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The Spirit of Cutty Sark

In the spirit of Cutty Sark, ‘Falls of Clyde International’ are promoting the ‘Return of the Clipper Tea Races’ as an annual event.  

Tea Races 2025

The proposal is that once our tall ship ‘Falls of Clyde’ built in Port Glasgow in 1878, is rebuilt in Glasgow, not far from where the Cutty Sark was built, that she will engage in planned future operations across the globe. This includes education at sea, carry Fairtrade Cargo, and offer sail training and clean up ocean plastic waste for recycling.

As we engage with tea producers from China, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and African tea producers, we are receiving very positive indications of interest in taking part.

Our ship will challenge, another tall ship with ’emission free’ propulsion, but primarily using sail power, to meet in China or India, collect a token cargo, then race the traditional route that once the Cutty Sark made famous.

It is anticipated that this race would become a global media interest series of events as the two ships race home to the UK. This could attract global branding sponsorship, part of which could be made to the continued preservation of the Cutty Sark, further discussions will be required.

This new event could be as big as the ‘Americas Cup and the Volvo Ocean Series’, with cities enroute benefitting from increased tourism and commercial opportunities. As the Falls of Clyde is a Clyde built ship, we propose that unlike in the past where the races finished in London, we propose that this time they finish on the River Clyde, giving Scotland a major global maritime and media interest event.

Communities are forefront to our planned operations as we will offer skills training and global travel opportunities alongside educational scholarships.

Initiatives such as this and the other proposed ship operations will guarantee the long term future of the Falls of Clyde well into the future and develop opportunities for communities and heritage on the Clyde and in Hawaii.

Any parties interested in forward registration of interest should contact myself, David O’Neill at