Tall Ship Races & Regattas

Every year Sail Training International organise the Tall Ships Races and Tall Ships Regattas.  The first event took place 60 years ago.  The Tall Ships Races and Regattas take place mainly in Europe but every now and again there is an extra special event.  In 2017 this is the RDV 2017 Tall Ships Regatta, visiting Bermuda, Boston, Halifax, Quebec and Le Havre.

Nothing can quite prepare you for the unforgettable atmosphere of racing.  Picture yourself sailing on a beautiful Tall Ship, miles out to sea, with the waves crashing against the hull, no land in sight, the sun rising behind you, and your closest competitor hot on your heels.

Races and regatta are broken down into “legs” or races. The number of legs depends on how many host ports are taking part – you’ll race from one port to the next.  Along with the race legs, there is also the opportunity to take part in a “cruise in company”.  This is not a race – it’s an opportunity to take things at a more leisurely pace.

Once you arrive in port the festivities begin with a spectacular opening ceremony.  Then there is the  crew parade and prize giving, crew party, cultural and sporting activities competing against the crews from the other tall ships.

Upcoming Races

Three Festivals Tall Ship Regatta 2018

The three festivals tall ship regatta 2018 will kick off in Liverpool with an epic four days of celebrations.  The event will also coincide with the International Mersey River Festival, a three day celebration of Liverpool's rich and historic waterfront and maritime heritage. 

Race 1.  Liverpool - Dublin. 27th May - 3rd June 2018. 

The first race eg of the regatta will take you on a four day voyage across the Irish Sea to Dublin.  WIth specially positioned way points transforming the 120 mile direct route into a 300 mile race course, the voyage between two iconic cities will introduce you to an invigorating world of adventure like no other.

The Tall Ship Races 2018

Four fantastic cities and two challenging races across the North Sea makes the Tall Ships Races 2918 an essential event in the sail training calendar.  Brace yourself for an invihgorating voyage across the North Sea, from Sunderland, Uk to Esbjerg, Denmark.  The international fleet will then undertake a breath-taking cruise in company between Denmark and Norway, before racing down to The Netherlands.

Race 1.  Sunderland - Esbjerg.  13th July - 20th July 2018.

This four day passage across the North Sea will provide you with ideal racing conditions, which will help you hone your exisiting and new-found sailing skills.  You'll also have lots of time to bond with your crewmates in what will be an unforgettable sailing experience.  

Race 2.  Esbjerg - Stavanger.  20th July - 28th July 2018.

Throughout this voyage, the Tall Ship fleet will have the opportunity to take part in a non-competive event - a cruise of friendship and adventure.  You will get the chace to enjoy invogirating sailing, amazing coastal scenery and an excellent programme of activities as you sail north from Denmark to Norway.   Stopping in a selcetion of ports along the way, this voyage is the perfect change to experience all that Denmark and Norway have to offer.  You'll find wonderful landscapes, natural reserves, amazing bays, pretty anchorages, historical ports, diverse dining, cultural expereinces, and much more.  

Race 3.  Stavanger - Harlingen.   28th July - 5th August 2018.

During this final four day voyage, you'll put your new found sailing skills to the test, while racing toward the finish port of Harlingen and the glory of the final Prize-Giving ceremony.  Get ready for a spectacular celebration like no other - the atmosphere in the final port of the Tall Ships Races 2018 will be electrifying blockbuster welcome in this Dutch seaport. 

Small Ship Races 2018

Cowes Small Ships Race Saturday 6th October 2018. This is an annual 'round the cans' race. The ASTO Small Ships Races are a youth event open to any Sail Training Vessels of which at least half the crew is under 25 years of age. Small Ships Races are run under the rules of Tall Ships Races but with, as the name suggests, some smaller vessels involved. Although these events are termed races, and there is certainly hot competition on the water, the main aim is to bring a range of Sail Training vessels together for their crews to compete, socialise and rise to the challenge.