Move to attract lucrative Tall Ships to Torbay
THE Tor Bay Tall Ships Association has got its sights set on more visitors to Tor Bay.
The newly-formed group is being headed by mayor Gordon Oliver to try to attract more of the lucrative vessels.
He said: "It has been my ambition to form this association for some years and it is great to have made a start.
"The Tall Ships ethos reflects the Bay's heritage over centuries when it has been a place of shelter for large and small vessels including Royal Navy ships.
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"I am pleased to say that is still fulfils this task today.
"Tall Ship events can create national and international media attention and a range of opportunities for community involvement and enjoyment.
"There are also potential training opportunities for local young people".
Kevin Mowat, executive head of Tor Bay Harbour Authority, said: "The Tall Ship Stavros Niarchos is a regular visitor to Brixham, most recently visiting during Fishstock.
"The interest that Tall Ships generate in the Bay is always significant.
"They can attract large crowds who love to view these beautiful vessels and queues often form when they are open for onboard visits.
"In 2006, Tall Ships set sail from Torbay for a 50th anniversary celebration and the Duke of Edinburgh gave the signal to start the race, just as he did back in 1956.
"The Mayor was instrumental in organising the celebrations and helping with that event which saw a large number of Tall Ships on the start line in Tor Bay."
"We understand we cannot accommodate the larger vessels alongside our existing infrastructure, but we know we can host a Tall Ships event.
"To be able to attract more of these wonderful ships to the Bay would certainly be beneficial to residents and visitors and hopefully we can build on the 50th anniversary celebrations."