Race of the Classics returns to Ipswich Haven Marina with a fleet of historic tall ships

April 4, 2018

Image caption: “The Race of the Classics” boats at Ipswich Haven Marina, 3 April 2018

A fleet of 20 classic sailing ships from the Netherlands has made its way into ABP’s Wet Dock at the Port of Ipswich as part of 'The Race of the Classics,' the biggest student sailing competition in Europe.

Teams from Colleges and Universities across the Netherlands have been participating in the North Sea race featuring classic tall sailing ships for more than 30 years. This year more than 400 students are taking part in the challenge, which set sail in Rotterdam Veerhaven on Monday, 2 April and will end on Sunday, 8 April at Coenhaven in Amsterdam.

Michiel Colijn, Chairman of Race of the Classics, said: “The people of the Ipswich harbour are always very generous and easy to work with. You can really feel the enthusiasm of the Ipswich Haven Marina staff for our event!

“Participants of the Race of the Classics who have been to Ipswich before, for previous editions of the Race, are always enthusiastic about the lovely journey and the marina.”

Paul Ager, Divisional Port Manager East Anglia, said: "We are proud that the Port of Ipswich is part of the route chosen by the Race of the Classics Foundation as this further strengthens the reputation of the port and town of Ipswich as a magnet for the European sailing community and as an excellent yacht and marina destination.

“The positive energy brought to our town by the race participants is fantastic and we are glad that their visit offers a chance for the public to enjoy a magnificent display of classic tall ships.”