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Dunkirk Conference 2023

We were delighted to have brought the International Sail Training & Tall Ships Conference 2023 to Dunkirk, France, from Friday 17th to Saturday 18th November.

Participants joined us for an unforgettable experience and connected with like-minded individuals who shared their passion for sail training and Tall Ships. With a program full of informative sessions and invaluable networking opportunities, the event was an proved to be an informative and engaging event for everyone involved in this vibrant community.

We are very grateful to the authorities in Dunkirk for their support and advice in helping us to organise an exciting conference for all our stakeholders.

If you were unable to attend the conference or catch any of the sessions live, a number of the sessions were recorded and will be available to view in the coming weeks.

Conference Programme

About Dunkirk

This year the conference was held at the Palais des Congres de Dunkerque – Le Kursaal in Dunkirk. Situated in the north of France, close to the Belgian border, Dunkirk effortlessly brings together history, natural beauty and contemporary art. Following on from the Second World War, the city has undergone a number of expansions, and today has developed into a busy town enjoying unspoilt beaches, marinas and protected conservation areas.

The Dunkirk-Flanders-Opal Coast region was ideally located at the heart of Northwest Europe, along the North Sea and the French-Belgian border. Less than three hours from five European capitals and on the major tourist routes through Northern Europe, Dunkirk is perfectly positioned to welcome delegates from around the world and will provide the perfect setting for the conference.


Each year we see inspirational sail training programmes going on during The Tall Ships Races and outside of our events; and the many amazing individuals who deliver them. The Annual Sail Training Awards, presented at our conference in Gran Canaria, recognised outstanding achievements in sail training and often inspire others.

You can find out who the winners were below.

Sail Training Annual Awards


We are to announce our next conference will take place in A Coruña, Spain, Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd November.

A Coruña 2024

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