Klaipeda, Lithuania - Thursday 18 - Sunday 21 August
Turku, Finland - Friday 26 - Sunday 28 August
Gdynia, Poland - Friday 2 - Monday 5 September
Sail Training International is organising a special Regatta in 2011 to mark the Finnish city of Turku’s year as the European Capital of Culture. The Culture 2011 Tall Ships Regatta will being timed to follow on from The Tall Ships Races 2011 and so extend the Tall Ships festival season into September.
Klaipeda (Lithuania) and Gdynia (Poland) have agreed to join forces with Turku to create two races that will have no age restriction but will feature the cultural activities and highlights of
each city. The event will start in Klaipeda from where the fleet will race to Turku and then race to Gdynia.
Each of the cities will be required to recruit a minimum of 25 trainees to take part in the event with the emphasis placed on cultural groups such as dance troupes, bands, artists and singers. It is envisaged that during the port visits, the crews will
enjoy visits to the cultural highlights of each city.
Vessels that took part in The Tall Ships Races Baltic 2009 will already be aware of the warm and friendly atmospheres of these three ports. A similar welcome can be assured in 2011.