One of the Pacific Ocean’s most glamorous tall ships will sail up Sydney Harbour on Thursday, 14 October, to take the spotlight at our Classic & Wooden Boat Festival for 2010.
The 145 ft (44.2 m) two-masted brigantine Soren Larsen, arriving from New Caledonia, will berth in Cockle Bay (Darling Harbour) where it will be open for inspection through the festival Saturday and Sunday, 16-17 October.
Soren Larsen is looking splendid after major restoration and re-rigging as a brigantine (square-rigged foremast, fore-and-aft rigged mainmast) and in the late 1970s it embarked on a new ‘acting’ career – first starring in the BBC TV series The Onedin Line and appearing in movies The French Lieutenant’s Woman, The Count of Monte Cristo and Shackleton.
In 1988 Soren Larsen sailed as flagship in the re-enactment of the First Fleet’s 36,000 km voyage from England to Port Jackson.
Based in Auckland, the vessel these days spends most of its time adventure cruising around New Zealand and the South Pacific. This will be its first Sydney visit since 1998.
We’re looking forward to welcoming her next week, along with all the visitors to our popular weekend festival.