The Tall Ships Races regatta held in 2024 will be the 65th anniversary of the event, which adds to its festivity and anticipation. The Tall Ships Races is a long-standing international offshore study regatta that aims to engage and educate young people and draw attention to the current state and sustainability of the marine environment. At least half of the fleet crew members are young people between the ages of 15 and 25 from different countries, selected from hundreds of applicants in their home countries, many of whom are making their first sea voyage.
Tallinn Deputy Mayor Vadim Belobrovtsev admitted that although the decision to cancel the regatta this summer was difficult, Tallinn managed to organize a grand maritime festival instead, in hopes of hosting The Tall Ships Races regatta in 2024. “Despite the postponement of The Tall Ships Races, we wanted to offer positive emotions to the townspeople and organized a maritime festival Sail Tallinn, to which we also invited several ships from The Tall Ships fleet. A total of 16 magnificent sailing ships were docked in Tallinn harbours, and together with Klaipeda and Szczecin, we also organized a smaller regatta,” said Belobrovtsev.
“Sail Tallinn turned out to be a hugely successful rehearsal to prove that Tallinn is ready to host the major regatta in 2024. The Tall Ships Races is a sailing event that every seaport wishes to host, so we have been working hard for years to become the official port of the regatta and we can now be sure of the success of this fantastic race.”
In regattas in the Baltic Sea, The Tall Ships Races traditionally involve at least about a hundred sailing ships and sailboats. The largest in the fleet are over a hundred meters long and multi-masted sailing ships, usually belonging to naval schools or the military. The very first Tall Ships Races regatta took place in 1956 from Torquay, Great Britain to Lisbon, Portugal, and twenty tall ships took part in the events of that time.
The 2024 race will start on June 27 from Klaipeda, Lithuania. Then the fleet will sail to Helsinki, Tallinn, Turku and Mariehamn. The regatta ends on August 5 in Szczecin, Poland. The Tall Ships Races 2024 Tallinn regatta is organized by the city of Tallinn in cooperation with the Port of Tallinn, the Seaplane Harbour, Noblessner Harbour and the Estonian Youth Sailing Learning Society “STA Estonia”.