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The Tall Ships Races are organised every year by Sail Training International, whose members offer the Sail Training experience world-wide.  ASTO is the national UK Sail Training organisation and is a member of Sail Training International.

Each year ships from around the world gather together to participate in challenging offshore and ocean racing, and to share and enjoy the ensuing shoreside festivities and celebrations.  These events are youth-focused and bring a huge spectacle to the ports they call at. Half of the crew of each vessel need to be under 25 to participate. ASTO members regularly take part and you too could be part of this massive international spectacle.

This year there are two Tall Ships Events - Tall Ships Races 2018 starting in Sunderland in the UK and sailing to Denmark, Norway and the Netherlands and the Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta 2018 from Liverpool to Dublin and then on to Bordeaux. Entries are now open, watch here for the UK Vessels taking part.

 The Tall Ships Races 2018

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Host ports and race dates:

Sunderland UK Wednesday 11 July to Saturday 14 July 
Race 1
Esbjerg Denmark Wednesday 18 July to Saturday 21 July 
Stavanger Norway  Thursday 26 July to Sunday 29 July 
Race 2
Harlingen  Netherlands Friday 3 August to Monday 6 August 

ASTO UK vessels taking part in the Tall Ships Races with spaces on the races or delivery voyages include Lord NelsonMaybe, Morning Star and Ocean Scout.

Contact the vessel operators directly to find out how to take part. James Cook and Rona II will also be taking part however berths are already allocated.

Spaces available are advertised either directly by the vessels or on the UK Sail Training Facebook page Sail To Adventure or Sail Training International's Sail On Board

For details on bursaries that may be available to help you fund your voyage, go to 'Sail to Adventure - Funding your voyage' on this website. 

Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta

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ASTO UK Vessels currently entered to take part in the Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta - Lord Nelson, Maybe Watch here for further entries.

Race dates

Liverpool, UK Friday 25 May to Monday 28 May

Race 1

Dublin, Republic of Ireland Friday 1 June to Monday 4 June

Race 2

Bordeaux, France Thursday 14 June to Sunday 17 June

Spaces available now

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Click to find the latest berth availability on Sail Training vessels.

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