Getting ready to host the Tall Ships 2011

Preparations for the arrival of the Tall Ships fleet in July 2011 are moving forward. Sail Inverclyde is the charity set up by Riverside Inverclyde, Inverclyde Council and Clydeport to deliver the land-based activities associated with this prestigious event.

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An update on progress at James Watt Dock has become a regular feature at their Board meetings.

Riverside Inverclyde's Head of Operations, George Hunter, said: "Updates are regularly provided by James Watt Dock LLP to Sail Inverclyde on the emerging masterplan. This includes information on the new access road contract and a progress report on works in the Sugar Sheds. "Artists' impressions of what James Watt Dock will look like have helped the Board envisage the Harbour Master's berthing plan and the four zones identified by the Project Manager for land-based entertainment."

The Tall Ships Races 2011 is likely to attract more than 80 ships and 3500 crew members.

Greenock is the second port in the series, which starts in Waterford and also visits Lerwick, Stavanger and Halmstad.

In 1999, the event attracted 800,000 visits to Greenock's Waterfront and brought substantial economic benefits to Inverclyde and the west of Scotland.

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