Lisbon is hosting the 2016 Tall Ships Races scheduled for July 22-25, with the participation of more than 50 iconic sailing ships from around the world and more than 5,000 young crew members, from a variety of countries.
Lisbon expects about one million visitors at the new cruise terminal, between Santa Apolónia and Praça do Comércio. Visitors will be able to climb on board to inspect some of the largest sailing ships in the world.
Planned four years in advance, and occurring annually, the races are a tribute to the era of the great sailing ships, attracting the largest sailing ships in existence.
In Portugal, APORVELA (Portuguese Association of Sail Training), through its training program ‘Aporvela Youth’, provides training to Portuguese youngsters.
Involving four ports of call and 1.955 nautical miles, this year the event marks the 60th anniversary of the first race, when ships set sail from Torbay (UK), Devon (UK) and to Lisbon.The first leg of the races departed on July 7 from Antwerp (Belgium), to arrive in Lisbon on July 22; departing on July 28 to Cadiz (Spain) to complete its last leg in Coruña (Spain).
The goal is to provide sail training opportunities to young people around the world, 15 years old and older, regardless of nationality, culture, religion, gender or social background. The training requires participants to confront many demanding challenges.
The events are organized by the Sail Training International (STI), based in Hampshire (UK), an international non-profit association of sail training organizations of 26 countries around the world.
Besides organizing the annual Tall Ships’ Races, STI is a provider of races and events, conferences and seminars, publications, research and services for the international sail training community. Most sail training vessels are owned and operated by charities or foundations, schools or universities, governments or other institutions.
Lisbon hosted the event in 2012, gathering about 60 tall ships from 49 countries, involving a crew of about 5.000. The 2016 Portuguese round is co-organized by APORVELA, the Lisbon City Council, the Lisbon Port Authority and the Lisbon Cruise Terminals.
Source: The Tall Ships Races Lisboa 2016