The Asgard II, one of eight Irish boats taking part in the 1000 mile Tall Ships Race, also known as the Cutty Sark Race, arrived into Cork, completing the 200 mile first leg from Millhaven in Wales.

Thousands of spectators, including President Mary Robinson, lined the waterfront in Cork to view the spectacle. Tall Ships Races foster international friendship and sail training for young people. Gerard O’Brien a sail trainee from Cork says,

You know you’re part of a ship, thousands of people are never going to get a chance to do it.

President Robinson visited many of the sail training vessels during the afternoon, including Asgard II and she congratulated the young crew. She also paid a courtesy call on the British ship Lord Nelson. The President spoke of the great sense of excitement about the Tall Ships Race, the importance of sail training for young people and,

As a free woman of cork I’m delighted to be here to share it with the people, and I’m really overwhelmed by the warmth of the welcome.

The next leg of the race the 90 strong fleet will undertake is from Cork to Belfast.

An RTÉ News report by Jim Fahy broadcast on 17 July 1991.