A flotilla of tall ships from Europe's biggest classic sailing ship race has arrived in Ramsgate.
The Race of the Classics, now into its 21st year, sailed into the town's Royal Harbour Marina this morning, earlier than originally expected.
The 20 tall ships are spending today (Wednesday) in the harbour, before leaving at around 6.00am tomorrow (Thursday) morning.
The race started from Rotterdam, before heading for Ramsgate and Ostende in Belgium, before finishing in Amsterdam.
The race is organised by students and the ships are crewed by a mixture of international students, accompanied by professional sailors, all competing for the Challenge Cup. It is the largest event of its kind in Europe to involve non-professionals on tall ships.
Harbourmaster Captain Dominic Evans said: "It's wonderful to be welcoming the majestic tall ships back to Ramsgate. They make a beautiful sight and always draw huge crowds to the Royal Harbour Marina. It's one of the highlights of the year for us and we're delighted that they've been able to come over to visit us again."
Ed Click here for some pictures of them here the year before last.