Host ports are integral to the success of any Tall Ships event. Sail
Training International organises races and events for sail training Tall
Ships in many parts of the world and while these events may celebrate
an anniversary or other event, the core reason for them remains the
education of young people through the sail training experience.
The biggest single event we organise is the summer series in
European waters for young people, The Tall Ships Races. The Tall Ships
Races are planned four years in advance with the route carefully
selected to enable visits to different sea areas around Europe, from the
Baltic to the Mediterranean. Other Regattas are organised in close
coordination with the ports involved.
Once Sail Training International has selected the sea area all the
relevant ports in that region are invited to bid to be a host
port.There are many economic, social and community-oriented reasons why a
port may bid to become a Host Port for The Tall Ships Races.
Traditionally, huge crowds (from many hundreds of thousands to
well over a million) visit a port during the four days of the event,
bringing welcome income to the port, city and local businesses, plenty
of national and international media attention, and a range of
opportunities for community involvement and enjoyment.