Helsinki, Turku and Mariehamn, Tallinn, Klaipėda and Szczecin to host Tall Ships Races 2024
Helsinki, Turku and Mariehamn, Tallinn, Klaipėda and Szczecin are going to be the organisers of the Tall Ships Races 2024, an international sailing event for thousands of young people. The aim of the event is to promote the education and development of young people of all nationalities, religions and social backgrounds, through sail training.
Mayor of Helsinki Juhana Vartiainen said: “We are once again happy to welcome the ships sailing the waves of the Baltic Sea, as well as the wonderful atmosphere of the competition. At the same time, we are embracing our unique relationship to the Baltic Sea and our stunning archipelago. The competition brings visitors from all over the world to Helsinki and its significance to residents, businesses and communities alike is momentous, as it is also very much a joint effort of the entire city, which has positive financial consequences as well.”
The annual Tall Ships Races event is held in the Baltic Sea region every fourth year. Helsinki has previously been a host port of the Tall Ships Races in 1972, 1988, 2000 and in 2013 when there were around 100 ships from all over the world participating in the event, which attracted approximately 500,000 visitors to the Hietalahti area.
The Tall Ships Races is organised by Sail Training International (STI), a non-profit association founded in 1956 in London.
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