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Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta

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Start date 13/04/17
Legs 9
Races 5
Nautical miles 10000

The Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta is truly the adventure of a lifetime. Sailing in the wake of the great explorers, you could be travelling 10,000 nautical miles across the Atlantic, visiting seven different countries, and taking part in six races. Or at least some of it.

The event celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation through its founders and founding provinces, which is a unique chance to commemorate the rich history of sailing in Canada and around the world.

Up to 40 vessels will be crossing the North Atlantic Ocean and you could be on one of them – we anticipate that around 3,000 trainees will take part.


Find a vessel looking for crew in the race leg links under The Route – or click on Entered Vessels for the full list. You can then book your place directly on a vessel’s website. For vessels entered in the Guest Ports Programme, see the individual port pages below.

If you need help email

For further help finding a route, ship, or to book your place, email the Sail on Board support team at or call +44 23 9258 6367 (09.00-17.00 GMT) or +31 68 2790 115 (09.00-12.00 EST)


The Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta Guest Ports Programme is an opportunity to sample the hospitality of over 31 different and beautiful Canadian guest ports in the region.

Far away from the high energy of racing and four-day host city festivities, it’s a chance for vessels to enjoy a pre-planned 48-hour stop-over, or longer, in order to sample the diversity of maritime heritage and different cultures that each Canadian guest port has to offer.

Crews will have the chance to explore the beautiful maritime provinces of Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick, as well as the provinces of Québec and Ontario. Plus, take advantage of a programme of events and crew facilities which will be provided in each port.

Southern Gulf

  • Friday 30 June-Sunday 2 July 2017: Charlottetown, Summerside, Pictou, Caraquet, Port Hawkesbury, Pugwash

Northern Gulf

  • Friday 7 July-Sunday 9 July 2017: Miramichi, Havre-Saint-Pierre, Sept Ȋles, Sainte-Anne-des-Monts, Carlteton-sur-Mer, Gaspé, Ȋles de la Madeleine

Saint Lawrence River Ports

  • Friday 14 July-Sunday 16 July 2017: Baie-Comeau, Rimouski, Saguenay, Tadoussac

Great Lakes Flotilla

  • Friday 30 June-Sunday 2 July 2017: Hamilton
  • Friday 7 July-Sunday 9 July 2017: Bath
  • Friday 14 July-Sunday 16 July 2017: Sorel-Tracy, Trois-Rivières

Outport Programme

  • Saturday 29 July-Monday 31 July 2017: Norris Point, Corner Brook
  • Friday 4 August-Sunday 6 August 2017: Sydney, Saint Peter’s, Louisbourg
  • Thursday 10 August-Saturday 12 August 2017: Lunenburg
  • Monday 14 August-Tuesday 15 August 2017: Shelburne
  • Tuesday 15 August-Wednesday 16 August 2017: Digby
  • Wednesday 16 August 2017: Annapolis Royal (sail past)
  • Friday 18 August-Sunday 20 August 2017: Saint John

For information on the vessels taking part in the Guest Ports Programme, visit each Guest Port page.

Sail Training International is working in partnership with the City of Québec, in association with Le Rendez-Vous Naval de Québec.

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 Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta Brochure

RDV BrochureDownload our brochure for more information about Rendez-Vous 2017 and the Guest Ports Programme.