Over 100 vessels and almost 7,000 young people took part in the Tall Ships Races 2017 – and if you are aged 16 – 25 years then you can take part in the 2018 Tall Ships Races too! Remember, a variety of bursaries are available to help you jump onboard so if you want to join us on a voyage, financial support is there to help make this possible!  Check our out Bursaries page for more details!

In 2017, Challenge Wales had one of her biggest adventures yet as she visits no fewer than 14 countries, welcomed 10 different nationalities onboard, experienced weather conditions from 0 knots to 45 knots, attended events that drew in over 2.5 million spectators in the largest festival in Europe and sailed over 4,000 miles as part of her summer. 

Tall Ships races and events are about adventure, heritage, social responsibility and scale – set against a stunning backdrop of vessels, beautiful ports and a fever of festival excitement!

Come and join us in 2018 for an adventure like no other! Remember, no sailing experience is required and a Tall Ships adventure can be a great addition to a CV or provide the perfect summer break

Gosport to Sunderland: 8th - 13th July 2018

Challenge Wales departing AberdeenJoin us for our ‘Fast Blast Delivery’ voyage to Sunderland. This is a great milebuilder as we plan to sail non-stop straight into the Tall Ships Festival. Everyone on this voyage will also experience the Tall Ships Crew Parade.

Cost – £329
Read the 2018 Tall Ships Information Pack!

Sunderland (UK) to Esbjerg (Denmark): 13th - 20th July 2018

The UK is the starting destination for the 2018 Tall Ships Races series and we can’t wait to be there to soak up the amazing festival /celebratory atmosphere. It’s a great adventure ahead as we race across the North Sea to Denmark as we represent Wales and the UK.

Cost – £700
Read the 2018 Tall Ships Information Pack

Esbjerg (Sweden) to Stavanger (Norway): 20th - 28th July 2018

This is a Cruise in Company leg, so although not competitively racing you will be part of the spectacular Parade of Sail with the international Tall Ships fleet, visit new ports and then arrive in Stavanger for the crew parade representing Wales and the UK. This 9 day activity is perfect for those who might not want to take part in a competitive race and see a bit more of the amazing coast and landscapes.

Cost – £750

Stavanger (Norway) to Harlingen (Netherlands): 28th July - 5th August 2018

Get ready for the last race of the Tall Ships Races 2018 series. Join us in the afternoon of 28th July, explore one or two of the spectacular tall ships before the Challenge Wales welcome meeting where you will meet your fellow crew. Learn the ropes and head off to sea in the spectacular parade of sail. Then it will be a sail to the start line

Cost – £800
Read the 2018 Tall Ships Information Pack

Harlingen (Netherlands) to Gosport (UK): 5th Aug - 11th Aug 2018 - HOMEWARD BOUND

 Don’t worry if you didn’t experience one of the Tall Ships Races as you can still experience the atmosphere of this amazing event, take part in a Parade of Sail and see the other spectacular ships before heading back to the UK.

Cost – £549
Read the 2018 Tall Ships Information Pack