Everything’s looking ship-shape for Tall Ships 2018
Written by Ethan Lowerson-Marshall on 9th March 2018
Sunderland has welcomed The Tall Ships Races organisers Sail Training International to the city as part of the planning process for this year’s event.
This year Sunderland will host the races, which will take place from Wednesday 11th July – Saturday 14th July, for the first time and is also the start port for the race series.
45 ships are currently registered to take part and more are expected to sign-up for the occasion the event is certainly taking shape.
As Europe’s largest annual, free, family festival, the Tall Ships Races require a high level of dedicated planning from both Sail Training International and Host Port partners.
Sunderland City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Public Health Wellness and Culture, Councillor John Kelly spoke to Spark about the planning currently underway ahead of July.
Regularly attracting millions of visitors, year after year, there are many logistical, safety, commercial and marketing factors to be considered and carefully planned for in every port the fleet visit.
Port planning visits, like the one today, are integral to ensuring that each Tall Ships event is delivered in a successful and safe manner and is able to be enjoyed by the widest audience possible.
The visit not only looked into site preparations but also safety and security, event promotion, volunteer recruitment, sail trainees, berthing provision for the ships and of course care and activities for the crews, many of which will be visiting Sunderland for the first time.
Knut Western is from Sail Training International and is the race Chairman.
The Tall Ships Races are the biggest single event Sail Training International organise.
The races are held each year in European waters in an area stretching from The Baltic to the Mediterranean.
They are planned four years in advance with the route carefully selected to enable visits to different sea areas and host ports old and new.