The Tall Ships Races 2016

    Organised by Sail Training International

The Tall Ships Races 2016 is looking forward to celebrating a diamond anniversary event.   

It will be exactly sixty years since the very first Tall Ships Race visited Lisbon, Portugal in 1956 - and the international fleet is returning for the eighth time.

The first Tall Ships' Race in 1956 was a race of 20 of the world's remaining large sailing ships. The race was from Torbay, UK to Lisbon and was meant to be a last farewell to the era of the great sailing ships. However, public interest was so intense the Sail Training International Race Committee formed a founding organisation and has since organised Tall Ships' Races and Regattas annually around the world, attracting hundreds of ships and millions of spectators.

Antwerp, Belgium will be hosting the event for the fourth time since its first event in 2001. Located in the heart of Europe it’s a pocket-sized metropolis and Europe’s second largest ports.  

Lisbon, Portugal will be welcoming the fleet after the first race leg for the seventh time since the races began. 

Cadiz, Spain is the oldest continuously-inhabited city in southern Spain and one of the oldest in southwestern Europe. 

A Coruna in northern Spain is a busy port located on a promontory in the entrance of an estuary in a large gulf on the Atlantic Ocean. It’s the richest region of Galicia - an autonomous community in northwest Spain and its economic engine.

Ports and race dates:

Thursday 7 to Sunday 10 July 
Race 1 
Friday 22 to Monday 25 July
Race 2
Thursday 28 to Sunday 31 July 
Race 3/Cruise-in-Company
A Coruna
Thursday 11 to Sunday 14 August 

Follow the fleet, live, with YB Tracking.

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