The largest gathering of tall ships to visit South Australia in 25 years can be seen from noon today at Semaphore jetty as they arrive for Saturday’s Tall Ships Festival at Port Adelaide’s Inner Harbor.
The South Australian based One and All and Falie will be joined by the training ship Lord Nelson and three Dutch sailing ships - the Europa, the Oostershelde and the Tecla - which are on route to an international tall ship regatta in Sydney.
The Dutch fleet of bark, schooner and lugger class vessels will muster off Semaphore jetty around midday today before being led into port by the One and All where they will be open to the public for sailing trips and dockside viewings until Sunday.
The actual Tall Ships Festival will be staged at Lighthouse Square from10am to 6pm on Saturday.
Tourism Minister Leon Bignell is encouraging South Australians to exploit the early spring weather and revisit Port Adelaide and its maritime history.
“Particularly if you haven’t visited the Port for a while, this is a great opportunity to head down there with the family and really explore this unique part of Adelaide,” Mr Bignell said.
“Whether it’s the boats, the classic maritime architecture or the pubs and cafes, this is a great weekend to rediscover Port Adelaide.
“Saturday’s free festival will have plenty of entertainment including kids’ workshops, music, market stalls as well as plenty of food and drinks.”
Visitors are encouraged to head to McLaren Wharf and climb aboard one of the magnificent old ships.
The wider Port Adelaide precinct is joining in the celebrations with pirate-themed treasure hunts and the Festival of Maritime Trades at the South Australian Maritime Museum.
The Festival of Maritime Trades resurrects trades from the era of sail with a collection of craftsmen on-hand to demonstrate their handiwork. These include a sail maker, shipwright, cooper, rope maker, model maker and blacksmith.
To experience life on board a Dutch tall ship and for more information please visit the Dutch Tall Ship website.