Thousands of holiday-makers braved driving rain and wintery temperatures to watch the parade of Tall Ships and training yachts at Cowes, Isle of Wight, on Sunday.
GV Ships in Cowes Harbour
SV Spectator in small boat
LV and CU First Tall Ship leaves harbour (3 shots)
SV British Ketch "Master Builder" sails past
LV and CU another Tall ship sails past
LV and CU Soviet barque
GV Royal Yacht "Britannia"
LV and CU Tall ship "Babra Negra" (4 shots)
SV small boats
GV Polish ship "Dar Pomorza" sails past "Britannia"
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Background: Thousands of holiday-makers braved driving rain and wintery temperatures to watch the parade of Tall Ships and training yachts at Cowes, Isle of Wight, on Sunday.
Prince Philip took the salute as the ships sailed past the royal yacht "Brittania" on their way to St. Malo in France - where their crews of young people from all over the world could expect to encounter some warmer weather.
The sail past was a highlight of the annual Cowes week yachting programme It was also one of many events ad races that have been taking place since 14 July during the 1974 series of Tall Ships races.
The spectators could see barques, ketches, schooners, cutters, yawls brigantines, sloops - and there was even a barquentine. Names from the past that still give rise to strong enthusiasms and provide the people who sail in them with opportunities for adventurous experiences in seamanship and co-operation.
From St. Malo some of the ships that were seen at Cowes will race back to Nab Tower, England, in the fourth of the Tall Ships races. So far the tall ships have raced from Copenhagen, Denmark to Gdynia Poland; from Dartmouth, England to Corunna Spain and from Corunna to portsmouth, England.
SYNOPSIS: Tall sailing ships from many parts of the world gathered in Cowes harbour on Sunday. Thousands of holiday-makers braved wintery weather to watch as they assembled to sail past the royal yacht "Brittania" where His Royal Highness Prince Philip took the salute.
Cowes, on the Isle of Wight, is the scene of Britain's most famous yacht racing event and the Tall Ships sail past is a highlight of the Programme. The British ship "Master Builder" was an early starter on the run the ships are making to Saint Malo in France. From there some of them will take part in the fourth of this year's series of Tall Ships Races back to Nab Towe England.
The Russian barque "Tovarisch" is one of the largest ships in the Tall Ships Race at one thousand, seven hundred and twenty seven tons. It's a rule that at least half the crew of each vessel must contain young people between the ages of sixteen and twenty five.
Competition in the Tall Ships race is a way of demonstrating that superb, even if outdated vessels are still capable of undertaking the journeys for which they were designed. It is also an opportunity for the people who sail in them to experience the challenge of a co-operative adventure in very demanding conditions. A "cruise in company" is included in the Tall Ships programme, with crews interchanged between vessels on as large a scale as possible.