Friday 29 August 2014 – Media Release
Anchors Away for Tall Ships at Canary Wharf
Maritime history will be made on the Canary Wharf Estate this September as a fleet of over 20 huge vessels will be moored up at on the eastern edge of the Estate, formally known as Wood Wharf, as part of the Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Festival.
This impressive spectacle of majestic tall ships will be on display daily from Saturday 6th until Monday 8th September between 10am and 6pm. Many of the great fleet will be free to view by the public, and will be moored alongside other themed entertainment and interactive experiences, including roaming entertainers for children, as well as food and drink stalls for those in need of refreshment.
In a first for Canary Wharf, the ships will be stationed at on the eastern edge of the Estate, formally known as Wood Wharf, for three days following the five day Falmouth – Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Regatta 2014. For those looking to brush up on their sailing skills and ability to distinguish Brigantines from Three-Masted Barques, the owners of the ships are on hand alongside maritime experts to answer any questions and to enlighten visitors by sharing their knowledge of the ships. The class C and D ships, and the square-rigged TS Royalist, are set to be some of the stars of the show.
On Tuesday 9th September the vessels will join together with another 34 ships which will be moored off the Greenwich riverfront to form the triumphant Parade of Sail; a grand finale to the Tall Ships event, when all of the ships will join together to travel out of London, sounding their horns and heralding a farewell to the Capital.
Camille Waxer, Chief Administrative Officer, Canary Wharf Group plc, said: “Hosting over 20 impressive ships on the Canary Wharf Estate and to be part of Maritime history being made is a really fantastic opportunity for us, not only because it’s the first time we will have so many tall ships moored here, but what a great attraction it will provide visitors. The Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Festival 2014 will be a great addition to our current arts and events programme, and we look forward to welcoming guests to enjoy the spirit of the festival here at Canary Wharf.”
Councillor Denise Hyland, Leader of The Royal Borough of Greenwich said, “Playing host to London’s first Regatta for 25 years will provide us with a fantastic opportunity to boost the local economy. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to turn out to watch the Tall Ships sail past some of London’s famous landmarks. It will also provide opportunities for local young people to gain new skills as they experience life sailing on the high seas. We cannot wait to play host to this event and are looking forward to the ships arriving in September.”
Event Details :
Saturday 6 September 10am – 6pm
Sunday 7 September 10am – 6pm
Monday 8 September 10am – 6pm
Tuesday 9 September, Parade of Sail from approximately 1pm*
Wood Wharf, Canary Wharf, E14
Space is unreserved and sometimes limited – our advice is to turn up early. For everyone’s enjoyment, portable furniture is not permitted and for everyone’s safety, glass bottles and glasses are not permitted. Due to adverse weather conditions, viewings may be cancelled at short notice.
* Times may vary due to tides and weather conditions
NOTES TO EDITORS
About The Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Festival 2014
From 5-9 September, the Royal Borough of Greenwich will host the first Tall Ships Regatta since 1989. The event is sponsored by Barratt London.
Over 50 Tall Ships from around the world will be moored along the Greenwich shoreline with daily sails up the River Thames to London Bridge, including Sea Cadets flagship, TS Royalist which will be based at Wood Wharf, Canary Wharf. Sea Cadets and Seafarers UK are the official charity partners for the Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Festival 2014. It is especially fitting that TS Royalist should be taking part in the race this, its last year of service, since Royalist was originally built for the race in 1971.
About Sail Training International
The international sailing event has been organised by STI, a registered charity which promotes education through sail training activities for young people around the world. It organises an annual tall ships race and next year’s event from Falmouth to Greenwich will link two towns famous for their rich maritime history.
The annual international Regatta is organised by STI, the international voice of Sail Training, a registered charity (not-for-profit organisation), which has worldwide membership and activities. Its purpose is the development and education of young people through the Sail Training experience, regardless of nationality, culture, religion, gender or social background. It organises the annual Tall Ship Races and other international Tall Ship sailing events. STI members are 29 national Sail Training organisations around the world and STI’s head office is in Gosport, Hampshire, UK www.sailtraininginternational.org
About Canary Wharf Group plc
Canary Wharf Group plc is an integrated property development, investment and management group of companies. It is focussed on the design, construction, leasing and management of grade A office space and high-quality retail, residential and leisure facilities in central London. Over the past 20 years Canary Wharf Group has regenerated derelict wharves into one of the world’s premier business and shopping districts, constructing over 16m sq ft of office space; more than any other company in London. These buildings are now occupied by over 100,000 people.
Canary Wharf Group’s tenants, clients and occupiers include some of the world’s leading business organisations from the media, legal, accounting, financial services, IT, energy and transport sectors. Canary Wharf Group has also developed and successfully let over 300 shops, bars, cafes and restaurants including many of Britain’s leading brands.
In addition to development on the Canary Wharf Estate, the Group is also involved with projects across London. The Pan Peninsula and Drapers Gardens developments have been successfully completed and construction continues on 20 Fenchurch Street (Walkie Talkie) in the City of London which is already 87% let. The Group is also in a joint venture with Qatari Diar for the redevelopment of the Shell Centre on London’s South Bank.