Monday, 11 July 2011
Reverse Raiders' Route
It's 50 years since the Tall Ships' Races started, 12 since they were last in a Scottish port, and, appropriately, 50 vessels taking part this year. Tomorrow sees them off from Greenock, where they arrived from Waterford, on their way via The Minch to Lerwick, which they reach in nine days time. They then continue to Stavanger and Halmstad. This 2011 Race has been a reverse form of a Viking raid from Sweden to Norway, Shetland, the Firth of Clyde and Ireland. The size of a Tall Ship can be calculated from the image above and ships' positions can be checked on-line by various tracking services.
Scottish Islands Explorer - has a correspondent on board one of the ships