Tall Ship Race

Tall Ship Race

UK – The Tall Ships Race is sailing the North Sea with sailors on 70 classic sailing Tall Ships and yachts. Photos, News, and Videos of the Tall Ships Race from Liverpool to Maloy.

The Tall Ships Races are races for sail training Tall Ships (sailing ships). Between 1973 and 2003 they were sponsored by Cutty Sark and called “The Cutty Sark Tall Ships’ Races“. They are currently supported by the city, province and port of Antwerp. The races are held annually in European waters and consists of two racing legs of several hundred nautical miles, and a “cruise in company” between the legs.

The phrase Tall Ship was coined to describe the participating ships. Participating vessels are manned by a largely cadet or trainee crew who are partaking in sail training, 50 percent of which must be aged between 15 and 25 and do not need any previous experience. Thus, Tall Ship does not describe a specific type of sailing vessel, but rather a monohull sailing vessel of at least 9.4 metres that is conducting sail training and education under sail voyages. Participating ships range from yachts to the large square-rigged sail training ships run by charities, schools and navies of many countries.

The Tall Ships’ Races are held every summer in European waters. Each year between 70 and 100 vessels from 15-20 countries, crewed by some 5-6,000 young people from over 30 countries worldwide, take part in this unique event that combines four days of activities in each port with racing or cruising-in-company between ports. During the race series the young crews get the chance to gain experience by sailing with their contemporaries from other countries while facing the physical and emotional challenges that only the ocean can provide.

A ‘Tall Ship‘ is not necessarily one of the glamorous square-riggers. Entry is open to any monohull sailing vessel of more than 9.14m waterline length, provided that at least 50 percent of the crew are aged between 15 and 25 years and that the vessel meets Sail Training International‘s safety equipment requirements.

Race One Start in Liverpool UK – 11 days
Måløy, Norway

Fri 1 August – Mon 4 August
Cruise in Company – five days
Bergen, Norway

Sat 9 August – Tue 12 August
Race Two – eight days
Den Helder, Netherlands Wed 20 August – Sat 23 August

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Tall Ship

Tall Ship

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