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8:02am 31st August 2014

It is ready set go for Falmouth's Tall Ships.

47 have been moored up in the port for the last few days to give us a chance to get on board and explore.

The ships, including historic square-rigged vessels, have come from all over the world to the event, including from Holland, Portugal and Poland.

Now crews are getting down to the nitty gritty; the race to Greenwich.

Sam Groom, Event Manager, Cornwall Development Company, said: "Falmouth is no stranger to receiving these giants of the sea, having last hosted the Funchal 500 Tall Ships Regatta in 2008.  

"Alongside the many thousands of visitors who came out to witness these magnificent vessels setting sail from Falmouth Harbour in 2008, a huge spectator fleet graced Falmouth Bay in a show of true Cornish spirit, as yachts, yawls, luggers, pilot gigs and even dinghies and canoes took to the water to wish the ships a fond farewell on the first leg of the Race.

"Those who saw this spectacular sight will know just why we're so excited about this year's festival."

In 2008 the event brought around £12m into the local economy and town centre bosses say this year will also be a massive boost, not just to the port but also Cornwall's wider economy.

8:02am 31st August 2014

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