Magnificent tall ship will return to Falmouth
With sails billowing in the breeze and masts standing proud, the majestic tall ship glides elegantly into view.
The spectacular Mercedes – a Dutch vessel – will make a return journey to Falmouth in the spring much to the delight of tall ship fans.
She last called at the Cornish port last year and the crew is keen to once again offer visitors a chance to experience luxurious day and evening sailing.
Those who sign up will learn the ropes and help set sails while the more laid-back can relax and let the crew do the work.
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Launched in 2005, the 50m (164ft) ship offers a high degree of comfort with a spacious main deck and well- appointed deck saloon, as well as an elegant restaurant and bar areas.
The ship attends most large maritime festivals in Europe and works as a charter vessel in international and UK waters.
She has two masts of about 35m (114ft) and is driven by a mixture of square sails and fore-and-aft sails which day-trippers can help to set, if they choose.
The more intrepid visitors may climb the rigging under supervision. They are guaranteed great views of the surrounding seascape – and perhaps a rush of adrenaline.
Sara Pugh of Falmouth Tall Ships Association, which works to bring the crowd-pleasing vessels to the town, said she was excited the ship was returning to the port because she had proved such a big hit in the past.
She said: "We're delighted to welcome Mercedes back to Falmouth following a number of popular previous visits.
"This is a wonderful opportunity for anybody with an interest in tall ships to come and experience one of the very finest first-hand. Whether they want to get their hands dirty assisting the crew or simply enjoy a relaxing sail around the bay they're sure to have a trip to remember. "
Mercedes is due to sail from Falmouth Docks for two trips a day between Friday March 29 and Sunday March 31, with one final trip planned for Monday April 1, but outings are subject to the weather.
To book tickets visit www.tallshipsfalmouth.co.uk or call 01326 254981.