A brand new website - where people can find out all about The Tall Ships Races in Sunderland - was launched today.
Excitement is mounting for the prestigious event which will see more than 80 ships arrive in the city from July 11 next year.
And for those who want to get a taste of the action, they can find all the latest news on the new website at tallshipssunderland.com.
The races start in Sunderland and then move to Esbjerg in Denmark, and Stavanger in Norway, before the finale in Harlingen in Holland.
It will be one of the biggest events the city has ever seen, said Sunderland City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Public Health, Wellness and Culture, Councillor John Kelly.
He added: “Attracting visitors from across the country and beyond, this website is a fantastic way of letting everyone know what they can expect from this iconic event.
Attracting visitors from across the country and beyond, this website is a fantastic way of letting everyone know what they can expect from this iconic eventJohn Kelly
“Not only will there be information about visiting the event but just as importantly there will be information about opportunities to be part of the event whether as a volunteer or to sail in the races themselves.
“I encourage everyone to save the dates and join in as much as possible to make it an occasion to be proud of.”
Head of Events for Sunderland City Council, Victoria French said: “Our city will be hosting a fantastic four day event with something for everyone and our new website will be a fantastic way of getting the message out.
“We are also working hard to make sure there will be hundreds of opportunities for people to get involved. We hope to have as many people and businesses from the city as possible helping to deliver this world-class event. With this in mind we were delighted to be able to work with a local web design agency based in the city centre to deliver this key element in delivering a successful event.”
The new website has been designed and built by Consult and Design located in The Software Centre.