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The Tall Ships Races Magellan-Elcano 500 Series 2021

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Start date 17/08/21
Legs 3
Races 3
Nautical miles 1900




Following its postponement due to the COVID 19 pandemic, we are delighted to announce that The Tall Ships Races 2020 will return as The Tall Ships Races Magellan-Elcano 500 Series 2021…

Following extensive discussions with our Host Port partners in Lisbon, Cadiz and A Coruna, the Tall Ships fleet and all relevant bodies over the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID 19) pandemic, the decision was made to postpone The Tall Ships Races 2020 until 2021.

The Tall Ships Races Magellan-Elcano 500 Series 2021 will take place this year after the Tall Ship Races 2021, which is taking place in the Baltic Sea from 27th June to 3rd August.  The event will start in Falmouth from 17 to 19 August 2021 and follow a revised race course to A Coruna, from 26 to 29 August, Lisbon, from 2 to 5 September, and Cadiz, from 9 to 12 September.

The event will be the perfect opportunity to revisit old friends with Lisbon, Cádiz, and A Coruña, boasting a total of 22 Tall Ships Races and Regattas between them. As you might expect, they’re all eager to finally welcome the international fleet to their shores. We’re also excited to welcome another long standing friend of The Tall Ships Races as Falmouth joins as Host Port for Race One to A Coruña which will begin on 19 August.

We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to all parties for their hard work in ensuring that The Tall Ships Races Magellan-Elcano 500 Series 2021 can be delivered successfully in a safe manner for all those involved. Without their continued efforts, it would be impossible to deliver the world famous Tall Ships Races in the way that we do.

We think now more than ever, our values of international friendship and understanding are a symbol of a better society. Helping to transform the lives of young people, regardless of nationality, culture, religion, gender or social background, through the sail training experience.

The Host Port cities

Falmouth, UK

Falmouth will join Host Ports A Coruña, Lisbon and Cadiz in hosting the race series along the Iberian Peninsula. A long-term friend of Sail Training International’s Races and Regattas, the start port will once again welcome the Tall Ships fleet as they make preparations for Race One south to A Coruña, Spain, on 19 August.


Located in northern Spain, A Coruña is a busy, bustling port. It’s located on a promontory in the entrance of an estuary in a large gulf on the Atlantic Ocean. It’s the richest region and economic engine of Galicia – an autonomous community in north-west Spain.


Spirited Lisbon welcomes the fleet of the Tall Ships Races for the eighth time in 2021 and will provide the perfect backdrop to the festivities.


As the oldest continuously inhabited city in southern Spain (and one of the oldest in south-west Europe), charming Cádiz boasts history, energy and enthusiasm.