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National Sail Training Organisations

Below you will find details and links to the Member National Sail Training Organisations of Sail Training International.

Tall Ships Australia and New Zealand
TANZ was founded in 1996. It represents the interests of 16 sail training organisations and Tall Ship operators in Australia and New Zealand. Its purpose is to promote the development of sail training, with an emphasis on adventure training for young people at sea under sail in Australia, New Zealand and elsewhere. TANZ also plays a key role in the development (for sail training vessel operators) of safety-related codes of conduct and on-board management systems, trainee and professional crew training programmes, and other related programmes. and

Sail Training Association Belgium
Founded in 1994, STA Belgium is a registered charity with national membership. It restored, owns and operates the T/S Williwaw and promotes sail training for young people on many other Belgian vessels.

Sail Training Association of Bermuda
STA Bermuda works to provide opportunities for young people from Bermuda to become trainees on sail training vessels participating in races and festivals in Europe and North America. We believe that sail training is beneficial for the well-rounded development of the youth of Bermuda. STA Bermuda also helps adults take advantage of the same opportunities. Our motto is: Changing Lives Through Ocean Adventure.

Canadian Sail Training Association
Founded in 1984, its membership now includes the owner/operators of 18 vessels ranging in size from a six metre open sloop to an 80 metre barquentine and providing sail training programmes as diverse in scope as the vessels themselves. A key priority for the organisation now is to ensure a regulatory environment that is consistent with the goals and activities of sail training operators and their programmes.

Danish Sail Training Association
Founded in 1996, DSTA represents the interests of 30 members in Denmark, the Faroe Islands and Greenland, including ten sail training vessels (ranging in size from an 18 metre ketch to three Class A full rigged ships) and five ports. The organisation operates a grant scheme to assist trainees taking part in The Tall Ships’ Races.

Sail Training Association Estonia
Founded in 2011 as a non-profit organization by 6 sail training enthusiasts and has grown year by year. Since STA Estonia was founded, we have taken to sea more than 350 trainees and regularly participated in The Tall Ships Races and other sail training events. Our aim is to promote and provide sail training for young people in Estonia, cooperate with sail training vessels  and organize maritime events.


Sail Training Association Finland
STA Finland member sail training vessels have taken more than 16,800 young people to sea since the organization was founded in 1973. These young trainees have also formed their own organisation (The Sail Trainees of Finland Association) which provides opportunities for continuing contact between the trainees and also helps to promote sail training in Finland.


Sail Training Association France – Amis des Grands Voiliers
Founded in 1990, STA France represents the interests of around 40 vessels and about 400 members (individuals – associations – charities – vessels operators) in promoting sail training for young people through exhibitions at various maritime festivals and other events. Through its quarterly publication “Grands Voiliers Infos” and its monthly newsletter, it helps potential young trainees in finding opportunities to embark on sail training vessels around the world


Sail Training Association Germany
Founded in 1984 as a not-for-profit organisation, STAG’s main purpose is the education, development and support of young people of all nationalities through sail training. Its members include 50 sail training vessels and over 5,000 individual members. The organisation operates a bursary programme for sail training vessels and individual trainees.

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HUNGARYSail and Life Training Association Hungary (S.A.L.T.)

Founded  in  2011  S.A.L.T is a not-for-profit organisation which promotes  sail  training  in Hungary. Although Hungary is a land-locked country its goals  are to  promote the  development of sail training  for  young  people  in the Adriatic and Mediterranean  Sea.  It encourages  and supports Hungarian young people to participate  in educational   sail training  programmes  and to take part in the annual Tall Ships Races and Regattas, through national  and international bursaries and trainee exchange programmes. Of high importance to S.A.L.T is helping and supporting young  people  who  are recovering from serious illnesses, such as cancer. Although S.A.L.T. doesn’t have its own sail training ship, it encourages small  ship  owners  and  operators  to  participate  in sail training activities and events.


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Sail Training Ireland for Youth Development
STIYD is the recognised Sail Training International representative body in Ireland.  Their vision is to provide Tall Ship sail training to the people of Ireland and among their aims is to promote and support the development of young people through the sail training experience.

