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Welcome to UK Sail Training

The Tall Ships Races

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


UK vessels taking part include Jolie Brise, Leader, Leila, Lord Nelson, Maybe, Morning Star, Ocean SpiritPelican and Rona II. Contact the vessel operators directly to find out how to take part.


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!

Date extended for The STI Bursary which is a similar programme and is administered by the national Sail Training Organisations. ASTO have up to £380 per trainee available to take part on board an ASTO member vessel. Other UK vessels may be considered. To apply, find a berth on a boat (see list above) and print out and complete the application form. Send your completed form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ASTO, Unit 10 North Meadow, Royal Clarence Yard, Gosport, PO12 1BP. Applications will be considered until funding runs out so please keep sending your applications in.