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Here's a bit about the adventures we are sponsoring this year in The Tall Ships Races 2018.  

Race 1 - An invigorating voyage across the North Sea, from Sunderland, UK to Esbjerg, Denmark.

Ship:    Swan

Dates: Saturday 7 July – Friday 20 July

Route: Lerwick – Sunderland – Esbjerg  


Cruise-in-Company - Sailing onboard Swan with the tall ships fleet in a breath-taking Cruise-in-Company leg between Denmark and Norway.

Dates: Thursday 19 July – Wednesday 1 August

Route: Esbjerg – Stavanger


Cruise-in-Company - Sailing onboard Statsraad Lehmkuhl with the tall ships fleet in a breath-taking Cruise-in-Company leg between Denmark and Norway.

Dates: Wednesday 18 July – Sunday 29 July

Route: Esbjerg – Stavanger

About The Tall Ships Races 

Fantastic host cities and challenging races across the North Sea makes the Tall Ships Races 2018 an essential event in the sail training calendar.

The Tall Ships Races is a spectacular, annual event aimed at young people which takes place in European waters over the summer months. Huge crowds gather at host cities during the four days the Tall Ships Races are in port, this can range from hundreds of thousands of people at events to sometimes even several million!

Many of the world’s Tall Ships take part in the event, everything from the biggest Class As (barques, brigs and ship rigged) to the smallest Class Ds (sloops, ketches and schooners).

Races and Regattas are broken down into “legs,” or races. The number of legs depends on how many host ports are taking part and races are between one port to the next.

Along with the race legs, there’s also the opportunity to take part in a “Cruise-in-Company.” It’s not a race and provides an opportunity to take things at a more leisurely pace. You’ll have more time to enjoy the company of the rest of the fleet, take in your surroundings, and bond with your crewmates. Perhaps you’ll stop to anchor in a picturesque port which has put on some special entertainment for the visiting fleet. Maybe you’ll check out a beautiful bay for an overnight party. Or you could sail slowly and take in a tourist attraction. Some crews even swap ships and welcome new international crewmates.

About the host ports:

Sunderland, UK - Sunderland is a city with an international outlook in the north of England. It enjoys both a spectacular coastline and a river that runs right through the city centre.

Esbjerg, Denmark - Esbjerg supports the fundamental values of Sail Training. Its main goal is for everyone ­– of all ages and experience levels – to experience the event up close.

Stavanger, Norway - Stavanger is located on the south-western coast of Norway. It’s known as the “energetic city” – its natural coastal location and open and progressive attitude have made it the energy capital of both Norway and Europe.


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