Providing annual sail training opportunities to young people aged between 15 and 25 years from all over Shetland.

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The Tall Ships Races 2023 - be part of the adventure!

The legendary Tall Ships Races offers international fun and friendship, action packed racing and festival experiences. Excitement is building for the return of The Tall Ships Races 2023 to Lerwick when we will be offering some incredible sail training experiences.

There will be some exhilarating sailing, stunning cruises, and celebrations in port with the magnificent tall ships fleet and all their crews.

The series offers a range of sailing experiences for trainees, a mix of longer races for the fleet that will require a mixture of tactical skill and exhilarating speed to conquer but also the warm hospitality and scenic stopovers during the Cruise in Company leg.

We're looking to recruit as many as 75 young people across various ships and routes. Recruitment will begin in spring 2023 when applications will be invited for the experiences we will be offering. Each applicant will be given the opportunity to take part in a day sail which will form part of the selection process to decide on successful applicants. We will also be partnering with various guest harbours in Scotland on placing trainees from their areas too.


Here's a rough outline of the possible dates (inclusive of travel outbound/return to Shetland) for all the different voyages:

Race One

Den Helder to Hartlepool

Sunday 25 June to Sunday 9 July (14 nights)

Race Two

Hartlepool to Fredrikstad

Thursday 7 July to Tuesday 18 July (11 nights)

Cruise in Company

Fredrikstad to Lerwick

Sunday 16 July to Friday 28 July (12 nights)

Race Three

Lerwick to Arendal

Friday 28 July to Thursday 10 August (13 nights)

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Lerwick Port AuthorityJ.R. Hutton ConsultingTall Ships Races LerwickTulloch Developments LtdShetland AquacultureSGP Community Fundraising
Associate Sponsors
The Swan Trust
Grant Funders
Bell's Nautical TrustThe Robertson TrustLocalgiving in partnership with People's Postcode TrustLocalgivingPeople's Postcode Trust