It's less than 36 months before the start of Rendez-vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta Quebec – Canada and Sail Training International (STI) has achieved another milestone towards finalising the official host ports involved in this prestigious race series in six different countries: England, Portugal, Bermuda, USA, Canada and France.
We are delighted to announce that Royal Greenwich is the start port in April 2017 for the Rendez-vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta Quebec – Canada.
This Tall Ships Regatta is the signature event of the celebrations for the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation and it's significant to have an English host port for the event to commemorate the historical links with Canada.
STI is delighted to be working with Royal Greenwich because of their experience in organising world class events such as the London 2012 Olympics, the official race start of the Tour de France 2007, and of course the Falmouth-Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Regatta in September 2014.
Quebec City is the main host port in Canada and will host the Tall Ships on 18 – 23 July 2017. STI is working closely with the city, represented by its Mayor Mr Régis Labeaume and the local organising body Le Rendez-vous naval de Québec. Quebec City is equally pleased to have Royal Greenwich as the start port of the Rendez-vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta.
This is an important event for the people of Canada and over twenty guest ports will be involved in the Gulf of St Lawrence to welcome the participating vessels and provide stop-overs during the cruises-in-company to celebrate 2017.
Françoise Pinget, Rendez-vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta Quebec – Canada Project Coordinator, STl said, "The crews will have a fantastic time and be part of a very special event. It is a unique experience for young people to enjoy some amazing cultural exchanges and learn to cope with various challenges whilst on board a tall ship, and particularly if crossing the Atlantic Ocean.
"To date 24 vessels have registered an interest to participate in the event, representing 12 nations and nine Class A vessels.
This is all very exciting and as far as we are concerned the countdown has already started, so watch this space!"
Main race dates
The Regatta will start in Royal Greenwich in April 2017 before crossing the North Atlantic to the USA, over 20 guest ports in Canada and the Gulf of St Lawrence, Quebec City (18 – 23 July 2017), and finally return to Europe early September 2017.
Royal Greenwich 14-17 April 2017
Sines - Portugal* 29 April - 2 May 2017
Race 2: Transatlantic Race Leg
Bermuda* 1 - 5 June 2017
Boston 17 - 22 June 2017
CANADA 30 June - 2 August 2017
Canadian arrival port* 30 June - 3 July 2017
Quebec City 18 - 23 July 2017
Final race departure port* 30 July - 2 August 2017
Race 5: Transatlantic Race Leg
Le Havre* 31 August - 3 September 2017
*All stop-over ports to be confirmed subject to contract.
Photo: Celebrating signing the STI contract for Rendez-vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta with Royal Greenwich, on board the Cutty Sark. Pictured (l-r) Françoise Pinget, Rendez-vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta Project Coordinator, STI; Lady Rona Delves Broughton, Owner of the Greenwich Mercure Hotel and sponsor of the Falmouth-Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Regatta in September 2014 and Mayor of Royal Greenwich, Councillor Angela Cornforth - with trainees from the Greenwich area.