Waterford City, where Vikings landed, a city with a proud maritime history, where once tall ships were built, welcomed 100 vessels from 21 countries, to the Tall Ships Race 2005.
Tom MacSweeney presents this special feature from Waterford where the sights of the port of old have been recreated as over ninety tall ships arrive on the quayside for the festivities celebrating the start of the Tall ships race.
This excerpt from the programme includes a report by Eoin Ryan documenting the history of the Tall Ships Race and previous visits to Ireland Cork in 1991 and Dublin in 1998. In Cork the event was known as the Cutty Sark Race, while in Dublin the event drew the largest crowds ever with 1.2 million people visiting the ships along the River Liffey.
Over 400,000 people came to Waterford over five days making it one of the biggest events ever staged in the city ending with a fireworks display on the last night.
The 'Parade of Sail' saw the ships head out of Waterford to the start before racing to Cherbourg. Maritime history is made in Ireland with the three Irish Tall Ships The Dunbrody, The Jennie Johnson & The Asgard leading the parade of sail.
The Tall Ships Race took place in Waterford in July 2005.
The programme 'Tall Ships Waterford' was broadcast on 1 August, 2005.