Sail Training International thanks Sunderland for warm welcome at Tall Ships Races

The organisers of the Tall Ships Races have thanked Sunderland and its people for their fantastic welcome to the city.

Ben Stuart, director of Sail Training International and Pauline Appleby, commercial director, have been speaking to the Echo about how the event has been going so far.

Ben Stuart and Pauline Appleby of Sail Training International.

Ben Stuart and Pauline Appleby of Sail Training International.

So far, Sunderland has hosted two fantastic days of free, famliy entertainment for the people of the city and beyond.

Tomorrow, the serious part of the event will get underway as the Parade of Sail takes place, and the Races officially start.

Ben had nothing but praise for Sunderland’s event makers and other volunteers. He said: “Everyone is very helpful and nothing has been too much trouble for them.

“But at the same time, it has all been low-key in how they’ve dealt with things.”

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The organisation of the Wearside leg of the races has been “tremendous”, Ben said, adding that Sunderland’s part of the event has been “an absolute pleasure” - and that the city would definitely be welcome to apply to host the Tall Ships again in future.

Pauline also hailed the city for giving the ships and crew such a great welcome - and urged the public to visit the Port of Sunderland tomorrow to watch the Parade of Sail, followed by the start of the race five miles off-shore.

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She added: “It will be quite magnificent and probably something that’s not been seen in this area for a very long time.”