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Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Festival 2015 Fireworks and Round the World Clipper Race

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Photo – L Katiyo.

The Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Festival 2015 literally went off with a bang with a wonderful firework display captured by regular contributor  L Katiyo.

It might be worth reminding people that most of the focus of this year’s festival is in Woolwich but the ships will be making their way up and down the river over the weekend.

The Tall ships Esmeralda and Lord Nelson are in West India Dock till the 30th August.

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Photo – L Katiyo.

Another major river event takes place on Sunday when the Clipper round the world race start begins at St Katharine Docks , there are plenty of activities  before the race listed below.

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Photo – L Katiyo.

RACE START PARADE OF SAIL

The fleet will arrive at the St Katharine Docks on the afternoon of Thursday 20 August, with the full fleet expected to be berthed by 1730 BST. The Race Village will open daily from 1100 to 1800 from Saturday 22 until Saturday 29 August and from 1000-1800 on Sunday 30 August, when the fleet departs.

The Race Village will feature a wide range of attractions and there will be a number of free open boats each day until Saturday 29 August.

On departure day, Sunday 30 August, the entertainment gets underway at 1100 with the official departure ceremony and crews taking to stage in the Centre Basin pontoon stage between 1300 and 1400.

1. St Katharine Docks – The fleet enter the Thames 1415-1500
2. Butlers Wharf – Circuit south of Wapping 1500-1530
3. Tower Bridge – Fleet to pass underneath 1530-1600
4. Canary Wharf 1615 -1645
5. Greenwich 1700 -1720
6. The O2 Arena 1710 -1730
7. Thames Barrier 1720 -1740
8. QE2 Bridge 1820 -1840

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Photo – L Katiyo.

RACE VILLAGE SCHEDULE

Friday 28 August
1100-1145: British Walkabout Trio
1145-1215: Free Paddle Boarding taster in St Katharine Docks marina with Active 360
1200-1215: Free race talk at the Dome with Recruitment Manager David Cusworth on Clipper Race training and interviews
1230-1300: Free Paddle Boarding taster in St Katharine Docks marina with Active 360
1300: SUP Yoga, paddle boarding class with Active 360, £25 per hour
1300-1345: British Walkabout Trio
1400-1415: Free Clipper Race talk at the Dome with Recruitment Manager, David Cusworth on race training and interviews
1415: SUP paddle boarding class with Active 360, £25 per hour
1500-1145: British Walkabout Trio
1530: SUP Yoga paddle boarding class with Active 360, £25 per hour
1600-1615: Free Clipper Race talk at the Dome with Head of Training, Ben Bowley about race training
1645: SUP paddle boarding class and race with Active 360, £25 per hour
1700-1745: British Walkabout Trio
1800-2000: Free Crew Recruitment Presentation *Please RSVP to Vikki Gillard in Crew Recruitment vgillard@clipper-ventures.com

Saturday 29 August
1100-1130: Free paddle boarding taster in St Katharine Docks marina with Active 360
1120-1135: Free Clipper Race talk at the Dome: Interview with race founder and chairman, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston about how the race has evolved
1145-1220: Chinese Lion Dancers
1145-1215: Free paddle boarding taster in St Katharine Docks marina with Active 360
1230-1300: SUP paddle boarding class and race with Active 360, £25 per hour
1300: SUP Yoga, paddle boarding class with Active 360, £25 per hour
1300-1330: Chinese Lion Dancers
1345-1400: Free Clipper Race talk at the Dome: Interview with alumni crew on the race experience
1415: SUP paddle boarding class and race with Active 360, £25 per hour
1500-1530: Chinese Lion Dancers
1530: SUP Yoga, paddle boarding class with Active 360, £25 per hour
1545-1600: Free race talk at the Dome: Interview with alumni crew on the race experience
1645: SUP paddle boarding class and race with Active 360, £25 per hour
1700-1730: Chinese Lion Dancers
1750-1800: Free Clipper Race talk at the Dome: Interview with Clipper 2017-18 Race crew looking ahead

Sunday 30 August: Race Start
1000-1020: Brazilian Dancers
1230: Drummers perform up the fleet’s masts
1300: Drummers signal start of St Katharine Docks departure ceremony and teams presented on Show Pontoon
1415-1500: Fleet slips lines at St Katharine Docks and enter the Thames
1500-1530: Fleet circuits south of Wapping from Butlers Wharf
1530-1600: Tower Bridge opens for fleet to pass under
1615-1645: View the fleet pass down the Thames from Canary Wharf
1700-1720: View the fleet pass down the Thames from Greenwich
1710-1730: View the fleet pass down the Thames from O2 Arena
1720-1740: View the fleet pass down the Thames from Thames Barrier
1820-1840: View the fleet pass down the Thames from QE2 Bridge

The first race will start off Southend on Monday 31 August at 1230 BST (1130 UTC).

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