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The Tall Ships Races are organised every year by Sail Training International, whose members offer the Sail Training experience world-wide. ASTO is the national UK Sail Training organisation and is a member of Sail Training International.
Each year ships from around the world gather together to participate in challenging offshore and ocean racing, and to share and enjoy the ensuing shoreside festivities and celebrations. These events are youth-focused and bring a huge spectacle to the ports they call at. Half of the crerw of each vessel need to be under 25 to participate. ASTO members regularly take part and you too could be part of this massive international spectacle.
2015 will see two race series: The summer race starting in Belfast, UK and culminating in Aalborg, Denmark, and the Baltic Tall Ships Regatta.
The Tall Ships Races 2015
Ports and Race Dates 2015
Port visit: Belfast, UK - Thurs 2 to Sun 5 July
Race One to Aalesund - starts 6th July
Port visit: Aalesund, Norway - Wed 15 to Sat 18 July
Cruise-in-Company to Kristiansand starts 19th July
Port visit: Kristiansand, Norway - Sat 25 to Tues 28 July
Race Two to Aalborg starts 29th July
Port visit: Aarlborg, Denmark - Sat 1 to Tues 4 August
Bursary Funding available
Two sources of bursary funding are available to take part in the Tall Ships Races 2015:
The Oman Bursary awards up to €500 to trainees from all over the world to enable them to take part in a Tall Ships Race. You don't need to have a berth booked as the bursary process will allocate you to a suitable ship. Application is via the STI website here. There is no closing date but last year funding ran out by March so get your appliations in quickly!