Crewed by youngsters who need a lifebelt

The Tall Ships Race comes to Britain this year

starting on 31 August in Falmouth, Cornwall and arriving in Greenwich, London

on 5 September.

At least 50 per cent of the crews aboard these

magnificent sailing machines are aged between 15 and 25 and have risen to new

challenges a world away from the dreary background of broken families, drug

abuse, and petty crime.

46 sail training vessels from around the world,

including 11 square sail Tall Ships, will arrive in Falmouth for

four days of festivities from 28th to 30th August before the race start on the

31st.

The whole town will be involved in a programme of

shore side entertainment and events, mostly free of charge, accompanied

by live music from 11.00am, to 11.00pm daily.

There will be free access to explore the largest ships

in Falmouth Docks before the ships leave Falmouth in a spectacular Parade of

Sail to the start line off Falmouth Bay on Sunday 31st August, from

11.00am to 2.00pm.

They will pass between Henry VIII’s twin Tudor castles

of Pendennis and St Mawes, before crossing Falmouth Bay then head eastwards en

route to London, sailing up the River Thames to the finish port of Royal

Greenwich, for a further five days of festivities.

For more information see www.uksailtraining.co.uk