 1

The Funchal 500 Tall Ships Regatta and Festival do Mar 2008 is the centrepiece of year-long celebrations of the 500th anniversary of the first settlement on the Portuguese island of Madeira. The fleet of sail training Tall Ships gathered (10 - 13 September) in the historic port of Falmouth on the south west coast of England before racing to Aveiro, Portugal (20 - 23 September) where the following pictures were taken last Sunday. From Aveiro the Tall Ships will race to Funchal, Madeira for a Maritime Festival and major celebrations in the city (2 - 5 October).

For some good pictures you can go here although I believe some legends were misplaced (namely the clowns one...). For real nice pictures check this post and the ones that will follow!

Crewmembers from the barque SEDOV going on shore leave.

SEDOV's bell where they use a lot of Coração...

The sails colour scheme is worldwide famous. The Alexander Von Humboldt.

Beautiful figurehead of the Mexican Navy training barque CUAUHTEMOC.

The steering deck of the Dutch gaff ketch TECLA.

Stay tuned for more pictures on the next few days!

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