Sail Training International

Sail Training International

Sail Training International is a non profit organisation that situated in England but with a worldwide network. They say:

“Here at Sail Training International our purpose is the development and education of young people through the sail training experience, regardless of nationality, culture, religion, gender or social background.  We are a registered charity (not-for-profit organisation) and have worldwide membership and activities.”

They do this through a lot of channels, the biggest and most know channel are the Tall Ships Races. An annual event organised in Europe and once every 9 years crossing the Atlantic. (INFO in 2009 the Tecla competed in the Trans Atlantic Challenge going from Vigo, Spain, to Tenerife, Spain, Bermuda, UK, Charleston, USA, Boston, USA, Halifax, Canada, Belfast, North Ireland. She won the overall price in her class and was said to be the overall winner of the WHOLE race, all classes.) The races are invited by cities for a stopover. The races are planned 3 to 4 years in advance. During a typical Tall Ships Race stopover a city can expect

  • between 400.000 – 2.000.000 visitorstall ships route 2012
  • 1.800 – 3.000 trainees
  • More than 100 journalists from all over the world
  • Vessels from 20 different countries
  • Trainees from over 30 different countries
  • Sponsors get media exposure with a value between €2.000.000 – €3.000.000
  • 50% of the visitors buy some sort of merchandising

Source: STI conference Stavanger presentation of Paul Raily

For the Tecla the Tall Ships Races are a beautiful way of getting to different countries and be part of one big international fleet, or even sort of family.

During the Tall Ships Races there are typically 2 or 3 races and a Cruise in Company. About 100 different vessels compete for honour and friendship. The most important award during the Tall Ships Races is the Friendship price. A price awarded to the vessel that has contributed the most to international friendship and understanding. Ships and trainees choose the vessel that should win this price.

The Tall Ships Races 2003 – Mir (Russia)
The Tall Ships Races 2004 – Mir (Russia)
The Tall Ships Races 2005 – Shabab Oman (Oman)
The Tall Ships Races 2006 – Juan de Langara (Spain)
The Tall Ships Races Baltic 2007 – Lord Nelson (UK)
The Tall Ships Races Mediterranean 2007 – Guayas (Ecuador)
The Tall Ships Races 2008 – Shabab Oman (Oman)
Funchal 500 Tall Ships Regatta 2008 – Shabab Oman (Oman)
The Tall Ships Races 2009 – Sharki (Poland)
Tall Ships Atlantic Challenge 2009 – Urania (Netherlands)

Garibaldi Tall Ships Regatta 2010 – Pandora (Italy)

Historical Seas Tall Ships Regatta 2010 – Shabab Oman (Oman)

The Tall Ships Races 2010 – Shabab Oman (Oman)

Vessels are divided into 4 classes, A B C and D. The Tecla competes in Class B. Through the years the Tecla has competed in the races she has won some prices and trophies. Hoping to win more in future races!

2007 –   Sail2deRuyter –

Overall winner

2008 –   Tall Ships Races 2008 –

4 in class and 12 overall

Funchal 500 –   

race 1 – 2 in class and 8 overall

Race 2 – 1 and 4 overall

2009 –    Trans Atlantic Challenge  

race 1 – 1 and 1

Race 2 – 2 and 2

Race 3 – 2 and 2

Race 4 – 1 and 1

Race 5 – 1 and 1

2010 –   Garibaldi TSR    

2 in class and 6 overall

Historical Seas TSR –

Race 1 – 1 and 1

Race 2 – 1 and 1

Race 3 – 2 and 11

Tall Ships Races 2010

Race 1 – 2 and 14

Race 2 – 2 and 4

North Sea TSR

1 in class and 7 overall