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Are you ready for the Challenge?

Posted by Tall Ships America on December 19, 2008

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Start of Race Three, Portsmouth, NH-TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® 2007

 As part of the TALL SHIPS ATLANTIC CHALLENGE®, Sail Training International and the American Sail Training Association are organzing five races and a cruise-in-company over the course of next summer’s event. The international fleet of tall ships will be visiting seven ports in six countries and between ports the races will keep those competitive spirits alive and well during the long stretches without sight of land.

The schedule is as follows:
Race One: Vigo, Spain to Tenerife, Canary Islands (organized by STI)
Race Two: Tenerife to Hamilton, Bermuda  (STI)
Race Three:  Hamilton to Charleston, South Carolina (STI)
Race Four:  Charleston to Boston, Massachussets (ASTA)
Cruise-in-Company:  Boston to Halifax, Nova Scotia (ASTA)
Race Five:  Halifax to Belfast, Northern Ireland (STI)

To enter a vessel in the STI organized races, click here for the STI Race Entry Form (PDF)

To enter a vessel in the ASTA organized races, click here for the ASTA Race Entry Form (PDF)

More information about the series, participating vessels, and how you can sail on board a tall ship is available here.

Join the fun!

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2 Responses to “Are you ready for the Challenge?”

  1. Catherine Crespo said

    I wanted to participate in the Halifax to Belfast leg of the race, but my tour of duty was extended a month so cant go. Would it be possible, tho, to meet one of the ships (Mystic possibly, but any would be fine) in Belfast and sail back to the states with them in August??

    • Erin said

      Hi Catherine,
      The only US ship that is making the transit, as of now, is HMS Bounty but I am not sure that they will be returning immediately to the states because if they make the three week transit, they might as well continue onto Europe and stay for a while! You can get in touch with the organization through their website at http://www.tallshipbounty.org to find out their schedule and if they have berths available. Most of the ships making the transit are European vessels that will continue onto thier homeports and will not be returning to the states.

      Erin S.
      TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE(r) Coordinator

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