July 2013


It's the final countdown

It's the final countdown to The Tall Ships Races 2013 and preparations are all in place for one of the biggest international shows on the sea.

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Across the world. thousands of trainees - many new to sail training and Tall Ships racing - will be counting down the days before stepping on board a ship, most for the first time.   They are about to embark on an adventure of a lifetime, rich with experiences, challenge and friendship.  

I wish you all fair winds!

- Doug Prothero, Chairman, Sail Training International

What's in this issue?

Whether you are a vessel taking part, a trainee, a visitor coming to one of the port events or simply a fan of beautiful Tall Ships - this edition of The Masthead has something for everyone. 

Meet four sail training enthusiasts in our People section, who have made sail training a permanent fixture in their lives - proving the point that sail training really is for everyone, everywhere.

We all care deeply about our marine environment and this year The Tall Ships Races is supporting a campaign to save the Baltic Sea.  We're also urging all competing vessels to sign up to our Blue Flag Scheme and pledge to play their part in protecting the seas they sail.

How do you attract young people to take part in Tall Ship Races and sail training activities?  Read our discussion on the latest sail training marketing ideas and thinking - and please, share yours!

Inspired to take part in a future event?  Check our list of diary dates for other events this year and our future race plans.

Take a trip Around the world for news and announcements about events and the activities of our international Sail Training Organisations.

Plus, inspiration from our sail training supporter double Olympic gold medallist Shirley Robertson; a quest to meet your sailing pets and a special offer from our navigation gurus Yellow Brick.


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International Annual Conference:  open for bookings


Join us in Aalborg, Denmark, Friday 15 – Saturday 16 November, for a packed programme of seminars, workshops and networking opportunities, aimed at the international sail training community.  This unique event in the sail training calendar is designed to meet the wide ranging interests of the sail training and Tall Ships community.

"It's a perfect opportunity for the sail training community around the world, to gather, network, share practical advice, offer each other support and talk to experts."  
Doug Prothero, Chairman

We are delighted to confirm that our key-note speaker for the opening plenary session will be the double Olympic sailing gold medallist and CNN presenter Shirley Robertson OBE.

Who should attend?

  • vessel operators
  • sail training programme providers
  • ports hosting, or planning to host, a Sail Training International event
  • representatives of endorsed events
  • anyone with an interest in sail training and Tall Ships Races and Regattas

About Aalborg

This year the conference will be held at the Aalborg Congress and Culture Centre, which is located just 15 minutes drive from Aalborg Airport and a few minutes walk from the city centre. You can take a tour of the conference centre here. 

Aalborg is 1,000 years old and Denmark’s fourth largest city.  It boasts a Viking past, has over 300 restaurants, a casino, lively nightlife and great shopping. Aalborg will be the finish port for The Tall Ships Races 2015 (Aug 1-4).

How to book

Visit International Sail Training and Tall Ships Conference for further information, prices and to complete the booking form.   An early booking discount of up to 20% applies to bookings made before Saturday 14 September.

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