Open for entries: 2013 Sydney Auckland Tall Ships Regatta

25 October 2012

Open for entries: 2013 Sydney Auckland Tall Ships Regatta

The 2013 Sydney Auckland Tall Ships Regatta is launched – the first ever Tall Ships Race to be held in the region, run by Sail Training International.

The event forms part of a spectacular program of naval events which commemorates the centenary of the Royal Australian Navy’s fleet arrival in Sydney Harbour on 4 October 1913.

Diary dates

Melbourne, Australia               Monday 9 September to Saturday 14 September 2013


Hobart, Australia                     Friday 20 September to Wednesday 25 September 2013


Sydney, Australia                   Thursday 3 October to Thursday 10 October 2013


Auckland, New Zealand         Thursday 24 October to Sunday 27 October 2013

Trainees wishing to take part should visit for opportunities; contact Stephen Moss or Jon Simpson from the Australian Sail Training Association at, or leave an expression of interest on the Sail Training International Message Board.

International Tall Ships which have already made a commitment, or registered their interest in taking part in this unique event, include Lord Nelson (UK), Europa (Netherlands), Tecla (Netherlands), Oosterschelde (Netherlands), Gloria (Colombia), Dewaruci (Indonesia), Libertad (Argentina) and the Spirit of New Zealand (New Zealand).  Read about Lord Nelson’s exciting world voyage story here.

Recent media launches in Sydney, Australia and Hobart,Australia saw high level support for the event, bringing together the Chief of Navy and Commander of the Australian Fleet; the Federal Minister for Defence; the New South Wales State Premier and the Lord Mayor of Sydney.  Plus, patrons of the 2013 Tall Ship Events - Kay Cottee (1st woman to sail solo around the world) and Marcus Blackmore (prominent businessman); the Australian Sail Training Association President and Treasurer; Chief Executive of the Australia Wooden Board Festival and the State Premier of Tasmania.  Similar events are due to follow next month in Melbourne, Australia and Auckland, New Zealand.

Stephen Moss from the Australian Sail Training Association said, “We are anticipating attendance by up to ten of Australia’s Tall Ships and the event promises something for everyone – an opportunity for people to visit the wonderful Tall Ships while they are at host ports; an opportunity for trainees of all abilities to enjoy some exciting sailing between participating ports and for Tall Ships from around the world to take part in a brand new event.”

Paul Bishop, Race Director at Sail Training International said, “This will be the first international Tall Ships Race in the southern hemisphere that will be run by Sail Training International. We have already attracted a lot of interest from several European based ships.  In the spirit of the old Clipper ships they have combined the regatta with a circumnavigation voyage and a return leg via Cape Horn.  This promises to be a very special event for everyone involved and a highlight on the 2013 race diary.”

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For further information contact Sally Titmus, Communications Manager, Sail Training International
Tel: +44 (0)23 9258 6367; Mob: +44 (0)7827 298733;

About Sail Training International

Sail Training International is a registered charity. Its purpose is the development and education of young people of all nationalities, cultures, religions, social backgrounds and abilities through the sail training experience.

Working closely with national sail training organisations, sail training Tall Ships, and host ports, Sail Training International is the world’s leading provider of races and events, conferences and seminars, publications, research and other services to the international sail training community.

Members of Sail Training International include the national/representative sail training organisations of: Australia, Belgium, Bermuda, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, UK and USA.

The Tall Ships Races summer series is the world’s largest mass participation sailing event organised annually for young people with up to 6,000 trainees taking part this year. Sail Training International also organises other international races and regattas for Tall Ships with no age restriction.
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