The history of The Tall Ships Races

The Tall Ships Races are an annual regatta that has been held in European waters since 1956. Its aim is to give young people a unique journey at sea, a journey across borders, culture, gender, religion and social background.


More than 3000 sailors from around the world will visit Ålesund between 15th -18th of July. The majority is young people between the ages of 15 to 25 who have signed up as trainees. As trainees, they are a part of the crew on board the ships. They are given jobs on deck and in the galley, and they learn and experience something new from early morning to late evenings. Dealing with seasickness is a part of this experience.

The vision of Sail Training International (STI) is to organize races and events for sail training Tall Ships in different parts of the world. The summer series in European waters for youths, The Tall Ships Races, is the biggest single event they organize. One of the main purposes of the registered charity is «the development and education of young people through the sail training experience».

Sail Training International has their main office located in Portsmouth, England.


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