A rousing Riga welcome for the international Tall Ships fleet

26 July 2013

A rousing Riga welcome for the international Tall Ships fleet
Almost 100 Tall Ships from 15 countries are enjoying Riga’s wonderful hospitality, after an exciting Cruise in Company from Helsinki. 

Riga’s port event, which runs until 28 July, opened on the deck of the A-class Tall Ship Götheborg (Sweden).

Christer Samuelsson, Event Chairman said, “Around 3,000 sailors have been welcomed to Riga.; 1,200 of these are trainees aged 15 to 25 years, from 37 nationalities.  Many have sailed here from Helsinki and others are joining the ships for the first time, which for many will be a life changing experience.”

Nils Ušakovs, Chair of Riga City Council said: “It’s been ten years since the Tall Ships last visited Riga and the residents are truly excited to once again see the world’s largest and most beautiful sailing ships on the waters of the River Daugava. This is a great honour for the city.”

The fleet arrived into port playing music, flying flags, sounding their horns and performing acrobatics in the rigging.  And within hours of arriving crowds of visitors were soon visiting the ships and enjoying the many port events.

A daily programme of events in Riga can be found at here  

A photo gallery of images from the Cruise in Company can be seen here.

Read blogs from the vessels here.

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Editor’s notes:

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.

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