Rendez-vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta,

Quebec – Canada

    Organised by Sail Training International
    in association with Le Rendez-Vous Naval de Quebec

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

When will the ports be announced?

The exact list of ports participating in this exciting and challenging event is currently being finalised, but there will be up to five race legs, with at least two cruises-in-company with a number of guest ports interested in taking part.

Cruise in company host ports are where participating vessels can choose to plan 48 hour stop-overs, or more, for crew members to enjoy the diversity of maritime heritage and cultures that each port can offer.

The end port is now confirmed as Le Havre (France) and the remaining ports will be confirmed later this year.


When will the event be launched?

The event was officially launched during the Sail Training International Conference in Aalborg, Denmark, 14-17 November 2013. This was a great opportunity for vessel operators to meet with the organisers and the host ports to discuss their specific needs and register their interest in participating.

The registration of interest to participate in the Event is also currently available from our website and vessel operators can register at a click of a button.


What vessels can take part?

An international mix of commercial and military Tall Ships of all classes is invited to register their interest in participating in the event; the event is open to any monohull sailing vessel of more than 9.14m 30ft water line length.

It is anticipated that this early invitation to participate will help vessel operators to include the event in the programme ahead of other plans.

Currently we already have a good number of vessels interested in Class A, B, C and D from 10 different nations.


What is on offer for trainees?

This is an exciting event presenting many Transatlantic logistic and sailing challenges for trainee crew aboard Tall Ships of different sizes.

Each port will also be giving trainees the opportunity to enjoy different maritime heritage and culture, and take part in many team activities.

People of all abilities can take part, including those with mental and physical disabilities, providing they are over the age of 15. STI is particularly encouraging sail trainers to recruit young trainees between the ages of 15 and 25 years.

Special funding from the Federal government of Quebec, in the form of trainee bursaries, is available to vessels entering the event, on a first come first served basis.


What’s on offer to visitors?

Must see activities will include the arrival of the international fleet and free tours of the Tall Ships. As well as the tremendous Tall Ships, visitors from across Canada and international tourists, can enjoy free land activities such as training, museums, a sailor village, a universal village, colourful crew parades and music shows. There will also be dinghy training and the opportunity to mix with 3,000 crew members from around the world.


What’s on offer to sponsors?

The event presents many high profile sponsorship opportunities for brands and a variety of packages are available, which can be tailored to suit. Options include naming rights, extensive branding and social media links.

A full corporate programme will also be available which will provide significant international visibility. Opportunities will include sailing, VIP corporate hospitality aboard the vessels, promotional units, dinner and more.


The event in numbers

These are estimated quantities.

 40 000 000
 the economic impact
 750 000
 the number of visitors in Quebec
 3 000
 the number of international trainees and crew
 40  the number of International Tall Ships
 15  the number of class A vessels


Want to know more?

For further information please contact Francoise Pinget, Rendez-vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta, Quebec – Canada Project Co-ordinator.

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