This news story was originally published before the announcement of the postponement of the Tall Ships Races 2020 to 2021. You can read the full announcement here.
As organisers of the Tall Ships Races, Tall Ships Races International Ltd, a subsidiary of Sail Training International – we are continuing to liaise closely with all relevant bodies over the Coronavirus (COVID-19) along with the implications for, and potential changes to, the arrangements in the ports during the event.
The safety of our trainees, staff, volunteers, vessel operators, partners and visitors to our events are of paramount importance and you will appreciate this is at the foremost of our minds. We want to reassure everyone that safety and wellbeing is at the top of all our decision-making.
To ensure the safety of our staff and in accordance with UK Government recommendations our office team are working from home and can be contacted by email. We have also chosen to furlough some of our team until the end of May but have retained sufficient staff to deliver the services required during that period.
In light of the ongoing restrictions and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are continuing our discussions with the Host Ports and the Tall Ships fleet to examine relevant options available for holding a successful Tall Ships Races 2020 event. Whilst we are also looking at contingency planning, we kindly ask for your patience, while we navigate through this challenging time, we will let you know as soon as we are able to confirm a way forward.
We think now more than ever, our values of international friendship and understanding are a symbol of a better society. We wish everyone good health and look forward to seeing you at a Tall Ships Races & Regattas event.