Update: Weather delays arrival of VIP vessel to Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival

A lack of wind has delayed the arrival of one of the nautical stars of this year's Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival.

Tall ship Tres Hombres is the world's only sailing cargo vessel and operates without a back-up engine and was due to join other VIP vessels on the historic quayside this morning.

But a lack of wind meant she had a slow journey and when the festival kicked off at 10am this morning she was still making her way to Yarmouth.

Festival chairman Aileen Mobbs said: 'The lack of wind has caused us to have a late arrival for Tres Hombres, but with ships and weather it's always an occupational hazard.

'She's off the coast now and will be towed in some time today and will be here for tomorrow.'


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Thousands of people have poured onto South Quay for the first day of the festival to explore the many stalls and stands, take in the exhibitions and demonstrations and marvel at the visiting vessels that have moored up for the weekend.

The popular event, now in its 15th year, celebrates Yarmouth's rich maritime history while looking at its future.

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Among the VIP vessels is impressive tall ship Minerva, Humber Keel Daybreak and the last remaining steam drifter Lydia Eva. The fun runs until 6pm today and from 10am - 5pm tomorrow.

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