Sunderland has been awarded host port status for the "Tall Ships Races" in 2018, and has been selected to be the start port for the race series.
Leader of Sunderland City Council, Councillor Paul Watson said: “This is fantastic news that Sunderland has been chosen as a host port for The Tall Ships races in 2018. This success reflects the enthusiastic response from partners, organisations and individuals across the whole region who supported our bid. It shows once again our strengths for holding and hosting events such as The Sunderland International Airshow, stadium concerts and the Sunderland Illuminations.
“This is a great event everyone to experience and enjoy our river. There are going to be many opportunities for young people in terms of volunteering, developing new skills and making new friends during the event.
“I hope everyone takes advantage of the opportunities this is bringing and joins us to make it a truly memorable experience for the crews as we welcome them to the ‘home of shipbuilding’.”
As well as Sunderland City Council and the Port of Sunderland, other key partners include Sunderland Live and the Sunderland Music, Arts and Culture Trust. Major partners also include Sunderland AFC, the University of Sunderland and the National Glass Centre - all located in the perfect place - next to the River Wear.