So, it had to be today, didn’t it!

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.IMG_0505

Hence, we knew what was afoot. I got a few shots of some awaiting to come into the lock.

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and then noticed that the one in the lock had some sailors right up the rigging.


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That’s a good place to watch the scenery go by!

I did manage to catch one as it came in.

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Just before we were due to leave, one more came through. Unfortunately, I didn’t get its name.

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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.

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By the time we got back, all of the ships had berthed. I stopped off down the quay and took some images from there.

First off, I took a panorama with my iPhone:

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I then took a whole range of images walking around:

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Lastly, just to make you envious (grin) I took some shots from our balcony. Days like this really make it great to live here.


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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:

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If you want to read a bit more about the Tall Ships, here are some links:

http://suffolk.boatshed.com/the-dutch-tall-ship-fleet-in-ipswich-blog-10703.html

The Ipswich Star

 

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