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The Virtual Tall Ships Races 2020

Posted on: 26.06.20

We’re excited to announce that the Virtual Tall Ships Races 2020 will take place from 2 July-9 August. The virtual races will bring the excitement of The Tall Ships Races to you as we all adjust to the current global COVID-19 pandemic…

Enjoying the thrill of the high seas and spectacle of the Tall Ships fleet may feel like a distant dream, but the Virtual Tall Ships Races 2020 are here to plug the Tall Ship shaped hole in our hearts. We will once again partner with virtual racing simulator Sailonline to complete each postponed race leg in real time, only online.

It won’t just be the on the water action that we’ll be recreating, throughout the races we’ll also bring you the unique vibrance and beauty of each Host Port city. During their originally scheduled in port dates, Lisbon, Cadiz, A Coruña and Dunkirk will showcase what a fantastic experience The Tall Ships Races are when they sail into port and also provide a preview of what you can expect in 2021 when the rescheduled races will be run.

Virtual Tall Ships Races Dates:

Lisbon, Portugal: 2-5 July

Race One*

Cadiz, Spain: 9-12 July


A Coruña, Spain: 24-27 July

Race Three

Dunkirk, France: 6-9 August

*Sailonline’s first race will open for practice Wednesday, 1 July at 1200utc

What is Virtual Tall Ship Racing?

Virtual racing simulators are online games that let you experience the thrill of an epic race from the comfort of home or anywhere else you have an internet connection. You are able to race against a large online community of fellow racers, all trying to master the powers of the elements and cross the finish line first.

Races play out in real time, following the exact same race routes and waypoints of the original route of the postponed races. You’ll also benefit from realistic weather conditions for the race, giving you the chance to learn how to take advantage of wind speeds and directions to take you to the front of the fleet!

For the Virtual Tall Ships Races 2020, we’ll be welcoming captains of the Tall Ships fleet to take control of their ship online and join the action. You will be able to keep up with all the action with our traditional race reports and follow along live at

sail online virtual tall ships races


We’ve teamed up with racing simulator, Sailonline to bring you the Virtual Tall Ships Races 2020. One of the best things about Sailonline is that it allows more flexibility for beginners, with a hugely increased margin for error and experimentation.

If you’ve ever fancied being the Captain of ship, leading and motivating your crew to brave the elements and steer your own vessel through the race legs you can right here. Registration is easy, just click to register for an account, verify your email and you’re ready to go.

Best of all, it’s free to take part in each race of the series, so what are you waiting for!

Sign Up to Sailonline