A group of Class A Tall Ships owners and operators in Europe came up with the idea. They predicted an increasing possibility of clashing dates and thought everyone could benefit from coordinating the Tall Ships events. So, they asked Sail Training International to help.
In 2002, we held informal discussions with the organisers of the International Festival of the Sea (Portsmouth, UK), Sail Bremerhaven (Germany), and Sail Amsterdam (the Netherlands). We discussed the proposed dates for 2005… and we all modified our events to fit around each other. As a result, we came up with a programme of events that didn’t clash.
Today, we’re continuing to develop the Endorsed Events Scheme by building more formal relationships with event organisers.