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Ahoy!!!!!….Tall Ship Thalassa sets sail from Ulster’s shore

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Mayor Joann Baird with Cpatain Jacob in the wheel house .Picture Kevin McAuley/McAuley Muultimedia

Ahoy!!!!!….Tall Ship Thalassa sets sail from Ulster’s shore

Tall Ship Thalassa sounded her horn as Captain Jacob and his crew waved goodbye to the Irish shore, when she sailed out of Ballycastle on the North Coast– marking the end of her summer visit to Ireland.

Thalassa is Ulster’s best known Tall Ship, she is a regular visitor to Ports from Belfast to Londonderry, and is a common slight on the coast, during the summer months, she is the best known Tall Ship on these shores.

Barquentine Thalassa is an imposing and seaworthy tall ship. The three master is one of the most beautiful and fastest sea sailors of the Dutch fleet. Rigged according to old traditions, Thalassa is fitted with all modern safety conveniences and perfectly combines adventurous sailing with comfortable enjoyment. The warm atmosphere, the tasteful ambiance of her saloon and the comfortable cabins make her a enjoyable stay for the guests on board. The capable crew captained by Jacob Jan Dam and the excellent cuisine makes a trip with Thalassa an unforgettable experience. Weather you book a one-day trip, a weekend or a cruise, the ship will meet up to your expectations of a successful and adventurous, active holiday.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” (Mark Twain)

Thalassa was originally built in 1980 in Harlingen, Holland, but after she sank in 1985 Arnold Hilkema and Jacob Jam Dam totally rebuilt and refitted her.. She was relaunched in 1995.

2004 was the first year she competed in The Tall Ships Races, and she has taken part in the Tall Ship Races ever since.

The beautiful vessel, one of the most recognisable Tall Ships to dock in Northern Ireland, was here as part of a serious of Whiskey tours

Skippered by Jacob Jan Dam, the Dutch vessel was a striking addition to the moorings at Ballycastle Harbour

The week long sailing and whiskey trip began in Troone in Scotland taking passengers on a tasting tour around the region, including a visit to the world famous distillery in Bushmills.

Before departing from Ballycastle, the Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Councillor Joan Baird OBE, enjoyed a tour of the vessel and met some of those on board.

Speaking afterwards she said: “The Thalassa is such a beautiful vessel, and my thanks go to the Captain and crew members for their very warm welcome. All those I spoke to said their visit to the area had been wonderful, and was certainly among the highlights of their trip. Watching the ship sail away from Ballycastle, in the shadow of Fairhead, with the masts blowing in the wind, was a sight to behold, and we look forward to welcoming her back again next year.”

From Ballycastle, the Thalassa was heading for Campbeltown in Scotland and next month it will attend the Hamburg Cruise Days maritime event in Germany.

Following this, it sets sail for more exotic shores with a six-month voyage to the Caribbean.

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