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Ships races set to attract crowds

The Lord Nelson
This will be the third time that the race has visited Merseyside

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to flock to Liverpool over the weekend for the 2008 Tall Ships' Races.

More than 70 ships from across the globe will berth on the Mersey's banks from Friday to Sunday before taking part in a "Parade of Sail" on Monday.

After Liverpool, the ships will gather off Northern Ireland for the start of the first race leg to Maloy in Norway.

The ships will then cruise to Bergen in Norway for the second leg of the race to Den Helder in the Netherlands.

It is the third time race entrants have visited Liverpool - competitors also sailed along the Mersey in 1984 and 1992.

Ships from over 18 countries including Brazil, Poland, Oman and Germany are taking part in the event.

The Princess Royal HRH Princes Anne will tour two of the vessels when she visits the Albert Dock on Friday.

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