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About the competition - The Tall Ships Races

The Tall Ships Races is the worlds largest international open ocean regatta. This is a combination of competition and cruising-in-company. This year the event starts in Waterford, Ireland and on the way to the final port of Halmstad the ships will stop over in Greenock (Scotland) Lerwick (Shetland Islands) and Stavanger (Norway). The entire event takes about one month, starting on the 3rd of July and expected to reach Halmstad on the 4th - 5th of August. In each port there will be a huge celebration on the quay lasting for 4 or 5 days.

The whole idea with the Tall Ships Races is to bolster contacts between young people from different countries and with different social backgrounds. At least half of the crews of the vessels must be between 15 and 25 years old - these are the so-called trainees. About 3000 to 4000 youths are part of the event.

Ships of different classes


The ships are classed from A to Dexternal link. In each class the best (fastest) ship wins a prize. The most coveted prize is however given to the ship whose crew has shown the best comradeship and established the best international contacts. That winner is decided by a vote among the crews of the vessels.

Prize ceremony


The final prizes are awarded during a ceremony held in Halmstad on the central square (Stora Torgexternal link) and is preceded by a so-called Crew Parade where all the crews march together from their vessels to the square.

The organizers of The Tall Ships Races


The Tall Ships Races are arranged by Sail Training International, STI. This is a non profit organization based in Gosport, England. Twenty five countries are members - among these Sweden - The organization is not affiliated with any political or religious movement.

The Tall Ships Races

Last updated: 2011-05-31
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