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#tallships – Sail Training International (STI) has launched exciting new opportunities to sail on the high seas and enjoy TallShips around the world.

Mediterranean Tall Ships Regatta (September-October 2013)

Race around the Med in early autumn next year and visit glamorous ports in Spain, France and Italy.

Enjoy a port festival in Barcelona from Saturday 21 – Tuesday 24 September, then race on a Tall Ship to Toulon, France arriving Friday 27 September for a port festival lasting until Monday 30 September. The second race leg then leaves Toulon and shipssail to La Spezia, Italy - arriving Friday 4 October, where the Regatta winners in each class will be announced. La Spezia is holding a port festival untilMonday 7 October.

Sydney - Auckland Regatta (September-October 2013)

Ships in the Sydney to Auckland Tall Ships Regatta will visit Melbourne, Hobart and Sydney, Australia and then race across the Tasman Sea, to Auckland, New Zealand. It is the first ever Sail Training International event to be held in Australasian waters; to commemorate the centenary of the first entry of the Royal Australian Navy into Sydney.

Melbourne, Australia

Mon 9 - Saturday 14 September

Hobart, Australia

Fri 20 - Wednesday 25 September

Sydney, Australia

Mon 7 - Thursday 10 October

Auckland, New Zealand

Thurs 24 October - Sunday 27 October

SCF Black Sea Tall Ships Regatta (May 2014)

Sponsored by Sovcomflot (SCF) this is an opportunity to take part in the first event of its kind and sail across the unique Black Sea visiting fascinating ports in Bulgaria, Russia and Romania.

Varna, Bulgaria                    Wed 30 April – Sat 3 May

Novorossiysk, Russia        Fri 9 – Mon 12 May

Sochi, Russia                      Thurs 15 – Sun 18 May

Constanta, Romania          Sun 25 – Wed 28 May

PLUS:   The Tall Ships Races (July-August 2013)

In addition to these exciting new events the annual Tall Ships Races are also open to vessel entries until May 2013, offering the opportunity to visit Denmark, Finland, Latvia and Poland.  Lots of trainee places are also available.  This year's Races are looking to be twice the size of last year; an event and spectacle not to be missed.

Arhus, Denmark                  Thurs 4 - Sun 7 July

Helsinki, Finland                 Wed 17 - Sat 20July

Riga, Latvia                           Thurs 25 - Sun 28 July

Szczecin, Poland                 Sat 3 - Tues 6 August

Further details about the races can be seen on the Sail Training International website.

Peter Cardy, Chief Executive at Sail Training International and himself a  frequent Tall Ships racer said, "These races bring spectacle, unmatched by other events, to millions of spectators.  An experience, which is utterly unique for all intrepid trainees. However you become involved the Tall Ships promise asailing experience like no other for seafarers and landlubbers alike."

Would you like to enter a vessel?

All of these events are open to any monohull sailing vessel of more than 9.14m (30ft) water line length, which meets STI's safety equipment requirements.  Ships interested in taking part need to submit an entry form, which can be found here:

Mediterranean Regatta – deadline 1 August 2013

Sydney Auckland Regatta – deadline 1 September 2013

SCF Black Sea Regatta – deadline 1 March 2014

Tall Ships Races 2013 – deadline 1 May 2013

Interested in becoming a trainee sailor?

People of all abilities, including those with mental and physical disabilities, can take part as trainee sailors aboard the vessels, providing they are over the age of 15.

Trainees may join for all or part of the race series and all ships entering the races are encouraged to recruit trainees between the ages of 15 and 25.  Trainees interested in joining a ship canregister their interest here.   Skippers with available berths visit the page regularly and will be in contact with you.

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#JEANIE LECTURES – Having started this month, the 'Below the Surface' series of six lectures is a celebration of Ireland's maritime heritage and archaeology. They are held on the first Wednesday of each month on board the replica 19th century barque Jeanie Johnston in Dublin Docklands. The next lecture on 5th December is about Sir Ernest Shackleton, one of Irelands greatest polar explorers.

The talk presented by historian and guide - Jonathan Shackleton will give a unique insight by delving into his family background of the polar explorer and for his reputation and growth in four expeditions to Antarctica.

Doors open at 7.15pm (lecture starts 8pm) and those attending will experience an intimate space ideal for maritime tales, oozing with seafaring ambience with the creaking sounds of the hull.

