We have our roots in the middle of the last century with the creation of the Sail Training International Race Committee in order to organise the first race of Sail Training Tall Ships in 1956.

Sail Training International as we are today formed in early 2002 and we were granted charitable status in early 2003.  All who were involved in the creation of Sail Training International were previously directors or members of the International Committee of the International Sail Training Association (a wholly owned subsidiary of the UK Sail Training Association).  The ISTA has previously developed from the original Sail Training International Race committee to continue organizing the Tall Ships’ Races in Europe.  Sail Training International acquired the assets of ISTA, including its staff and contracts with host ports, in late 2002.

The main motivation for establishing Sail Training International, effectively ‘owned and controlled’ by our member national organisations, was to create a new and independent voice for international sail training with ambitious global aspirations … which we are now fulfilling.