The sun shone brightly on the world's international fleet of Tall Ships, as thrilled crowds of onlookers watched the dramatic Parade of Sail in Aarhus, Denmark.
Over one hundred ships sailed together in a dramatic celebration of the start of The Tall Ships Races 2013, before leaving for the eagerly awaited race start in Copenhagen on Tuesday 9 July.
Each ship, many dressed in colourful flags, displayed its unique personality at sea, from playing its national anthem and favourite rock music, to mexican waves, drumming and gun fire.
The first port of Aarhus had organised a wonderful event for the 500,000 estimated visitors with music stages, rousing shanty singing, a Viking village and fun activities for the whole family. Joining the crowd were thousands of young trainees, aged 16-25 years old, who are sailing the ships - many experiencing their first time at sea.
Christer Samuelsson, Event Chairman said, "It is always sad to leave a port, particularly when everyone has had such a terrific welcome and already made many new friends. But The Tall Ships Races 2013 now has an exciting mission - to race each other to the next port in Helsinki, where the international party will be continued."
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What is sail training?
Sail Training is an adventure activity, which includes far more than sailing instruction. Participants are required to confront demanding challenges, both physical and emotional. It is an activity that inspires self-confidence and personal responsibility. It promotes an acceptance of others, whatever their social or cultural backgrounds, and develops a willingness to take controlled risks. Those who undertake Sail Training on Tall Ships generally find it a positive life-changing experience.
About Sail Training International (STI)
STI is the international voice of Sail Training, a registered charity (not-for-profit organisation), which has worldwide membership and activities. Its purpose is the development and education of young people through the Sail Training experience, regardless of nationality, culture, religion, gender or social background. It organises the annual Tall Ship Races and other international Tall Ship sailing events. STI members are 29 national Sail Training organisations around the world and STI’s head office is in Gosport, Hampshire, UK.
The organisation was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize 2007 for its work in promoting international understanding and friendship.
For further information contact Sally Titmus, Communications and Marketing Manager, Sail Training International +44 (0)23 9258 6367, mobile +44 (0)7827 298733 firstname.lastname@example.org