Sail Training Association Italy
Founded in 1996 by a partnership of the Italian Navy and the Yacht Club Italiano, its charter is to develop and promote sea training for young people as a means to further their personal development and education. Through the co-operation of the Navy and many owner/operators of other vessels, STA Italy offers a variety of sail training opportunities to young people, including berths at no charge or highly subsidised. The organisation also operates an international trainee exchange programme which is currently expanding.

Sail Training Association Latvia
Founded in 2002 by 23 sail training enthusiasts in Latvia, the organisation also has three members who own/operate vessels, two yacht clubs and three maritime companies. STA Latvia’s principal goals are to develop sail training for young people in Latvia by encouraging other vessel owners to participate in sail training activities and events, and through an international trainee exchange programme.

New member – details to be added later.

Sail Training Association Netherlands
Founded in 1985, STAN’s goals are to encourage and develop sail training off-shore for young people in the Netherlands. In pursuit of this, STAN organises maritime events and races for sail training Tall Ships in the Netherlands.


Spirit of Adventure Trust
Established in 1972 by Lou Fisher the Spirit of Adventure Trust was formed to offer equal opportunity to young New Zealanders to gain qualities of independence, leadership and community spirit through the medium of the sea. The Spirit of Adventure Trust is dedicated to the youth of New Zealand. Each year it brings together 1200 young people throughout the country.

Norwegian Sail Training Association
Founded in 1999, NSTA has four membership categories: sail training vessels, past and prospective host ports for The Tall Ships’ Races, individuals and organisations supporting NSTA ideals, and corporate entities. The organisation promotes sail training for young people and international friendship through sail training.


Sail Training Association Poland
Established in 1993, STA Poland has more than 100 individual (voting) members and is co-owner and sole operator of the Class A sail training Tall Ship, Pogoria. Supporting (non-voting) members include the Maritime Academy of Gdynia (Dar Mlodziezy), the Polish Navy (ORP Iskra) the Polish Scouts Union Sea Training Centre (Zawisza Czarny) and the Polish Yachting Association (Kapitan Glowacki).

Portuguese Sail Training Association
Aporvela – Portuguese STA was founded in 1980 as a registered charity. It has three categories of membership and owns three sail training vessels including the Caravel Vera Cruz. The organisation’s main objectives are to promote off-shore sail training mainly for young people.

Admiral Makarov State Maritime Academy
This institution represents the interests of sail training in Russia and operates the 100-metre sail training ship Mir. The Academy provides the communications link for all sail training activities in Russia with Sail Training International, pending the development of a national sail training organisation (as defined by Sail Training International).


New member – details to be added later.

Sail Training Association España

Created in 2002, STA España membership includes all sail training vessels in Spain, the Spanish Navy, Royal Sailing Federation of Spain and a number of ports.
There are also 100 individual members who support the organisation’s mission.
The organisation promotes sail training in Spain for young people and international friendship through tall ships events and sail training.

Sail Training Association Sweden
STA Sweden was founded in 1998, initially to support the Tall Ships’ Races. Today its members include a number of Swedish ports, the Swedish Navy and some 60 vessels engaged wholly or occasionally in sail training activities.

Association of Sail Training Organisations (ASTO)
Founded in 1972, ASTO represents the interests of all major UK Sail Training organisations. It has 24 full members, 9 associate members and 2 honorary members operating 56 sail training vessels ranging in size from a 10-metre sloop to a 65-metre barque. The organisation grants bursary funding towards the costs of more than 70,000 berth days for young people, including disabled trainees, each year.

USATall Ships America

Founded in 1973, the organisation represents the interests in the US of 300 member sail training vessels from more than 20 countries. There are also 100 affiliate members including museums, schools and universities, and close to 500 individual members who support the organisation’s mission. TSA raises funds and administers several scholarship programmes as well as a professional development grant programme to support the continuing education of professional sail trainers and marine educators.

The Tall Ships Races 2021 Update

Tall Ships Races International Ltd. and the Tall Ships Races 2021 Host Ports of Klaipeda, Tallinn and Szczecin, have jointly agreed to cancel The Tall Ships Races 2021.

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