North Sea cities are invited to submit bids to host the 2018 edition of the largest annual, free, family festival in Europe – The Tall Ships Races.
Sail Training International, organisers of the annual international Tall Ships Races and Regattas, are continually putting together new events, contracting host cities, planning routes and securing sponsors.
Races are planned four years in advance and the location of the European Tall Ships Races, which are held each summer, rotates on a four-year programme - Baltic, North Sea, North West European waters and Biscay/Iberian Peninsula.
Cities on the North Sea and adjacent waters around Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and the United Kingdom are now invited to submit expressions of interest for The Tall Ships Races 2018.
The annual Tall Ships Races deliver millions of visitors, attracted by the spirit, atmosphere and activities of the world class festivals held by the host cities.
The Baltic Tall Ships Races 2013 attracted over nine million visitors who came to see the one hundred vessels from 67 countries; plus1,800 accredited media - delivering around five million euros of advertising equivalent value.
It also delivered an empowering sail training experience to 9,500 sailing trainees, from different backgrounds, and 35 different nationalities through ocean sailing.
Gwyn Brown, Chief Operating Officer at Sail Training International said, "The economic impact on the cities, of hosting such an event, speaks for itself. In Szczecin, Poland – the final port of The Tall Ships Races 2013 – the statistics showed tourists spent up to 114.25 million euros equivalent during the course of the event.
“Surveys showed that residents thought the event had improved the image of the city and, as well as bringing in new income for local companies, it made it more attractive to potential new investors. 75% of visitors spent more than two days in the city, with 87% saying they wanted to return. And an overwhelming 97% of residents said they wanted to see another Tall Ships Race event in their city.
“And it’s not just the cities which benefit enormously, Europe’s largest outward bound participatory event provides a life-changing platform for thousands of young people, of all nationalities, to take part each year.”
Paul Bishop, Head of the Race Directorate at Sail Training International explained how the process works.
“Planning for a new race series starts four years in advance with sea areas and geographical limits being set by the Boards of Directors of Sail Training International’s subsidiary companies, who are responsible for the events.
“The Board of Directors will select four or five host cities from those that register their interest with us by the deadline of September 2014. They will look at race course options from the cities that have submitted bids; the commercial pros and cons of each bidding cities will also be taken into account to ensure a successful race series for all.”
The 2018 race course cities will be announced in November 2014.
Photo: Antwerp, The North Sea Tall Ships Races 2010
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Host cities and dates for future planned Tall Ship Races
Tall Ships Races 2014
Harlingen, The Netherlands Thurs 3 to Sun July
Fredrikstad, Norway Sat 12 to Tues 15 July
Bergen, Norway Thurs 24 to Sun 27 July
Esbjerg, Denmark Sat 2 to Tues 5 August
Tall Ships Races 2015
Belfast, UK Thurs 2 - Sun 5 July
Aalesund, Norway Wed 15 - Sat 18 July
Kristiansand, Norway Sat 25 - Tues 28 July
Aalborg, Denmark Sat 1 - Tues 4 August
Tall Ships Races 2016
Antwerp, Belgium Thurs 7 – Sun 10 July
Lisbon, Portugal Fri 22 – Mon 25 July
Cadiz, Spain Thurs 28 – Sun 31 July
A Coruna, Spain Thurs 11 – Sun 14 August
Tall Ships Races 2017
Halmstad, Sweden Fri 30 Jun – Mon 3 July
Kotka, Finland Thurs 13 – Sun 16 July
Turku, Finland Thurs 20 – Sun 23 July
Klsipeda, Lithuania Sat 29 July – Tues 1 August
Szczecin, Poland Sat 5 – Tues 8 August
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 more information contact Sally Titmus, Communications and Marketing Manager, Sail Training International, Charles House, Gosport Marina, Mumby Road, Gosport, Hampshire, UK PO12 1AH
Tel: +44 (0) 23 9258 6367 Email: email@example.com