Few turn out to wave Tall Ships goodbye

22nd August 2005, Comments 0 comments

22 August 2005, AMSTERDAM — Only a small crowd of people turned out to wave farewell as the SAIL maritime festival ended with a "SAIL OUT" of Tall Ships on Monday.

22 August 2005

AMSTERDAM — Only a small crowd of people turned out to wave farewell as the SAIL maritime festival ended with a "SAIL OUT" of Tall Ships on Monday.

The Kaliakra from Bulgaria and Portugal's Sagres II were the first vessels to leave the IJ harbour at 8.45am. The other Tall Ships left one at a time every 15 minutes after that. Each vessel received a canon salute as it left Amsterdam.

The "SAIL IN" last Wednesday at the start of the six-day event attracted hundreds of thousands of spectators.

News agency ANP estimated a few hundred people turned up on Monday morning to watch the departure of the boats.

'De Beatrix' sailed at 11am, the last vessel to leave. The catamaran was named by Queen Beatrix on Saturday.

[Copyright Expatica a News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news 

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