The Falmouth-Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Regatta 2014: open for entries

09 May 2013

The Falmouth-Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Regatta 2014: open for entries

The Falmouth- Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Regatta 2014 (Thursday 28 August – Tuesday 9 September), from Falmouth to Greenwich, is officially open for entries and captains and crews are promised a special event, combining exciting racing and a relaxing cruise-in-company.

Falmouth  Thursday 28 August - Sunday 31 August 
Race Sunday 31 August - Wednesday 03 September
Cruise in company    
Wednesday 3 September - Saturday 6 September
Royal Greenwich Saturday 6 September - Tuesday 9 September

The race starts from the Tall Ship friendly port of Falmouth reputed to be the third largest natural harbour in the world and an excellent venue for visiting Tall Ships from around the world.

Since the ships first visit in 1966, Falmouth hosted the Funchal 500 Tall Ships Regatta in 2008 and The Tall Ships Race event in 1982. The economic impact of the event left a lasting impression on the area, attracting 100,000 visitors and generating over £12 million for the local economy.

The finish port, Royal Greenwich, will be hosting the first major Tall Ships event since London hosted the Tall Ships Race in 1989. Watch a BBC news report about the event here.

Paul Bishop, Head of Race Directorate, Sail Training International said, “This Regatta will see an interesting fleet of up to 50 sail training vessels and Tall Ships from around the world competing in competitive racing over three days.   It will follow the main Tall Ships Races in 2014 – which visits Harlingen, Netherlands; Fredrikstad, Norway; Bergen, Norway and Esbjerg, Denmark. 

“Vessels interested in entering will be given the final race course once set by the Race Committee at the Captains Briefing in Falmouth on Saturday 30 August.  It will include a series of waypoints in the western approaches that will take advantage of the forecasted wind to maximise the racing conditions.

“After crossing the finish line off the Isle of Wight the ships will have the opportunity to stop-over briefly in the French or English ports en route to Royal Greenwich. The crews will enjoy a full programme of activities in Greenwich over the four days including the prize giving on Sunday 7 September.

“The event will be a great opportunity for individuals of all ages and organisations to be involved and take part in an exciting world class event in UK waters. As well as being a great location, the welcome and support the Tall Ships can expect will be second to none.”

Cllr Chris Roberts, Leader of Royal Borough of Greenwich, who recently signed up to the event said: “Royal Greenwich boasts the longest river front in London making it the best place to host the Tall Ships Regatta. This will be a fantastic opportunity to boost the economic potential of the borough even further while providing a stunning visual display and opportunities for local young people to experience sailing on the high seas.”

Vessels interested in taking part should complete the entry form.

Sponsorship opportunities

The Regatta presents many high profile sponsorship opportunities for brands and a variety of packages are available, which can be tailored to suit.  Options include naming rights, extensive branding and social media links.

A full corporate programme will be also be available which will provide significant international visibility. Opportunities will include sailing, VIP corporate hospitality aboard the vessels, promotional units, dinner and more. Email Omar Khan at Capitalize for more information.


The contract to bring the Regatta back to Royal Greenwich is signed on board Lady of Avenel

For further information contact Sally Titmus, Communications and Marketing Manager, Sail Training International +44 (0)23 9258 6367, mobile +44 (0)7827298733

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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