The Tall Ships Races have been an annual event since 1956 in which numerous Tall Ships from all over the world take part. The event is intended to introduce young people under the age of 25 to the sea and sailing on traditional ships. Half of the crew is therefore between 15 and 25 years old.
1956: THE FIRST RACE
In 1956 the first race between 20 ships was organized by Bernard Morgan, a lawyer from London. The race started in Torqua, Devon and finished in Lisbon. The interest from the public turned out to be so overwhelming that the organizers set up the Sail Training International Association to organize more of these competitions in the following years.
2014: HARLINGEN SETS A WORLD RECORD
For the first time in the history of The Tall Ships Races, a Dutch harbour was the starting harbour of this international sailing race. The large number of 337 trainees lead to the foundation Harlingen Sail receiving a reward for the highest number of participating trainees ever.
2018: Harlingen as the finish harbour
We hope to make history again during the Tall Ships Races Harlingen 2018 and to make 350 trainees enthusiastic about taking part in the race.