It is advisable to arrive early as entry to venue will not be possible upon commencement of the lecture venue.  The emmigrant famine museum ship is berthed alongside Custom House Quay. To book online tickets costing €15 each, click the link HERE

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Below the Surface is hosting a series of intriguing maritime stories in a unique venue - The Jeanie Johnston, with the atmospheric creaking sounds of the famine ship's hull enveloping the audience as they listen to enthralling tales of Ireland's exciting, seafaring past - from Vikings fleets and their Dublin slave trade to 17th century pirates, 18th century emigration to 19th century polar exploration. All told in a most intimate setting, while the River Liffey gently sways the hull beneath your chair.

These events are celebration of Ireland's maritime heritage and archaeology and generously sponsored by the Department of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht and Dublin City Council

Limited seating, doors open 7.15pm, adm €15

Please see attached flier for additional information.

Booking @

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#Tallships – The education under sail organisation in the United States, 'Tall Ships America' has expressed its hope for the speed recovery of HMS Bounty Captain following the foundering of HMS BOUNTY during Hurricance Sandy this week.  The organisation has also said the current speculation into the sinking of the vessel is not helpful at this time.

Tall Ships America have issued the following statement: The tall ship HMS BOUNTY was lost yesterday in Hurricane Sandy off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Of the 16 persons reportedly aboard at the time, we understand that one individual has perished, and that 14 others were rescued, thanks to the exemplary courage and skill of Coast Guard search and rescue personnel. It appears that the vessel's master, Robin Walbridge, is missing, and the search continues.

A member of Tall Ships America, HMS BOUNTY was a popular participant in public maritime festivals around North America. Our membership is united in sending our thoughts, prayers and best wishes to the crew and their families, to the family of the crewmember who was lost, and to the brave Coast Guard team who sustain our hopes for Captain Walbridge's speedy rescue.

There is currently much speculation about the loss of the vessel. We believe that further speculation is not helpful at this time, especially in view of the respect that is due to the individuals whose lives are directly affected by these tragic events. Tall Ships America does not have any factual information to add but notes that there will surely be an official inquiry that will assemble much more complete information than is available to anyone now. We are confident that our membership, if called upon, will cooperate with that inquiry in the full spirit of professionalism upon which the sail training movement depends.

For now, we appeal to the public to lend their thoughts and support to the crew and shore team of HMS BOUNTY and their families, to join us in thanking the Coast Guard rescue team for their heroism on behalf of our colleagues, and to sustain hopes for Captain Walbridge's safe return.

Tall Ships America is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching youth education through character building and leadership programs aboard tall ships. It is the hub for tall ship activity, expertise, and information in North America, and is commended by Congress as the Sail Training organization representing the United States.

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#tallship – A Tall Ship replica 18th-century sailing vessel, a visitor to Irish ports in 2009,  was caught in Hurricane Sandy's and sunk leaving the captain missing and forcing the crew into liferafts in rough seas off the North American coast.

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued 14 people by helicopter and spent much of the day searching for two missing crew members.

One of them, 42-year-old Claudene Christian, was found unresponsive in the water on Monday evening. She was taken to hospital while rescuers continued to search for the missing captain of the HMS Bounty, 63-year-old Robin Walbridge.

Both Christian and Wallbridge were wearing survival suits designed to help keep them afloat and protected from cold waters for up to 15 hours.

The famed H.M.S. Bounty, led by Captain Robin Walbridge and a crew of 18, arrived in Cobh at the Port of Cork in the summer of 2009. In June last year the 200-tonne ship arrived into Belfast Lough for the Belfast Titanic Maritime Festival.

The HMS Bounty was built at Smith and Ruhland Shipyard in Lunenburg, N.S. for the 1962 film "Mutiny on the Bounty" - had left Connecticut last week en route to Florida.

Coast Guard Vice Adm. Robert Parker, Operational Commander for the Atlantic Area, told ABC's "Good Morning America" that the ship had taken on about three metres of water when the crew abandoned it.

Amid high winds and 5.5-metre seas, two helicopters flew in for the rescue around dawn Monday, plucking crew members from the lifeboats.

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#TALL SHIPS - this week highlighted this wonderful video of the Tall Ships Races fleet as they departed Dublin Bay on Sunday 26 August.

Filmmaker Rachel O'Connor captured this footage on board the racing sloop Sceolaing along with its owners the Delaps.

"Nearly everyone who had a boat was out at sea," says O'Connor. "The spectacle was breathtaking."

Judging by the sights she captured here, we're inclined to agree!

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#MUSIC AFLOAT - The replica emmigrant barque Jeanie Johnston, is to embark with an exciting line-up of artists from all genres onto its timber decks. The unique music venue of the famine museum ship is located on Custom House Quay within the Dublin 'Docklands' quarter.

