The Tall Ships' Races are held every summer, usually in European waters. Each year between 70 and 100 vessels from 15-20 countries, crewed by some 5-6,000 young people from over 30 countries worldwide, take part in this unique event that combines four days of activities in each port with racing or cruising-in-company between ports. During the race series the young crews get the chance to gain experience by sailing with their contemporaries from other countries while facing the physical and emotional challenges that only the ocean can provide.
In 2009 the programme takes a different tack with an adventurous programme twice crossing the Atlantic Ocean and a race in the Baltic Sea.
Tall Ships Atlantic Challenge 2009
The sail training fleet starts from Spain and crosses the Atlantic to Bermuda before sailing up the east of the USA and Canada before returning back across the Atlantic and finishing in Belfast.
Vigo, Spain - 30 April to 3 May
Tenerife, Canary Islands - 14 to 17 May
Bermuda - 12 to 15 June
Charlestown, USA - 25 to 29 June
Boston, USA - 8 to 13 July
Halifax, Canada - 16 to 20 July
Belfast,UK - 13 to 16 August
Tall Ships Race Baltic 2009
Two races and one cruising leg around the Baltic Sea.
Gdynia, Poland - 2 to 5 July
St Petersburg, Russia - 11 to 14 July
Turku, Finland - 23 to 26 July
Klaiped, Lithuania - 31 July to 3 August
Opportunities are available to participate in the Tall Ships Races 2009 for individuals and groups ages 15 to 25 years.