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Greenock's Tall Ships Races 2011 welcomes first vessel

Tall ship MIR arriving in Greenock. Photo by Ian McKendrick
Image caption The Russian three-masted ship MIR arrived at Cardwell Bay near Gourock on Tuesday evening

Greenock has welcomed the first vessel in this year's Tall Ship Race.

The Russian three-masted ship MIR arrived at Cardwell Bay near Gourock on Tuesday evening and berthed at Greenock on Wednesday.

Greenock is hosting the second stage of the race, following Waterford, Ireland. About 60 ships are due to arrive at James Watt Dock for the event.

About 800,000 visitors are expected to attend a festival over the weekend to celebrate the race.

The quayside will be taken over by music stages, street theatre and circus workshops from 9 to 12 July.

Glaswegian singer Lulu has been announced as one of the headline acts alongside Scottish band Deacon Blue.

There will also be a fireworks display on 11 July.

MIR was built at the Gdansk shipyard in Poland in 1987 and is crewed by up to 199 sailors.

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