To mark Turku's European Capital of Culture year, Sail Training International (STI) and the City of Turku are organising the Culture 2011 Tall Ships Regatta on the Baltic Sea.

Members of international non-profit organisation STI comprise international sail training organisations and other instances that maintain vessels and arrange sail training.

An impressive fleet of beautiful sailing ships will be taking to the waters of Aurajoki river, including the giants of the sea Kruzenshtern (Russia, 113 m), Mir (Russia, 109 m) and Dar Mlodziezy (Poland, 109 m).

Concerts will be arranged right in the heart of all the activities on Varvintori Square and outside Maritime Centre Forum Marinum. A range of dining services are available, making the experience all the more comfortable.

The event will be a highlight of the Capital of Culture year. The 2011 event is launched in Klaipeda, Lithuania, where the vessels will begin their voyage to Turku. The journey from Finland continues to the the final port of the race in Gdynia, Poland.

The Tall Ships Races event has previously been hosted by Turku in 1996, 2003 and 2009, attracting a satisfied audience of hundreds of thousands from around the country.

Welcome to admire the tall ships in Turku on 26 - 28 August 2011.

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