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Antwerp 2019

the International Sail Training and Tall Ships Conference 2019 brought us to Antwerp, Belgium, from Thursday 5 to Saturday 7 December 2019.

Located in the heart of Europe, Antwerp is Belgium’s second-biggest city, with a penchant for vibrant fashion, entertainment and architecture. It has also voted one of the top 10 most attractive and enjoyable cities in the world by Lonely Planet.

This beautiful city was awarded the Bronze Award at the BEA 2017 Awards as a recognition of its great success as a host Port of the Tall Ships Races in 2016.


The Sail Training International Annual Conference is always a must attend event and is open to everyone involved in Sail Training for young people. Our attendees include vessel operators, sail training programme providers, future Tall Ships Races host port providers, bidding cities and host ports for future events and representatives from Sail Training International endorsed events.

Keynote Speaker: James Ketchell

We were delighted to welcome British adventurer James ‘Captain Ketch’ Ketchell as the keynote speaker of the International Sail Training & Tall Ships Conference 2019.

James is a testament to the power of resolve and belief as the first man to row the Atlantic Ocean, summit Mount Everest and cycle 18,000 miles around the world, in what the media dubbed “The Ultimate Triathlon” – all after recovering from a serious motorcycle accident that left him temporarily unable to walk.

The audience of delegates from around the world were treated to an inspiring keynote speech by the incredible adventurer as his experiences of overcoming adversity and achieving the extraordinary will resonate with all members of the world of Sail Training and Tall Ships.

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