The next session on 20th October (7pm) is to be performed by Larry Beau. The Galwegian minstrel, composer and story collector will be accompanied by special guests to record the new album The Sundance Vagabonds live! on board the vessel.

The new album was written during a one year trip, from east to west coast America and was inspired by Peregrine White, the first-born to the Pilgrims when they arrived in the New World on the caravel Mayflower in 1620.

The sessions are held below decks in the main saloon where space is strictly limited to 80 persons. Advance booking online is recommended. Tickets are €15.00 and are available online through the Jeanie Johnston website by clicking HERE.

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#TALL SHIPS – It has been more than a fortnight ago since the spectacle of Dublin Tall Ships Race Festival's 'Parade of Sail' took place, and today the last participant, the Swedish Navy's Falken, made a southbound departure of Dublin Bay, writes Jehan Ashmore.

The last large tallship to depart the festival was the Italian Navy's Amerigo Vespucci, leaving the smaller Swedish gaff schooner to remain moored along the Liffey quays until her departure this afternoon. The B-class tallship built in 1947, is based out of Karlskrona and her crew of 13 officers and 29 trainees are currently heading for Porto.

It is ironic that on the same day of Falken's farewell, the Norwegian tallship Christian Radich is currently heading northbound in the Irish Sea as previously reported today. She is to visit the capital, where she called last year to publicise in advance this year's Tall Ships Race Festival.

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#Tallships – The start of the Tall Ships race scheduled for yesterday evening has been postponed until 6pm today (Monday 27 August), due to expected adverse weather conditions.

The inaugural Irish Sea Tall Ships Regatta has been delayed by 24 hours but it didn't stop the tall ships from taking part in a spectacular Parade of Sail yesterday as the fleet said a sad farewell to Dublin and this year's race series.

The fleet will now go their separate ways fulfilling other sailing commitments except for 11 tall ships who will take part in the Irish Sea Tall Ships Regatta from Dublin to Liverpool.

Unfortunately the start of the race has been delayed by 24 hours due to the weather. Mike Bowles, Sail Training International's Race Director for the Irish Sea Tall Ships Regatta commented on the decision: "The anticipated depression that's coming has meant that we have taken the decision to delay the start by 24 hours to enable the fleet to compete in better sailing conditions for the ship and crew."

There will now be a two hour start window from 18.00hrs - 20.00hrs (local time) which will see the 11 competing vessels cross a virtual start line. Each Captain will be responsible for reporting the start time to Sail Training Interational's Race Communications Officer who will be monitoring to check the the time and position given correspond with Yellow Brick trackers.

The Irish Sea Tall Ships Regatta is different to a typical tall ships race as the winner of the regatta will be the ship that has covered the most distance.

The course has been designed with imaginary waypoints in place with vessels only allowed to travel one way to a waypoint. The Communications Officer will request every vessel to report their position twice a day along with their previous waypoint and intended waypoint. If a communications report is missed, a 'Standard Distance Penalty' will be issued at discretion of the Race Committee rather than a traditional 'Standard Time Penalty' used for The Tall Ships Races 2012.

Assistant Race Director, Harry Allaway, who has designed the course commented: "We wanted to create a race which would give Captains' the chance to make challenging tactical decisions of how they can maximise their ability to cover a greater distance than any other vessel. It will provide greater scope for exciting racing between Dublin and Liverpool by extending the distance of the race."

The Irish Sea Tall Ships Regatta will finish at 12.00hrs (local time) Wednesday 29 August 2012 with the fleet due in Liverpool by 12.00hrs (local time) Thursday 30 August 2012.

Howth Yacht Club is involved in the organisation of the race start management tonight. It says the start linewill be a virtual Line, set in the area N53.23 W05.58.

Howth YC's race management vessels Free Enterprise, Sea Wych and the Howth Race Team along with Race Officials from the Tall Ships organisation will be going to sea to supervise the start and to be on hand should any issue arise.

The club says anyone that might not be setting to sea to watch the start should consider watching from the cliff path, between Howth Summit and Redrock.

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#Tall Ships – A 21-gun salute to say goodbye to the Tall Ships, which left Dublin's docklands yesterday morning in great winds and sunshine. Footage taken by Sgmn Terry Healy, from an Air Corps helicopter shows the Mexican Ship, Cuauhtemoc, join the other competitors in the Docklands under tow from Dublin's Harbourmaster yesterday and we have more photos of the ships in a parade of sail around Dublin Bay.  Over a million people came to see the ships over their four-day visit to Dublin. Another 100,000 people are estimated to have watched today's Parade of Sail from the Dublin Bay shoreline.

