Hosting Other Tall Ships Regattas
Sail Training International is the only international organisation in the world that organises races and regattas for sail training Tall Ships. It organises these events mainly in Europe, but also increasingly elsewhere in the world.
We organise The Tall Ships Races every summer in Northern Europe (from the Baltic to the Iberian Peninsula). The first of these events was more than 50 years ago, and they have grown in size and prestige ever since. Today, they routinely attract a fleet of 80 - 100+ sail training vessels from circa 30 countries, 6 - 8,000 trainees from circa 50 countries, 3 - 4 million visitors and 300 - 400 media representatives to the four/ five host ports, and occasional Royal patronage.
Tall Ships Regattas are a new annual series for sail training Tall Ships in the Mediterranean and adjacent seas. They will take place in the Spring or Autumn and their organisation and promotion will draw on Sail Training International’s considerable and unmatched experience with Tall Ships events over many decades.
The regatta series is planned to take place in a three-year cycle: 1) Eastern Mediterranean, Aegean and Black Sea, 2) Adriatic and Middle-Mediterranean, and 3) Middle and Western-Mediterranean.
The first of the series will take place in 2010 in the Aegean and Black Seas, with host ports in Greece, Bulgaria and Turkey.
We expect The Tall Ships Regatta to attract an international fleet of 20 - 40 vessels, including several of the big square rigged sail training Tall Ships from around the world. Some 2 - 3,000 trainee crew members of all ages and abilities and from around the world will participate.
As with The Tall Ships Races in Northern Europe, we expect the Regatta to draw huge crowds to the host ports.
One-off events timed to celebrate an anniversary or some other event are popular with ports - the Funchal 500 Tall Ships Regatta held in 2008 and the Garibaldi Tall Ships Regatta 2010 are two such examples. In 2013 several ports are already expressing interest in hosting an event which could run from a port in the south or west coast of the UK or northern France down to a port on the Iberian peninsular or an eastern Atlantic island.
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for further information.