Tallinn Maritime Days showpiece vessel to dock tonight

In addition to the other vessels arriving at the city’s ports for Tallinn Maritime Days, the festival’s most prestigious visiting craft – the Gerda, Finland’s biggest sailing ship – will be arriving at the Seaplane Port in the early hours of Thursday morning. The seaplanes flying in from Finland will join it at the port tomorrow at 3.00 pm.

The double-masted Gerda, which is close to 50 metres long, will remain in dock for the full three days of the festival. The other visiting Finnish craft which visitors will get the chance to admire is the 37-metre Helena, whose home port is Uusikaupunki. It will be arriving on Saturday and also dock at the Seaplane Port. The public will likewise get to see Estonia’s ‘newest’ old ship, the Hoppet – a double-masted schooner which was recently restored to its full glory in Finland. The third foreign vessel visiting the festival is the Libava from Latvia, which will be offering sea-lovers 90-minute pleasure jaunts on Tallinn Bay. The Libava will dock by Terminal D at the Passenger Port.

According to the festival programme, the seaplanes are scheduled to come in for a landing tomorrow (Friday) at 3.00 pm. Nevertheless, their Finnish pilots will make the final decision just before they are due to take off, since everything depends on the weather. Equally dependent on the prevailing conditions is Taavi ‘Miisu’ Varm’s unique videomapping on the Blue Sirius, which is due to take place late on Saturday night. Today’s forecast predicts light winds, which should mean that the event can go ahead. However, we recommend that you check the latest forecasts or take a look at the festival website (www.tallinnamerepaevad.ee) for updates.

One day before the festival begins, all of the places on its cycling tours have been filled, as have those on the excursions to the BLRT shipyard, the Geriljakino screening at the Mine Harbour, the ‘High-Flying Ideas at the Seaplane Port’ tourism conference and the early morning sailing trips on Tallinn bay with Mari Kalkun. Tickets are still available to the jazz concerts on Friday (Sofia Rubina at 9.30 pm) and Saturday (Abraham’s Café at 9.30 pm) as well as to Siiri Sisask’s exclusive concert in the Seaplane Port hangars starting at midnight on Friday night.

For the fifth time, we are once again encouraging festival-goers to capture the spirit of the Maritime Days in words, pictures and videos – so if you spot something in the city or at sea which you think sums up the festival perfectly and which you want to share with others, upload it on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/tallinnamerepaevad. Everyone who does so will be entered in a daily draw for free tickets to festival concerts and other prizes.

Andri Maimets
Press Officer
Tallinn Maritime Days 2012
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The Tallinn Maritime Days are being held at three ports in the city from 13-15 July 2012.