The Tall Ships Races Lisboa
Have we already told you we love Lisbon? And have we already shared how much we like the ocean and sailing to enjoy it to the fullest? We’re sure we have. Sailing in Portugal is one of our favorite hobbies and one of the reasons why we founded SeaBookings.com. Today we’ll share an event that we consider the ultimate of sailing in Portugal: the Tall Ships Races in Lisbon.
The Tall Ships Races agrees with us that sailing in Lisbon is epic. From the 22nd to the 25th of July Lisbon will become the capital of sailing while welcoming this event. Founded in 1956, the Tall Ship Races is a regatta of tall ships. The mission of the Tall Ships Races is to keep the traditions and practices related to the sailing of tall ships alive. This mission has remained constant over the years. Nowadays the Tall Ships Races are still known for promoting the training and traditions of sailing and seamanship.
The regatta involves young people from all over the world and is organized by Sail Training International. Sail Training International is a world leader in the organization of regattas and research, publications, and events for the international sailing education community.
The Tall Ships Races are held annually, having different routes along European countries. In 1956, Lisbon hosted the first edition of The Tall Ships Races but tall ships date from the last quarter of the 19th century. With the industrial revolution, Tall Ships were replaced by steam engines. And with the First and Second World Wars, several damages were caused to the tall ships while they remained docked or were used as war prizes. After the Industrial Revolution and the wars, the first editions of the Tall Ships Races had the main goal of keeping the Tall Ships sailing traditions to give younger generations the opportunity learning sail skills.
It was in 1954 when the Portuguese Ambassador in London and an English Lawyer launched an event to reunite the tall ships that still existed and in 1956, the first race took place from Torbay – south of England – to Lisbon. In this race participated 12 Tall Ships and 8 other small sized ships.
Nowadays, these races gather about 100 Tall Ships and a crew of over 3.000 young sailors from all over the world. In addition, the event gathers hundreds of thousands of people who visit Lisbon during the races to enjoy the impressive vessels and the art of sailing in Lisbon.
The Tall Ship Races are one of Europe’s largest, free family festivals. This year, the epic sailing event in Lisbon will take place during the 60th celebration of The Tall Ships Races. Being a popular worldwide event for people who like sailing, The Tall Ships Races Lisboa 2016 will once more reaffirm Lisbon as Atlantic Capital, the gateway to Europe. In fact, sailing in Lisbon is popular for the whole family and across many generations.
During the Tall Ship Races, the crew members of the participating ships and visitors from all over the world will learn more about Lisbon’s history on the sea but also its future. In fact, Lisbon takes advantage of its geographic location, making it a great place for sailing in Portugal.
The start of the Tall Ships Races in 2016 will be in Antwerp, Belgium, known for its history and contemporary creative environment. Following the first race, the Tall Ships race will be welcomed in sunny Lisbon where Portuguese discoverers set sail more than 500 years ago. Then, the fleet of tall ships will race to Cadiz, Spain, to finish in La Coruña for the grand finale.
- Antwerp, Belgium // Thursday 7 – Sunday 10 July
- Lisbon, Portugal // Friday 22 – Monday 25 July
- Cadiz, Spain // Thursday 28 – Sunday 31 July
- A Coruna, Spain // Thursday 11 – Sunday 14 August