Countdown to 'incredible' Tall Ships Regatta
A year from today, Falmouth will be transported back to a "golden age of sail" as it again hosts one of the biggest international maritime events.
A fleet of 30 fully-rigged sailing vessels will descend on the Cornish town for the start of the 2014 Tall Ships Regatta.
Yesterday saw the start of the 365-day countdown to the event which ends at Greenwich, the first time the race has taken place in two English ports.
In celebration yesterday, St Piran bunting and flags decorated the tall ship Iris as she sailed down the River Thames.
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After three days of celebrations, the tall ships will pass between Pendennis Point and St Mawes to the start line in Falmouth Bay before heading eastwards towards the Channel.
Ships will navigate a series of waypoints in the Western Approaches before heading for the finish line just off the Isle of Wight.
They will then cruise in company, before sailing up the River Thames to the finish port of Royal Greenwich, where they will enjoy a further five days of celebrations.
John Hick, chairman of Falmouth Tall Ships Association, said: "You don't need to be a seasoned sailor to feel moved by the sight of these incredible ships and from both a historic and geographical point of view Falmouth sets them off to perfection."