Shrouded in morning mist Le Aoife and ILV Granuaile escort Asgard II, Dunbrody and Jeanie Johnson to the start line of the 2005 Tall Ships Race off Hook Head, Co Waterford

Shrouded in morning mist LE Aoife (just visible far left) and ILV Granuaile escort Asgard II, Dunbrody and Jeanie Johnson to the start line of the 2005 Tall Ships Race off Hook Head, Co Waterford. Photo Gillian Mills/Inshore Ireland

Early on a misty morning on July 9, more than 80 of the world’s most spectactular tall ships slipped anchor at Waterford and began their passage down the River Suir, making their way past Dunmore East to open water at Hook Head and to the start of the 2005 Tall Ships race.

The parade of sail was led by Ireland’s three  tall ships: Asgard II, Dunbrody and Jeanie Johnson, representing a “magic moment in Irish maritime history,” remarked Capt Michael Coleman, retired Cork Harbour Pilot and master of Jeanie Johnson.

Seventy young Irish sail trainees took part on the fist leg to Cherbourg, France. The race continued on to Newcastle, England, and finally across the North Sea to Fredikstad, Norway.