The organisation behind The Tall Ships Races is Sail Training International (STI), a registered charity with roots in the very first race of Sail Training Tall Ships in 1956. The organisation is based in Gosport, England, and organises a range of events and competitions for sailing ships all over the world. The largest of these are The Tall Ships Races, which is held during summer in European waters.
The race is planned four years ahead, and it consists of 2-3 race legs and one cruise-in-company. The cruise-in-company gives trainees a chance to change ships, experience new challenges and make new friends. The racing legs are organised by STI.
The purpose of STI is to develop and educate youths through sailing, no matter what nationality, culture, religion, gender or social background.
Member states; Australia, Belgium, Bermuda, Canada, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Greece, Holland, India, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, New Zeeland, Poland, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Germany and USA.
Every country has a local STI organisation. The Swedish STI organisation is the Sail Training Association of Sweden (STAS). The association informs young people in Sweden about opportunities for sailing on Swedish ships, organises the participation of Swedish ships in The Tall Ships Races and coordinates applications from Swedish towns that want to host The Tall Ships Races.