March 24, 2015 - Sail Training International is delighted to announce the two ports selected to host the second North Sea Tall Ships Regatta - Blyth, UK and Gothenburg, Sweden.
For Blyth in Northumberland, UK this is the first major Tall Ships event they have hosted and the town is eager to welcome the international fleet of Tall Ships.
Gothenburg in Sweden will be hosting this major Tall Ships event for the fifth time – following their success in hosting The Tall Ships Races in 1968, 1978 1986 and 1997.
The first North Sea Regatta was held in 2010, racing from Hartlepool, UK to Ijmuiden, Netherlands. Thirty-one vessels of all classes from around the world took part in this launch event – including the magnificent Class A vessels Shabab Oman (Oman), Stad Amsterdam (Netherlands) and Santa Maria Manuela (Portugal).
The North Sea Tall Ships Regatta 2016
- Blyth, UK Friday 26 - Monday 29 August 2016
- Race (approximately 500 nautical miles)
- Gothenburg, Sweden Saturday 3 – Tuesday 6 September 2016
Paul Bishop, Head of Race Directorate, Sail Training International said, “2016 is a special year for Tall Ships events. The Tall Ships Races 2016 will be celebrating a diamond anniversary as it will be sixty years since the first Tall Ships race in 1956. And the North Sea Tall Ships Regatta will be held for only the second time in six years – so we are particularly pleased to be visiting two excellent, but contrasting ports. “Blyth is a tidal deep water port which can accommodate the largest Class A ships and offers first class amenities to the fleet
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“The town and port of Blyth is set up to deliver a tremendous welcome and provide great hospitality. Blyth’s association with the sea goes back centuries and it is fitting to welcome these ships of bygone times. The event will be a great opportunity for individuals of all ages, and organisations, to be involved and take part in a world class event.
“Gothenburg already has an excellent reputation for delivering Tall Ship events. They have traditionally supported the development and education of young people and have a track record of looking after our sail training Tall Ships.
“Both ports also have an excellent environmental profile and the Regatta will be very much in synergy with the sustainability messages we aim to deliver through our events.”
Blyth is on the north east coast of the UK, in the county of Northumberland. The Port of Blyth has been an integral part of the town of Blyth and wider region for centuries. The shipment of coal began during the 14th century and the early 20th century saw further expansion into shipbuilding and coal exports, with Blyth becoming the largest coal exporting port in Europe in the early 1960s.
In recent years Blyth has established itself as a modern, diverse port handling everything from wind turbines and forest products, to hosting a resident fishing fleet and being home to the Royal Northumberland Yacht Club.
It has a reputation for being a leading renewable energy related port hosting the Blyth Renewables Festival and works closely with environmental bodies to ensure environmental best practice is maintained. The Port’s carbon footprint has already been acknowledged as being significantly better then accepted good practice.
Martin Lawlor, Chief Executive, Port of Blyth, said: “We are delighted that the Regatta is coming to Blyth and look forward to welcoming the ships and their crews. Visitors will also get a great view of the ships in the main public quay areas and I am sure the event will prove hugely popular. As a Trust Port we are pleased to have played our part in securing the event for the benefit of our stakeholders and the region as a whole.”
Gothenburg, known as ‘a sustainable city open to the world’, is the second largest city in Sweden and the fifth largest in the Nordic countries. Situated by the Kattegat, on the west coast of Sweden, it is classified as a global city and was ranked as the 12th most inventive city in the world by Forbes. The city is known for hosting some of the largest annual events in Scandinavia, including major marine events such as the Volvo Ocean Race which it is hosting for the third time in 2015
Max Markusson, Director of Events at Gothenburg & Co said, "We are thrilled about hosting the North Sea Tall Ships Regatta in 2016. It is a great honor for Gothenburg to be able to give the extraordinary experience of a Tall Ships event to the passionate sailing fans in our part of the world."