Countdown to fun in the sun

15 August 2013

Countdown to fun in the sun
The Lycamobile Mediterranean Tall Ships Regatta is in sight.

Now that the Tall Ships Races 2013 in the Baltic are complete, vessels and crews are looking forward to the challenge of the Lycamobile Mediterranean Tall Ships Regatta to mark the end of the summer season.

Barcelona, Spain (21-24 September), Toulon, France (27 - 30 September) and La Spezia (Italy) 4-7 October are busy preparing for the arrival of the fleet.

"The excitement is tangible" said Mike Bowles, Race Director. "Sailing in the Mediterranean at this time of year is a dream that many trainees are about to fulfil."

To-date some 37 vessels have signed up for the event, including twelve spectacular Class A ships, some of the finest Tall Ships in the world.

There is no upper age limit (min age 15 years) for the trainees taking part in the races, who will enjoy amazing scenery, hopefully fast sailing and lots of festivities in the host ports. Anyone and everyone can do it - no previous experience is needed.  If you would like to give it a try, visit the Sail Training International website.

“We are counting down the days until the beginning of the Regatta. It promises to be a spectacular event with much to do and see in each port, for trainees as well as visitors," said Chairman of the Regatta, M.Christian Bickert.

Lycamobile is the title sponsor of the Mediterranean Tall Ships Regatta
Gaastra is official clothing supplier to the Mediterranean Tall Ships Regatta

Pic:  Four-masted Russian barque Kruzenshtern (in the foreground) who will be racing from Barcelona to Toulon.

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Editor’s notes:

A word from your sponsor
Lycamobile is the world’s favourite international SIM card. With over 30 million customers across 16 countries, it allows customers to benefit from fantastic, low rates to call their friends and family abroad.

Lycamobile is delighted to be sponsoring this year’s Lycamobile Mediterranean Tall Ships Regatta, with its mission to connect to global communities.  
If you need to call your family and friends during the Regatta please look out for their stand space portside in Barcelona, Toulon and La Spezia.   

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.

A two-minute film can be seen here.

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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