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Tall Ships' Races

Italian tall ship Amerigo Vespucci in New York Harbor, 1976.

The Tall Ships' Races are races for sail training "tall ships" (sailing ships). The races are designed to encourage international friendship and training for young people in the art of sailing. 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. Over one half (fifty-percent) of the crew of each ship participating in the races must consist of young people.

Between 1973 and 2003 the races were known as The Cutty Sark Tall Ships' Races, having been sponsored by Cutty Sark whisky. From 2004 to 2010 the races were supported by The City, Province, and Port of Antwerp. The current sponsor of the Tall Ships' Races 2010–2014 is the city of Szczecin.[1]


  • Tall ships 1
  • The race 2
  • Years 3
    • 2013 3.1
  • Sail Training International 4
  • Some ships that have participated 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • Further reading 8
  • External links 9

Tall ships

By the 21st century, "Tall ship" is often used generically for large, classic, sailing vessels, but is also a technically defined term by Sail Training International. The definitions are subject to various technicalities, but by 2011 there are only two size classes, class A is square-rigged vessels and all other vessels over 40 m LOA, and classes B/C/D are 9.14 m to under 40 m LOA. 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 15–25 years of age and who 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 (30 ft) 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 race

After World War II, the tall ships where a dying breed, having lost out to steam-powered ships several decades before. It was a retired solicitor from London, Bernard Morgan, who first dreamed up the idea of bringing young cadets and seamen under training together from around the world to compete in a friendly competition. The Portuguese Ambassador to the UK, Sagres. The 50th Anniversary Tall Ships' Races took place during July and August, 2006, and was started by the patron, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who also started the first race in 1956.[3]



  • Race One starts in Aarhus (Denmark) (4 July 2013 – 7 July 2013) to Helsinki, Finland (arriving 17 July 2013 – 20 July 2013)
  • Cruise in company from Helsinki to Riga, Latvia (25 July 2013 – 28 July 2013).
  • Race Two from Riga to Szczecin, Poland (3 August 2013 – 6 August 2013)

In the 2013 race, the Norwegian vessel Wyvern was shipwrecked between the Swedish islands of Gotland and Öland in the Baltic Sea. The crew were rescued. A man from the Dutch schooner Wylde Swan was presumed drowned after he and two others from the schooner had boarded the Wyvern in an attempt to save it from going down.[5][6]

Sail Training International

The Tall Ships' Races are organised by sail training".

Some ships that have participated

See also


  1. ^ Sail Training International - The Tall Ships Races 2011
  2. ^ "The First Tall Ships Race". Sail Training International. Retrieved 2014-11-30. 
  3. ^ "Tall Ships get Royal send-off". BBC News. Retrieved 2006-07-11. 
  4. ^ Cutty Sark Tall Ships Races 1998 Official Program
  5. ^ Berglund, Nina (11 July 2013). "Historic vessel sinks off". News in English (Sweden). Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  6. ^ Berentsen, Arvid; et al (11 July 2013). "Navnet på den omkomne er frigitt".  
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k 1998 Tall Ships Official Program
  8. ^ Mark Pepper. "Tall ship joins the Lord Mayor's celebration" The Times (London). Monday, 3 July 1989. (63436), col D-H, p. 3.
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Further reading

  • Harry Bruce, Tall Ships: an Odyssey (Toronto, 2000)
  • American Sail Training Association, Sail Tall Ships (Newport, 2000)
  • Rigel Crockett, Fair Wind and Plenty of It

External links

  • Video of The Tall Ships Races 2014 in Bergen
  • At Sea Sail Training
  • 2010 Great Lakes
  • Antwerp 2010
  • Aalborg 2010
  • Kristiansand 2010
  • Hartlepool 2010
  • Waterford 2011
  • Lerwick 2011
  • Halmstad 2011
  • Sail Training International
  • Tall Ships' Races 2007
  • Tall Ships' Races 2007 Final in Szczecin
  • Tall Ships' Races 2006
  • Tall Ships' Races 2005
  • Tall Ships' Races 2004
  • Tall Ships, a collection of tall ships photographs and articles about tall ships and the Tall Ships' Races, where anyone can read or post about their experience on board the tall ships and find out how to get involved
  • Tall Ships Gallery - Photographs of Tall Ships by photographer Richard Sibley.
  • "Tall Ships Race Start - off River Dart Mercator, Flying Clipper, Sorlandet, Creole - possibly 1956".  
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