A fleet of eight tall ships left Hobart yesterday, expecting to reach Eden by the weekend, before arriving in Sydney on October 3 for Navy centenary celebrations.
Master of the ships, Marty Woods, spoke with the Magnet yesterday before sailing from Hobart.
“We stop in Port Arthur on Wednesday night, sit out Thursday due to heavy weather, then get underway Friday," he said.
“We expect to arrive in Eden at the earliest on Saturday evening, but more likely Sunday. If we have to sit out another blow it will be Monday.
"We'll have just come across Bass Strait, so I'd be very surprised if some boats didn't stop (in Eden), but sometimes you end up further off the coast, for whatever reason, and can't get back."
The public are invited to stop by, see the ships, and offer support before they continue on their voyage.
The fleet includes three Dutch vessels, one British and four Aussies.
The four Australian boats include the Young Endeavour and Soren Larson, who have sailed to Tasmania and are returning, and two Tassie based tall ships that are heading to Sydney and may stop by Eden when they return south in two weeks’ time.
The international boats are circumnavigating the world.
"Australia is mid-voyage," Marty said.
"From here they're on the way home, so it's exciting for them to be half-way around the world."
Another eight tall ships will join them at sea, before they all sail into Sydney Harbour.
The ships range from 53 to 184 feet (16 to 56m) long, and are built in the multi-masted, square-rigged style of yester-year.
The tall ships have come from around the world to participate in the Royal Australian Navy International Fleet Review Sydney 2013.
The Fleet Review commemorates the centenary of the first entry of the Royal Australian Navy's Fleet into Sydney.
On October 4, 1913, the flagship HMAS Australia led the new Australian Fleet Unit comprising HMA Ships Melbourne, Sydney, Encounter, Warrego, Parramatta and Yarra into Sydney Harbour where they were greeted by thousands of cheering citizens lining the foreshore.
The moment was one of great national pride and importance, and recognised as a great step in Australia's progress towards national maturity.
For more information about the International Tall Ships Festival visit www.tallshipfestival2013.com.
To be a part of a tall ship voyage on another occasion, see sydneytallships.com.au