First Sail Training International event in Australasian waters

05 October 2013

First Sail Training International event in Australasian waters
The largest Tall Ship fleet to visit Australia in a generation is now celebrating in Sydney Harbour, before preparing to race to Auckland in the 2013 Sydney Auckland Tall Ships Regatta - organised by Sail Training International. 

Over 40 visiting warships and 19 Tall Ships have joined the Royal Australian Navy fleet to participate in this historic event. They were greeted by thousands of cheering citizens as they entered Sydney Harbour. 

The 2013 Sydney to Auckland Tall Ships Regatta is the first ever Sail Training International event to be held in Australasian waters. Seven Tall Ships from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands are taking part and will race for line honours and overall winner in this inaugural event. 

The Regatta is a unique opportunity for individuals of all ages to take part in a world class event and hundreds of crew of all levels of experience will board the ships for the race across the Tasman Sea to Auckland, New Zealand. 

The fleet of Tall Ships which entered Sydney Harbour was led by the Australian vessel STS Young Endeavour. Trainee Kaela Sparre, who had sailed aboard Young Endeavour said, “The voyage was the best experience of my life and I would recommend it to anyone. I have been sailing on smaller vessels for 12 years but sailing on a Tall Ship has doubled my love for sailing.” 

A small number of crew berths remain available. During each voyage a professional crew will explain and teach all crew members about navigation, sail handling, square rig sailing and much more. People of all ages and backgrounds can participate - no sailing experience is required. 

Paul Bishop, Race Director said, "The Tall Ships have received a tremendous welcome here in Sydney and crews have been enjoying the amazing spectacle surrounding the International Fleet Review over the past couple of days. The AUSTA volunteers are working around the clock to look after the needs of the ships and crews before they start the inaugural race to New Zealand on Thursday.” 

The Tall Ship Festival is being held in Darling Harbour, at the Australian National Maritime Museum and Cockle Bay. Visitors can enjoy open days, sails around Sydney Harbour and activities for the whole family. See the full Sydney Tall Ship Festival program here.

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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:

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.

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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