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Sail Training and Tall Ships

If sail training and Tall Ships Races float your boat, the International Sail Training and Tall Ships Conference is a once in a year conference not to be missed.

Tall ShipsWhy Tall Ships?….Dramatic improvements in personal confidence and a sense of self-worth were key benefits for the young trainees participating in a sail training voyage during The Tall Ships Races 2012, this summer – according to pioneering, collaborative research by The University of Edinburgh and Sail Training International (STI).

The voyages also led to a significant improvement in participants’ understanding of differences between young people from other cultures and backgrounds. 

These were the main findings of the first phase of a study conducted by two post-graduate students of The University of Edinburgh, among a sample of 41 young trainees from seven countries, aged between 15 – 25 years.  A second phase of the study in six month’s time will test whether these changes in attitude, awareness and behaviour are sustained.

International Sail Training and Tall Ships Conference will host over fifteen seminars and workshops, over two days, will provide tailored programmes to meet the needs and interests of vessel operators, sail training programme providers, ports hosting sail training events and anyonewith an interest in sail training and Tall Ships races and regattas.

The conference is being held at the Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija, located in the heart of Riga, the historic capital of Latvia (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Friday 16 – Saturday 17 November.

Peter Cardy, Chief Executive of Sail Training International, conference organiser, said, “This is the only global conference for sail training and the perfect opportunity for sail training fans from around the world to gather,network and share ideas. We’ve packed this year’s conference full of practical advice and support – from how to recruit and motivate trainees and volunteers; event planning and economic impact studies, to sponsorship ideas and a chance to talk to experts.

  • For vessel operators there are major sessions on exploring the dynamics of extreme weather, looking at Tall Ship stability and exploring approaches to vessel safety and incidents.
  • We’ll be offering help on brand and marketing; exploring the importance of partnership working for our media relations and looking at some cutting edge ideas for developing social marketing.
  • There will also be feedback from this year’s Tall Ships Races and events and lots of opportunities to share knowledge and ask questions.

An event highlight is the official launch of two exciting new races in the Tall Ship calendar:

  • The Mediterranean Tall Ships Regatta, 21 September – 7 October 2013 (Barcelona, Spain – Toulon, France – La Spezia, Italy)
  • The Black Sea Tall Ships Regatta, 30 April – 28 May 2014 (Varna, Bulgaria – Novorossiysk, Russia -Sochi, Russia – Constanta, Russia)

Check out the fantastic photos of these lovely vessels here…

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