Tall Ship Races & Regattas

Every year Sail Training International http://www.sailtraininginternational.org/ 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

Tall Ship Biscay Regatta 2018

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

  • Race 2.  Dublin - Bordeaux.  3rd June - 16th June 2018. 

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.