Monday, 23 July 2012

Sail Tall at Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival 30 August to 2 September

Greater Yarmouth Tourist Authority is offering visitors to the resort the chance to ‘Sail Tall’ on the square-rigged two–masted Brig Mercedes, which will be alongside historic South Quay for the town’s annual Maritime Festival, taking place on Saturday 1 September and Sunday 2 September.

The Mercedes’ sailing trips are on Thursday 30 and Friday 31 August, as well as Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 September. Tickets are available online at and from Great Yarmouth Tourist Information Centre, Marine Parade, or tel. 01493 332200.

Traditional rigged tall ships are elegant images of the high seas, and the Mercedes is no exception. The massive brigantine is a German registered tall ship, which was fitted out in Holland and began sailing in 2005. It combines the latest technology in a modern, yet very traditional tall ship, which can also welcome wheelchair users. It was designed to provide sailing in unashamed luxury with comfortable lounges, deck saloon and bar.

Ken Sims, Chairman of the Greater Yarmouth Tourist Authority said: “We are delighted to welcome back the Mercedes to this year’s Maritime Festival. Trips on tall ships at previous Maritime Festivals proved very popular with visitors who were keen to experience life under sail on the high seas.”

Sailing Trips Information

Sailings on the Mercedes will depart from the south end of South Quay as follows:

Thursday 30 August at 9.00am and 17.30 (3-4 hour sailing)

Friday 31 August at 10.45am and 18.30

Saturday 1 September at 19.00 and Sunday 2 September at 19.30

All sailings are 2-3 hours in duration, tickets cost £35 with the exception of the Thursday evening 3-4 hour sailing which is priced at £42. The exact trip duration will be dependent on tide and weather conditions. Tickets are available on-line at or from Great Yarmouth Tourist Information Centre on 01493 332200.