Today, I had to leave for the Ipswich Hospital at 11.30 and I wouldn’t be back until at least 3.30. So, what happened – well the annual Dutch Tall Ships race to Ipswich – that is what happened. It started when we noticed a tall ship moored out in the commercial dock. This turned out to be the Gulden Leeuw – Golden Lion. Now, we have seen this before when the last race came to Ipswich in late 2012.
Hence, we knew what was afoot. I got a few shots of some awaiting to come into the lock.
and then noticed that the one in the lock had some sailors right up the rigging.
That’s a good place to watch the scenery go by!
I did manage to catch one as it came in.
Just before we were due to leave, one more came through. Unfortunately, I didn’t get its name.
I did, however, get a video of its passage. The Dutch do like their music when sailing!
I got one last shot as I got in the car.
First off, I took a panorama with my iPhone:
I then took a whole range of images walking around:
Lastly, just to make you envious (grin) I took some shots from our balcony. Days like this really make it great to live here.
To cap the whole day off properly, just as we were leaving this morning there was a loud jet aircraft noise and an RAF Tornado flew over:
If you want to read a bit more about the Tall Ships, here are some links: