The Tall Ships’ Races

Friday, 20 July 2012 - 01:30 pm (CET/MEZ) Berlin | Author/Destination:
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Tall ship Christian Radich © Ulflarsen

Tall ship Christian Radich © Ulflarsen

The Tall Ships’ Races are races for sail trainingtall ships” (sailing ships). The races are designed to encourage international friendship and training for young people in the art of sailing. The races are held annually in European waters and consists of two racing legs of several hundred nautical miles, and a “cruise in company” between the legs. Over one half (fifty-percent) of the crew of each ship participating in the races must consist of young people.

Between 1973 and 2003 the races were known as The Cutty Sark Tall Ships’ Races, having been sponsored by Cutty Sark whisky. From 2004 to 2010 the races were supported by the City, Province, and Port of Antwerp. The current sponsor of the Tall Ships’ Races 2010–2014 is the city of Szczecin.

Tall Ships' Race Cherbourg 2005 © Loïc Evanno/cc-by-sa-2.5 Tall Ships' Race Waterford 2005 © Ralbisser/cc-by-sa-3.0 Tall Ships' Race Stockholm 2007 © Holger.Ellgaard/cc-by-sa-3.0 Tall Ships' Race Bergen 2008 © Shyamal/cc-by-3.0 Ryngarf The Tall Ships' Races 1991 © Żeglarz Tall ship Christian Radich © Ulflarsen
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Tall Ships' Race Stockholm 2007 © Holger.Ellgaard/cc-by-sa-3.0
The phrase “tall ship” was adopted to describe the participating sailing vessels. It comes from Poet Laureate John Masefield poem Sea Fever;

I must go down to the sea again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
All I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by.

Participating vessels are manned by a largely cadet or trainee crew who are partaking in sail training, 50 percent of which must be aged between 15–25 years of age and who do not need any previous experience. Thus, tall ship does not describe a specific type of sailing vessel, but rather a monohull sailing vessel of at least 9.4 metres (30 ft) that is conducting sail training and education under sail voyages. Participating ships range from yachts to the large square-rigged sail training ships run by charities, schools and navies of many countries.

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