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Royal Greenwich, UK

Over the 2017 Easter weekend, Royal Greenwich welcomes the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta before the start of the first race to Sines, Portugal – off the coast of Torbay, Devon.

The Tall Ships Regatta 2014 attracted 1.1 million visitors to the Royal Borough of Greenwich, so we’re expecting great things when the international fleet returns to the River Thames in London.

Maritime Greenwich has been associated with the sea and navigation for centuries. It’s now a World Heritage Site where you can visit world-class maritime attractions. These include the Cutty Sark, the Royal Observatory, and National Maritime Museum. Beyond Greenwich and into London, it’s hard to find the right words to describe one of the world’s most unique and vibrant capital cities.

In addition to its rich history, Royal Greenwich also has the longest riverfront setting of all the London boroughs. Four days of port activities will take place along in the bustling town centres of Woolwich and Greenwich, with an exciting programme of entertainment, music and fireworks.

Ships taking part in the launch of the Regatta will be anchored at two sites in the borough, which will be the locations of festival villages. These are the Maritime Greenwich UNESCO World Heritage Site in Greenwich town centre, and the Royal Arsenal Riverside in Woolwich.

You can get a taste of what the Royal Greenwich event will entail by checking out their Tall Ships Races 2014 Facebook event gallery.


Are you looking to cover this event for TV, radio, print or online media? Our dedicated media page has information about media accreditation, our online photo library, and much more.

If you want to take part in the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta, but you need help to pay for your voyage, don’t worry. You can apply to take part in a training programme and compete for a sponsored place. This is known as the Sail Training Educational Programme (STEP).

You need to live, volunteer or study in Royal Greenwich and meet a set of criteria in order to be accepted.

Completing the programme doesn’t guarantee you a place as a Tall Ships Sail Trainee, but you’ll certainly gain valuable skills in the process.

Through courses and workshops, you will:

  • Learn life skills, such as teamwork, leadership, time management, and communications
  • Attend accredited courses in food hygiene, health and safety, and water first aid
  • Discover the U.K.’s seafaring and maritime past and Portugal’s culture and history
  • Gain first-hand experience of ships and the water.

You can get a taste of crewing a Tall Ship by joining the Tall Ships Sail Trainee Programme on a 15-night voyage to Sines, Portugal. On this trip, you’ll find out more about how the programme can help you and how to apply.