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Take Part as crew in the International Tall Ships Race

Tall ship races are not just about mighty square riggers. The summer Tall Ships Race 2021 is the postponed 2020 Race and is aimed at young people but there are nearly always opportunities to sail and race for adults too.

You can sail an impressively large tall ship and Classic Sailing will have a mix of tall ships you can join, but it can be awesome to be part of a racing crew on a smaller sailing ship. The summer International Tall Ships Race 2021 will focus on the Iberian Peninsula and Bay of Biscay so there will be plenty of ocean to race in and some finishes into towards the coast to add to the tactics needed. The multi cultural aspect of this summer sailing event defies cynicism and you will meet crews from all over the world.

The Race Legs & Cruise in Company 2021 – Postponed 2020 race

Tall Ships Race 2021 is organised by Sail Training International

Approx dates of the Racing between ports

The advertised dates are typically for the port celebrations, so we are interpreting the dates in between to give you an idea of the actual sailing dates. Each ships voyages will be based around these race dates, usually taking in a few days ashore at either end where your ship will be an important part of the spectacle for crowds ashore.

Amongst the hubbub of the festival, new crews will need to be familiarised with how to sail the ship as the races generally start out in open water as soon as the fleet clears the harbour or estuary. You do get a chance to set sail in relatively flat water for a parade of sail. This is where where ships exit the port with as much sail up as possible and the worlds press boats and helicopters buss around making you feel very famous.

So where can I see the Tall Ships in Port 2021?   in Falmouth on Thursday 19th August !!!

It kicks off in Falmouth on 19th August and heads for Lisbon in Portugal, followed by tall ship regattas in Cádiz, Spain, and A Coruña, Spain. These ports are all great waterfront cities with historic harbours that provide a great backdrop to a sea of masts. Between them these 4 ports have hosted a total of 28 Tall Ships Races and Regattas between them so they should know how to put on a show.

Due to the late alterations to get the2020 race set up in 2021 the start port has had to changed from Dunkirk to Classic Sailing’s home port of Falmouth. This is a great port to be setting off southwards for Spain and Portugal.

To see the ships at close quarters your best bet is to join one of the Sight Seeing vessels operating out of Falmouht and St Mawes. (There will be no ship visiting in port due to the late re-arrangement of the start port.)

To see the Tall ships at close quarter we recommend Fal River who operate ferries and sightseeing trips. Fal River

To view the tall ships from the land there are three good choices.

  1. Pendennis Headland near the castle of that name in Falmouth.
  2. St Mawes Castle
  3. St Anthony Lighthouse on the end of the Roseland Peninsular.

There are likely to be extra parking and transport in most places to cope with the crowds.

The Rosleand Visitor Centre should have good information nearer the time for both St Mawes and St Anthony.

Falmouth Visitor Centre

Tall Ships Race 2020 - imagine being aloft with this view by Adam Purser
imagine being aloft with this view

What Tall Ships Are Taking Part?

If you have always wanted to take part in a tall ships race, now is the time to start saving or fund raising. It is early yet so we do not know which ships are definitely taking part in the 2021 Tall Ships Race, but as soon as we know, you will know. Sign up for Classic Sailing newsletter and we will keep you up to date with voyage details as the ships start to enter.

We aim for give you a good choice of barques, schooners, luggers and ketches and make sure there are enough chances for all ages (from 15 to 80) to take part as tall ship race crew. We work with two barques that take able bodied and disabled crew to sea as equals and at least one ship – Lord Nelson or Tenacious – usually takes part in this event.

Tall Ships Race 2020 -out on the bowsprit is a good place to pose
Tall Ships Race 2021 -out on the bowsprit is a good place to pose

Classic Sailing specialise in traditionally rigged ships where teamwork is needed to hoist and trim sails with blocks and tackles rather than modern winches. Take pride in the physical efforts and teamwork needed to sail these great ships as hard as you can in an offshore race. Its not all about crossing the line first, but the thrill of the chase will get under your skin and you are in a great place to take photographs of the action. 

The Tall Ship Festivals & Route in 2021

If you can’t sail then you can still enjoy the buzz of this great sailing event by going to one of the festivals at the host ports.

So where can I see the Tall Ships in Port 2021?   in Falmouth on Thursday 19th August !!!

It kicks off in Falmouth on 19th August and heads for Lisbon in Portugal, followed by tall ship regattas in Cádiz, Spain, and A Coruña, Spain. These ports are all great waterfront cities with historic harbours that provide a great backdrop to a sea of masts. Between them these 4 ports have hosted a total of 28 Tall Ships Races and Regattas between them so they should know how to put on a show.

Due to the late alterations to get the2020 race set up in 2021 the start port has had to changed from Dunkirk to Classic Sailing’s home port of Falmouth. This is a great port to be setting off southwards for Spain and Portugal.

To see the ships at close quarters your best bet is to join one of the Sight Seeing vessels operating out of Falmouht and St Mawes. (There will be no ship visiting in port due to the late re-arrangement of the start port.)

To see the Tall ships at close quarter we recommend Fal River who operate ferries and sightseeing trips. Fal River

To view the tall ships from the land there are three good choices.

  1. Pendennis Headland near the castle of that name in Falmouth.
  2. St Mawes Castle
  3. St Anthony Lighthouse on the end of the Roseland Peninsular.

There are likely to be extra parking and transport in most places to cope with the crowds.

The Rosleand Visitor Centre should have good information nearer the time for both St Mawes and St Anthony.

Falmouth Visitor Centre

2021 The Tall Ships Races Magellan-Elcano 500 Series 2021

  • Starting from Falmouth on 19 August
  • Race 1 –  19 to Thur 26 August
  • In port at A Coruña, Spain Thurs 26 to Sun 29 August
  • Cruise-in-Company Sun 29 Aug to Thur 2 Sept
  • In port at Lisbon, Portugal Thurs 2 to Sun 5 Sept
  • Race 2 Sun 5 to Thurs 9 Sept
  • In port at Cádiz, Spain Thurs 9 to Sun 12 Sept

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