North Sea Tall Ships Regatta 2016
For Blyth in Northumberland, UK this is the first major Tall Ships event they have hosted and the town is eager to welcome the international fleet of Tall Ships.
Gothenburg in Sweden will be hosting this major Tall Ships event for the fifth time – following their success in hosting The Tall Ships Races in 1968, 1978 1986 and 1997.
The North Sea Tall Ships Regatta 2016
Race (approximately 500 nautical miles)
Paul Bishop, Head of Race Directorate, Sail Training International said, “2016 is a special year for Tall Ships events. The Tall Ships Races 2016 will be celebrating a diamond anniversary as it will be sixty years since the first Tall Ships race in 1956. And the North Sea Tall Ships Regatta will be held for only the second time in six years – so we are particularly pleased to be visiting two excellent, but contrasting ports.
“Blyth is a tidal deep water port which can accommodate the largest Class A ships and offers first class amenities to the fleet.
“The town and port of Blyth is set up to deliver a tremendous welcome and provide great hospitality. Blyth’s association with the sea goes back centuries and it is fitting to welcome these ships of bygone times.
The event will be a great opportunity for individuals of all ages, and organisations, to be involved and take part in a world class event.
“Gothenburg already has an excellent reputation for delivering Tall Ship events. They have traditionally supported the development and education of young people and have a track record of looking after our sail training Tall Ships.
“Both ports also have an excellent environmental profile and the Regatta will be very much in synergy with the sustainability messages we aim to deliver through our events.”