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Antwerp 2019

We are delighted to be able to bring the International Sail Training and Tall Ships Conference 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.

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Subsidised Sail Trainer / vessel owner: £250

Full Delegate: £620

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Keynote Speaker: James Ketchell

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

Inspirational speaker 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.

Few can inspire like James with his story of overcoming adversity to achieve the incredible. He continues to challenge himself and in 2019 became the first person to officially fly solo around the globe in 175 days in an open cockpit gyrocopter.

As an accomplished motivational and keynote speaker, James is sure to inspire all delegates in Antwerp. We are sure his experiences of overcoming adversity and achieving the extraordinary will resonate with all members of the world of Sail Training and Tall Ships.

New for 2019: the Conference App

New for 2019, we have launched an app especially for the conference. It is available to download from the Apple app store and Google play. All the information you will require for the conference is available through the app including: information about both the port and city of Antwerp, the conference programme, speaker biographies, registration details, hotel and accommodation information, travel advice and more

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