As the four-day Tall Ships Races 2012-Dublin festival comes to a close, visitors saw the 40- strong fleet of spectacular Tall Ships sail out of Dublin Port with the sun shining down this morning led by the Naval Service LE Emer in the Parade of Sail. The ships sailed along a course to Dun Laoghaire Harbour and after a 21-gun salute sailed to Howth as hundreds of thousands gathered in both ports along with the city quays for the best views.

More than 1.15 million people visited the festival over the four days despite the weather and a further hundred thousand lined Dublin bay today for the parade of sail. Visitors to the festival toured the magnificent Tall Ships meeting captains and crew; attended live outdoor music events with Ash, Ryan Sheridan and Cathy Davey among others on the Bulmers Live Music Dock; took part in workshops and walking literary tours; enjoyed spectacular watersports; witnessed the action from the adrenaline-fuelled Kings of Concrete who wowed with skateboarding, parkour and beatboxing while enjoying the festival atmosphere along the North and South side of the quays.

Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar, who led the parade of sail today, along with the Lord Mayor of Dublin and Admiral of The Port Naoise O Muirí, on the LE Emer, commented "The festival has been a huge achievement and success and organisers have succeeded all expectations and the festival was orchestrated with Fáilte Ireland, Dublin Port and Dublin City Council along with 1,000 volunteers. The festival has been great for the city and tourism. Hotels and restaurants are reporting they were virtually full since Thursday."

The Tall Ships Races 2012-Dublin Festival Director Mary Weir commented, " The Tall Ships Races 2012-Dublin has been a resounding success for Dublin City and we are delighted we exceeded all expectations. Dublin City Council and Dublin Port along with thousands of workers, the support of our incredible sponsors, our wonderful volunteers and many suppliers have worked hard to bring this festival to the quays. We were delighted to see the docklands full of visitors both young and old enjoying themselves and visiting the magnificent Tall Ships who have been on an incredible journey. We wish them well on their next voyage and hope to see them return to our capital city in the near future."

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The Half Ton Class was created by the Offshore Racing Council for boats within the racing band not exceeding 22'-0". The ORC decided that the rule should "....permit the development of seaworthy offshore racing yachts...The Council will endeavour to protect the majority of the existing IOR fleet from rapid obsolescence caused by ....developments which produce increased performance without corresponding changes in ratings..."

When first introduced the IOR rule was perfectly adequate for rating boats in existence at that time. However yacht designers naturally examined the rule to seize upon any advantage they could find, the most noticeable of which has been a reduction in displacement and a return to fractional rigs.

After 1993, when the IOR Mk.III rule reached it termination due to lack of people building new boats, the rule was replaced by the CHS (Channel) Handicap system which in turn developed into the IRC system now used.

The IRC handicap system operates by a secret formula which tries to develop boats which are 'Cruising type' of relatively heavy boats with good internal accommodation. It tends to penalise boats with excessive stability or excessive sail area.


The most significant events for the Half Ton Class has been the annual Half Ton Cup which was sailed under the IOR rules until 1993. More recently this has been replaced with the Half Ton Classics Cup. The venue of the event moved from continent to continent with over-representation on French or British ports. In later years the event is held biennially. Initially, it was proposed to hold events in Ireland, Britain and France by rotation. However, it was the Belgians who took the ball and ran with it. The Class is now managed from Belgium. 

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At A Glance – Half Ton Classics Cup Winners

  • 2017 – Kinsale – Swuzzlebubble – Phil Plumtree – Farr 1977
  • 2016 – Falmouth – Swuzzlebubble – Greg Peck – Farr 1977
  • 2015 – Nieuwport – Checkmate XV – David Cullen – Humphreys 1985
  • 2014 – St Quay Portrieux – Swuzzlebubble – Peter Morton – Farr 1977
  • 2013 – Boulogne – Checkmate XV – Nigel Biggs – Humphreys 1985
  • 2011 – Cowes – Chimp – Michael Kershaw – Berret 1978
  • 2009 – Nieuwpoort – Général Tapioca – Philippe Pilate – Berret 1978
  • 2007 – Dun Laoghaire – Henri-Lloyd Harmony – Nigel Biggs – Humphreys 1980~
  • 2005 – Dinard – Gingko – Patrick Lobrichon – Mauric 1968
  • 2003 – Nieuwpoort – Général Tapioca – Philippe Pilate – Berret 1978

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