Join the only global conference on sail training this year

03 October 2012

Join the only global conference on sail training this year

If sail training and Tall Ships Races float your boat, the International Sail Training and Tall Ships Conference is a once in a year conference not to be missed.

Over fifteen seminars and workshops, over two days, will provide tailored programmes to meet the needs and interests of vessel operators, sail training programme providers, ports hosting sail training events and anyone with an interest in sail training and Tall Ships races and regattas.

The conference is being held at the Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija, located in the heart of  Riga, the historic capital of Latvia (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Friday 16 - Saturday 17 November.


Peter Cardy, Chief Executive of Sail Training International, conference organiser, said, “This is the only global conference for sail training and the perfect opportunity for sail training fans from around the world to gather, network and share ideas.  We’ve packed this year’s conference full of practical advice and support - from how to recruit and motivate trainees and volunteers; event planning and economic impact studies, to sponsorship ideas and a chance to talk to experts.

“‘For vessel operators there are major sessions on exploring the dynamics of extreme weather, looking at Tall Ship stability and exploring approaches to vessel safety and incidents.

“We’ll be offering help on brand and marketing; exploring the importance of partnership working for our media relations and looking at some cutting edge ideas for developing social marketing.

“There will also be feedback from this year’s Tall Ships Races and events and lots of opportunities to share knowledge and ask questions.”

An event highlight is the Gala Dinner (included with the conference ticket) and the official launch of two exciting new races in the Tall Ship calendar:

The Mediterranean Tall Ships Regatta, 21 September – 7 October 2013 (Barcelona, Spain – Toulon, France – La Spezia, Italy)

The Black Sea Tall Ships Regatta, 30 April – 28 May 2014 (Varna, Bulgaria -  Novorossiysk, Russia -Sochi, Russia - Constanta, Romania)

Book your place at the conference here.

Registered delegates are entitled to specially discounted rates offered by Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija and airBaltic (conditions apply).

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For further information contact Sally Titmus, Communications Manager, Sail Training International Tel: +44 (0)23 9258 6367; Mob: +44 (0)7827 298733;

About Sail Training International

Sail Training International is a registered charity. Its purpose is the development and education of young people of all nationalities, cultures, religions, social backgrounds and abilities through the sail training experience.

Working closely with national sail training organisations, sail training Tall Ships, and host ports, Sail Training International is the world’s leading provider of races and events, conferences and seminars, publications, research and other services to the international sail training community.

Members of Sail Training International include the national/representative sail training organisations of: Australia, Belgium, Bermuda, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, UK and USA.

The Tall Ships Races summer series is the world’s largest mass participation sailing event organised annually for young people with up to 6,000 trainees taking part this year. Sail Training International also organises other international races and regattas for Tall Ships with no age restriction.

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