The Tall Ships Races is a race that takes place between different ports around the world every year, organised by Sail Training International.

Sail Training International (STI) is a charitable organisation whose purpose is the education and development of young people of all nationalities, religious and social backgrounds through sailing training.

In 1956, the first race of the sail training Tall Ships took place from Torbay, UK to Lisbon, Portugal, and it was organised by the Sail Training International Race Committee (STRC). Previously, the original STRC had become ISTA – it had continued to organise the Tall Ships Races in Europe since its beginnings in 1956. In late 2002, STI acquired ISTA’s assets, including its fantastic people and exciting host port contacts.

The organisation consists of national sail training organisations from Australia, Belgium, Bermuda, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Japan, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States of America and other countries.

For further information about Sail Training International, visit www.sailtraininginternational.org