Tall ships journey down Aurajoki river

The Culture 2011 Tall Ships Regatta, arranged to mark the European Capital of Culture year, is an opportunity to see a fleet of tall ships in Turku. Berthed along the banks of Aurajoki river, the vessels will be open to the general public, and crews from different countries will be showing what they do. The stunning ships and additional events ensure a true highlight for the summer and one of the biggest happenings of the year. The vessels will be visiting Turku on 26 –28 August 2011. The event is arranged by Sail Training International (STI) and the City of Turku.

Anyone can join

The Culture 2011 Tall Ships Regatta is an exceptional event in many ways. In previous years, the upper age limit for becoming a crew member was 25 years, but now anyone has the opportunity to register as a crew member for the race from Klaipeda to Turku or from Turku to Gdynia. Previous sailing experience is not necessary; enthusiasm to take part in an amazing voyage is all that is needed.

Regatta route:
19 – 21 August, Klaipeda, Race to Turku
26 – 28 August, Turku, Race to Gdynia
2 – 4 September, Gdynia

What is sail training?

Through sail training, a crew comprising mainly young people are taught to sail and navigate. However, the main focus is on social skills.

The purpose is to bring young people together in a friendly race, regardless of nationality, culture, religion or social background. Sail training is an inspiring way to provide young people with an understanding of different cultures, while strengthening their personal strengths and skills.

Trainees are not required to be experienced sailors. A genuine enthusiasm and an open mind are all that are required. Sail Training Association Finland is the local umbrella organisation.

About the hosting organisation Sail Training International (STI)

Sail Training International is an international, non-profit organisation, which serves as the main host for the Tall Ships Races around the world. With its headquarters in England, members of STI comprise international sail training organisations and other instances that maintain vessels and arrange sail training.

In addition to the annual Tall Ships Races arranged around the world, STI organises Tall Ships regattas. A regatta refers to a theme event.

Vessel size classes

Class A
All square-rigged vessels (barque, barquentine, brig, brigantine or ship rigged) and all other vessels more than 40 meters Length Overall (LOA), regardless of rig.

Class B
Traditionally rigged vessels (ketches, yawls and schooners) with an LOA of less than 40 metres and with a waterline length (LWL) of at least 9.14 metres.

Class C
Modern rigged vessels (ketches, yawls and schooners) with an LOA of less than 40 metres and with a waterline length (LWL) of at least 9.14 metres not carrying spinnaker-like sails.

Class D
Modern rigged vessels (ketches, yawls and schooners) with an LOA of less than 40 metres and with a waterline length (LWL) of at least 9.14 metres carrying spinnaker-like sails