The Tall Ships Races 2017

    Organised by Sail Training International

Five ports are hosting the annual Tall Ships Races in 2017, taking place across the Baltic Sea. Between them they have experience of eleven Tall Ships Races and Regattas and are eager to welcome the international fleet.

Knut Western, Chairman of Tall Ships Races (Europe) said, “All of our selected host ports have already earned an excellent reputation for delivering our events. Over previous years they have all demonstrated their ability to look after sail training Tall Ships and put the development and education of young people, through the adventure of being at sea, at the heart of their bids.”

Halmstad, Sweden is located in the middle of Scandinavia’s most expansive region. It offers a variety of arts and entertainment, a charming town centre and a strong history of arranging successful events. 

Kotka, Finland is a city by the sea, located on the estuary of the river Kymijoki. It has long experience of arranging large-scale international events. The event will focus on the beautiful island of Kotkansaari in the centre of Kotka, and around the City Port. 

Turku, Finland has a thousand-year history. The ships' route through the archipelago is spectacular before being brought right into the middle of Turku on the banks of the River Aura.

Klaipeda, Lithuania is the centre of business, industry, culture and science of Western Lithuania and won the Council of Europe Prize 2003 for international cooperation. They are looking forward to opening their sea gates to the Tall Ships fleet for the third time and the grand finale to their city would be unforgettable. 

Szczecin, Poland has a deep commitment to sail training. Offering access to the Baltic Sea and Odra River it is ideally positioned as both a port city and a gateway tourist destination. The forests, nature reserves, lakes and shorelines surrounding the city create a unique environment. 

Host ports and race dates:

Halmstad  Sweden 
Friday 30 June to Monday 3 July 
Race 1
Kotka Finland Thursday 13 to Sunday 16 July 
Turku Finland 
Thursday 20 to Sunday 23 July 
Race 2
Lithuania Saturday 29 July to Tuesday 1 August 
Race 3
Szczecin Poland 
Saturday 5 to Tuesday 8 August

You can find out all you need to know about getting involved with sail training by visiting our new website