Baltic Tall Ships Regatta 2015 - Open for entries

08 May 2014

Baltic Tall Ships Regatta 2015 - Open for entries

Sail Training International is delighted to announce the two European Cities hosting the Baltic Tall Ships Regatta 2015 – Klaipeda and Szczecin.

These two ports promise a friendly and memorable experience for all vessels and trainees taking part in this challenging race.

The event dates are:

Port Arrival Departure

Klaipeda, Lithuania Friday 5 June Monday 8 June

Szczecin, Poland Friday 12 June Monday 15 June

Paul Bishop, Head of Race Directorate at Sail Training International, organisers of the event said, “This promises to be an excellent Tall Ships Regatta and popular with many of the sail training vessel operators in the Baltic. The two experienced sail training friendly host ports of Klaipeda and Szczecin will be working hard to ensure that the young international crews will have a memorable time and that the needs of the ships will be met.
 
“The dates of the Regatta have been set to provide the participants with a challenging four-day race and to ensure that those ships will have sufficient time to go on from Szczecin to the start of The Tall Ships Races 2015 in Belfast 2-5 July.” 

About the ports

Klaipėda is Lithuania’s ‘gateway to the world’.  Situated at the mouth of the Danė River where it flows into the Baltic Sea, it is the third largest city in Lithuania and the capital of the west of Lithuania. 
The seaport of Klaipeda has direct links with other European and international ports and is a sea transport centre with regular shipping lines and a fast modern, motorway.

Tourism is important to the area and the newly opened passenger cruise terminal, close to the City centre, will bring increased traffic to the area in the years to come. Klaipeda has a population of around 200,000. It has direct motorway links with Lithuania’s capital city of Vilnius (310 km) and the second city of Kaunas (220 km)

Klaipeda has been host to the Tall Ships on two previous occasions. These events in 2009 and 2011 attracted over a million visitors and spectators.  

Szczecin is the capital city of the West Pomeranian Voivodeship in Poland. In the vicinity of the Baltic Sea, it is the country's seventh-largest city and a major seaport in Poland.

Szczecin is surrounded by water, on the banks of Szczecin Lagoon - Poland’s largest reservoir. The western Oder flows into the lagoon carrying the greater part of the waters from the Oder Basin, covering nearly one third of the area of Poland. Another feature of the city is the Dąbie Lake, the fourth largest lake in Poland, which offers great opportunities for sailing and sail training for young people.

South of the city centre kayakers can discover the charm of the Międzyodrze, which is a 30km long, and 2km wide unique area of picturesque marshes and winding canals.

The city of Szczecin hosted a Regatta in 2003 was the final port for The Tall Ships Races in 2007 and 2013. Each event attracted around two million visitors to the harbour.

Vessels interested in entering the Regatta can find the entry form here  Deadline 14 April 2015.

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Editor’s notes:

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 Ships 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.   www.sailtraininginternational.org

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.

For more information about the event visit Sail Training International 

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: sally.titmus@sailtraininginternational.org

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