The Tall Ships Races 2021 will take place between 26 June and 3 August. During these six weeks, the races will visit Klaipeda, Turku, Tallinn, Mariehamn, and Szczecin…
We’re thrilled to be returning to the Baltic Sea to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the Tall Ships Races and Regattas. The 2021 race series will see the fleet visit five fantastic ports with three race legs and a Cruise-in-Company. Klaipeda and Szczecin are both regular fixtures in the Tall Ships Races, having hosted a total of seven times between them. Tallin, Estonia, Mariehamn, Aland islands, and Turku, Finland, have also hosted the fleet before and all five ports will look forward to welcoming them back again.
“The Tall Ships Races 2021 will see the Tall Ships fleet return to the magnificent and challenging Baltic Sea.
“The event starts in Klaipeda, Lithuania, on the 27th June, the fleet will depart Klaipeda on the 30th June to begin preparations for the 250 nautical miles of Race one, heading towards the River Aura in Turku, Finland. The fleet will then depart Turku on the 8th July for a Cruise-in-Company with vessels visiting ports and inlets along the picturesque Finish Coast to the Estonian port of Tallinn, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
“From Tallinn, Race Two will cover a 140 Nautical Mile distance to Mariehamn, Åland Islands, a town with a long and proud tradition of sailing in the self governing region of Aland.
“The final race of the series will take the fleet south through the Baltic Sea to Szczecin, Poland, a distance of 400 nautical miles. The impact of Tall Ships has helped regenerate the city into a vibrant sailing focused community, which will provide the perfect culmination to the series.”
Ben Stuart, Race Director Sail Training International
Klaipeda is Lithuania’s symbolic gateway to the world and the third-largest, and oldest, city in Lithuania. The city has many attractions for visitors including the Lithuanian Sea Museum, which is located in the renovated Nerija Fort, and the Old Town. Klaipeda also celebrated its 765th anniversary in 2017 and is looking forward to welcoming the Tall Ships fleet for the fifth time in 2021.
The city Turku is situated on the banks of the River Aura, and was previously the capital of Finland. The vessels will travel on a spectacular route through the archipelago, before arriving right in the middle of the city. The Tall Ships Races 2021 will mark the 25th anniversary of the first time the city welcome the Tall Ships to its heart.
The historic city of Tallinn is the capital of Estonia and recognised as a UNESCO world heritage site. Tallinn’s Seaplane harbour is also home to one of the most modern maritime museums in Europe and is a home port to museum ships. This will be the second time the city has hosted the Tall Ships Races and it will offer a vibrant, youthful and modern atmosphere for visitors and ships.
Mariehamn, Åland Islands
Mariehamn is located in the Åland Islands, halfway between Sweden and Finland in the heart of the Baltic Sea. The town has a population of over 11,000 people and is nicknamed “port of the last windjammers” as it was once home to the world’s largest oceanic sailing ships. Mariehamn first hosted the Tall Ships fleet in 1988.
Szczecin is one of the largest cities in the north of Poland and is located on the banks of the Oder River. The city has a population of over 400,000 and many beautiful tourist attractions and landmarks including the Szczecin Philarmonic building and the renovated Ducal Castle which holds exhibitions and classical concerts. The city will be the final port of the Tall Ships Races 2021 and will welcome the fleet for the fourth time.