The Tall Ships Races 2020

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In 2020 the Tall Ships will return to the Iberian Peninsula, visiting Lisbon in Portugal, Cádiz and A Coruña in Spain and French Dunkirk. The first three cities have together hosted the Tall Ships an astounding number of 22 times! To even things out, Dunkirk will be a Tall Ships Races port for the first time. Many international Tall Ships, small ships and yachts have already confirmed their attendance!

The events will start in Lisbon, the capital of Portugal. From there the fleet will race south to Spanish Cádiz. The next leg will start as a race from Cádiz to the finish line located 120 nautical miles away. Then the vessels will cruise north along the coast of Portugal and Spain to meet again in A Coruña. For the final race the Ships will cross the Bay of Biscay to Dunkirk in northern France.

About the Races

There are 4 classes of vessels who race against each other. At least 50% of the trainees on board have to be aged 15-25. Aside from the sailing trophies there are a number of different rewards each year, for example for the most international crew, the best port entrance or most entertaining in Crew Parade.

Aside from sailing and racing, the port events are an equally big part of Tall Ships Races. After an exciting time on the sea, the trainees usually spend the last two days of their journey in ports, enjoying activities such as: Crew Parade, Crew Party, friendly competitions, concerts and spectacular fireworks.

TSR: History

The first ever Tall Ships race took place in 1956 in order to promote international friendships and Sail Training. 20 ships raced from Great Britain to Portugal, among them Christian Radich, Maybe and Sorlandet.

Initially designed to be a one-time event, the first race gathered a lot of interest and soon the Sail Training Association was founded to organise the next races, which they do to this day (now as Sail Training International – STI).

Race 1

Sail from Lisbon (Portugal) to Cadiz (Spain)

Challenge Wales

Lisbon (PT) - Cadiz (ES)

04 Jul 2020 - 11 Jul 2020
The Tall Ships Races 2020: Race 1. Join the first leg if this year’s event and spend several days sailing in the south of Europe. Enjoy...
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Race 2 and Cruise in Company

From Cadiz to A Coruna (Spain)

Eendracht

Cadiz (ES) - A Coruña (ES)

11 Jul 2020 - 26 Jul 2020
Sail for Unity - Sustainable Sailing journey. Only for the following countries: Spain, Hungary, Norway, Netherlands and Italy. Step on board the Eendracht for an unforgettable...
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Maybe

Cadiz (ES) - A Coruña (ES)

11 Jul 2020 - 26 Jul 2020
The Tall Ships Races 2020: Race 2 & Cruise in Company. The second leg of this year’s event will last for 2 weeks and combine the...
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Statsraad Lehmkuhl

Cadiz (ES) - A Coruña (ES)

11 Jul 2020 - 26 Jul 2020
The Tall Ships Races 2020 Race 2. In the second leg of the 2020 events Statsraad Lehmkuhl will take you from Cadiz, all the way north...
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Challenge Wales

Cadiz (ES) - A Coruña (ES)

16 Jul 2020 - 26 Jul 2020
The Tall Ships Races 2020: Race 2 and Cruise in Company. Not sure whether you like racing or more leisurely sailing? Join this leg for a...
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Maybe

Cadiz (ES) - Sines (PT)

11 Jul 2020 - 18 Jul 2020
The Tall Ships Races 2020: Race 2. After leaving Cadiz in a Parade of Sail you will start a race against other vessels. Enjoy the thrill...
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Maybe

Sines (PT) - A Coruña (ES)

18 Jul 2020 - 26 Jul 2020
The Tall Ships Races 2020: Cruise in Company. Leaving Sines in the company of other Tall Ships and their crews the Maybe will make her way...
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Race 3

From A Coruna (Spain) to Dunkirk (France)

Gulden Leeuw

A Coruña (ES) - Dunkirk (FR)

26 Jul 2020 - 08 Aug 2020
International Exchange for all nationalities during the Tall Ships Races. For trainees aged 15-25, 26-28 at request. Join the Gulden Leeuw for the last race of...
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