*FULLY BOOKED – check other ships for this leg* The Tall Ships Races 2020: Race 1. Are you up for a challenge? Do you like the thrill of competition? Would you like to participate in a huge maritime festival with crew-exclusive activities? Then it’s time to join the Tall Ships Races! Board Maybe in Lisbon and leave the city in a spectaculr Parade of Sail before starting the race with dozens of other ships. Over 4 days you will make your way towards Spanish Cadiz, sailing as fast as you can. After the intense journey you will spend the last couple of days in port, enjoying the Crew Parade, Crew Party, visiting other ships, meeting trainees from all over the world and exchanging your sea stories. For Windseekers of all ages, minimum age 15 years.
The Tall Ships Races
The first ever Tall Ships Race took place in 1956. 20 tall ships sailed from Great Britain to Portugal to promote Sail Training and international friendship. Originally meant as a single event, the race gained huge public interest and soon turned into an annual event, organized by Sail Training International.
Each year dozens of Tall Ships, as well as small ships and yachts gather for races, but also harbour events: Crew Parades, Crew Parties, competitions, concerts, fireworks and much more!
In 2020 the Tall Ships go back to the Atlantic coast of Europe. Race 1 will start in Lisbon and end in Cadiz. From there the ships will sail to A Coruna in a mixed leg including several days of racing and then some more relaxed sailing. The final leg will take them across the Bay of Biscay and into the English Channel to Dunkirk. Will you join the adventure?
Lisbon has a long and varied history as a major trading hub, much of which is still visible in the old city centre. Discover Alfama, the old quarters with its many old alleys, steps and the Lisbon Cathedral. The famous tram line 28 will get you there – an experience in and of itself. And be sure to check out a fado concert if you want to learn about saudade – loss, yearning and comfort, all rolled into one. Emotions that all seafarers will get to know one way or the other…
The oldest city in Spain, with a wealth of historic landmarks. Water is never far away, as the old town is built on a narrow stretch of land jutting out into the Mediterranean Sea. Get lost in the Old town with its many narrow, winding streets and visit one of the many parks that dot the city. Its many cathedrals and plazas are also well worth a visit. Go to La Caleta beach, at La Viña, the old fisherman quarter. Go catch a Flamenco concert and feast your taste buds with the fresh sea foods.
Dates: 4 July 2020 - 11 July 2020
Embarkation: 14:00 / Disembarkation: 10:00
For Windseekers of all ages, minimum age 15 years
Windseekers joining: maximum of 14
No sailing experience required!
Official language on board: English
Price includes: accommodation and meals, excludes drinks at the bar
Price excludes transportation costs to-and from the ports. Our travel counsellor can advise you and book your transfers
Windseekers need to have a health insurance and a travel insurance
Need to take with you on board: sleeping bag, pillowcase, sheets and towels
This travel service is not covered by VZR Garant’s guarantee scheme. You can read more about this guarantee scheme and its conditions in VZR Garant’s Guarantee Scheme (which can be found by going to www.vzr-garant.nl/en).
Barnabas (22) Hungary
"IT WAS AN ABSOLUTE JOY TO STEER FOR HOURS WHEN THE WIND WAS BLOWING AND EVEN WHEN IT WAS COMPLETELY DEAD. I LOVED TO SEE THE SEA, I LOVED THE SILENCE OF THE OCEAN."
Myriam (20) Belgium
"TAKE CHANCES. IF YOU DON'T TRY, YOU'LL NEVER KNOW."
Max (17) Germany
"The wind increased and when we took down some sails, I felt the adrenalin rush through my body"
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