• The Tall Ships Races 2007

    The Tall Ships Races 2007
  • The Tall Ships Races 2007
  • The Tall Ships Races 2007
  • The Tall Ships Races 2007
  • The Tall Ships Races 2007
  • The Tall Ships Races 2007
  • The Tall Ships Races 2007
  • The Tall Ships Races 2007
  • The Tall Ships Races 2007
  • The Tall Ships Races 2007
  • The Tall Ships Races 2007
  • The Tall Ships Races 2007
  • The Tall Ships Races 2007
  • The Tall Ships Races 2007
  • The Tall Ships Races 2007

The Tall Ships Races in the Baltic this year has received its 100th vessel entrant with the registration of Cuautemoc, the Mexican Navy ship. The vessel will join the 99 other entrants to take part in just one of the two Tall Ships Races taking place this summer. The other Tall Ships Races will be held in the Mediterranean, which to date has 32 vessels registered, including 13 of the majestic Class A ships.

Sail Training International, the organizes of The Tall Ships Races, run two different Tall Ships Races whenever the Mediterranean is selected as a race area. “Many of the sail training vessels in Europe are based in the Baltic Sea area and wouldn’t travel down to the Mediterranean,” explains Peter Newell, Race Director for The Tall Ships Races in the Mediterranean. “The fact that there are more vessels registered in the Baltic is simply a reflection of the number of sail training vessels in that area,” he added.

The Tall Ships Races 2007
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The Tall Ships Races 2007


The Tall Ships Races in the Mediterranean may not attract the numbers, but the ships taking part currently represent 13 nations, including Class A ships from Argentina, Bulgaria, Ecuador, Poland, Romania, Russia and Uruguay which will make for a colourful spectacle. A Foundation created by the Italian Sail Training Association has recently acquired the Dutch Tall Ship, Swan fan Makkum, which will sail this year under her new name of Nave Italia and under the Italian flag.

In the Baltic Races, ships from 18 nations are currently registered. In addition to the Mexican, Cuautemoc, entrants include Concordia, the vessel that serves as the campus for the Canadian West Island College International’s “Class Afloat” and the Malaysian Tunas Samudera.

With a little over three months to go before both races commence, there is still time for more vessels to enter as the deadline is not until 1 May. In particular yachts based in the Spanish ports of Alicante and Barcelona are invited register before the deadline is passed. There is also plenty of time and opportunities for young people, with or without experience, to sign up for the adventure of their lifetime and take part. As with all The Tall Ships Races, 50 percent of all crew on board must be aged between 15 and 25. Details are available on the Sail Training International website:

The Tall Ships Races 2007
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The Tall Ships Races 2007


Dates of both races:


Baltic:

Arhus, Denmark Thursday 5 - Sunday 8 July
Race One
Kotka, Finland Wednesday 18 - Saturday 21 July
Cruise-in-Company
Stockholm, Sweden Friday 27 - Monday 30 July
Race Two
Szczecin, Poland Saturday 4 - Tuesday 7 August

Mediterranean:

Alicante, Spain Wednesday 4 - Saturday 7 July
Race One
Barcelona, Spain Thursday 12 - Sunday 15 July
Cruise-in-Company
Toulon, France Saturday 21 - Tuesday 24 July
Race Two
Genoa, Italy Saturday 28 - Tuesday 31 July

Source: www.sailtraininginternational.org

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