Fleet preparing to converge on Barcelona

17 September 2013

Fleet preparing to converge on Barcelona
Final preparations are underway ahead of the arrival of the Sail Training fleet in Barcelona from Saturday 21st September ready to celebrate the start of the Lycamobile Mediterranean Tall Ships Regatta 2013. Thirty ships of various shapes and sizes will be converging on Barcelona for the four day festival before the start of the first race, to Toulon, France.

Some of the largest and most iconic tall ships in the world will be on show, with trainees from all over the world taking part. Spectators will enjoy the Parade of Sail when the fleet depart Barcelona on Tuesday.

“This is the third time that Barcelona will host these ambassadors of the cultural values of the sea. Our relationship with the Mediterranean Tall Ships Regatta is consolidated as we share the same spirit of training, improvement, solidarity and respect for the environment that are the great lessons from traditional sailing. We have always added values and we have the greatest pleasure in sharing them with the citizens of Barcelona" said Andor Serra, general director of the Fundació Navegació Oceànica Barcelona (FNOB).

Pic:  Local ship Far Barcelona (Photo copyright: Pere de Prada)

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

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For more details please contact Pauline Appleby, Media Manager, on pauline.appleby@sailtraininginternational.org Tel: +44(0) 7785 567487

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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