The Falmouth-Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Regatta 2014 is a unique opportunity for individuals of all ages and organisations to be involved and take part in a world class event. As well as being in great locations, the welcome and support the Tall Ships can expect in these two ports will be second to none.
Falmouth, the starting point for the 2014 Regatta, secured its place thanks to the proven success of the Funchal 500 Tall Ships Regatta in 2008 and the Tall Ships Race event in 1998. It's been a Tall Ship friendly port since their first ever visit in 1966. Falmouth’s association with the sea and ships has been a part of Cornwall’s
heritage for centuries and Falmouth always gives an enthusiastic welcome to these ships of bygone times.
Maritime Greenwich the end point for the regatta, is home to the Cutty Sark, the Royal Observatory, National Maritime Museum and Old Royal Naval College and has a rich naval history, with long associations with the sea and navigation. Around 18 million people visit Royal Greenwich each year to enjoy our historic royal buildings, maritime heritage, museums, open spaces, riverfront and festival programme. With experience of hosting large scale events including Sail Royal Greenwich, the London 2012 Games, the London Marathon, the Tour de France and the Red Bull Air Race, the Tall Ships Regatta will be one of the major events for London in 2014.
Sail training requires participants to confront many demanding challenges, both physical and emotional. It is an activity that inspires self-confidence and the acceptance of personal responsibility. It promotes an acceptance of others whatever their social or cultural backgrounds, and develops a willingness to take controlled risks. For most who undertake sail training on Tall Ships it is a positive life-changing experience.
Most sail training vessels are owned and operated by charities or foundations, schools or universities, governments or other institutions. They generally seek to reflect the breadth of social backgrounds in society at large in the crews they attract. Many have funding programmes to subsidise the participation of those who could otherwise not afford it. Some also run special programmes for those with physical, mental or social difficulties.
Sail training takes place all over the world and in many different types of vessel. Voyages on small vessels benefit from the intimacy of working on board within a small team. Different challenges confront those who undertake sail training on the huge and glamorous square-rigged ships, with much demanding work aloft as well as on deck. Sail training is an adventure activity for the young and old everywhere, with a record of considerable success in developing men and women of character and ability for the challenges of life.
Sail training is an adventure activity for people of all ages and abilities. It includes instruction in all aspects of sailing but its purpose goes far, far beyond this. Sail training uses the experience of being at sea principally as a means to help people learn about themselves, discover hidden strengths and talents and understand the value of working as a team.
YB Tracking is supplying each ship with a tracker that will collect and transmit several items of data through the regatta. This data will be transmitted to the race player which will be available at the Sail Training International website. This provides an easy way for friends, family and supporters to keep up to date with an individual vessel or the whole fleet with just a few clicks of a mouse.
Visit Sail Training International for more information and to view the race player