Almost 100 vessels and thousands of  young people took part in the Tall Ships Races 2019 in which Challenge Wales brought home no fewer than four trophies. In 2019 Challenge Wales took Line Honours in each of the Tall Ships Races as well as fastest boat overall plus second in Class C&D in Race 2. It was an amazing result and a great effort from all the young people onboard.

The 2020 Tall Ships Races were postponed due to the Coronavirus. However,  if you are thinking about the Tall Ships Races 2021 then please get in touch so when we have more details, you will be the first to know!

Remember, a variety of bursaries will be available to help you jump onboard for the Tall Ships Races 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!

The 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!  They are one of the largest free family events in Europe and provide an amazing cultural and educational experience for our trainees onboard – for many it will be their first time sailing, racing and being away from home!

Remember, no sailing experience is required and a Tall Ships or Small Ships adventure can be a great addition to a CV or provide the perfect summer break.

Tall Ships 2021: Falmouth (UK) - ACoruna (Spain) - Lisbon (Portugal) - Cadiz (Spain)

We are pleased to announce that Challenge Wales will be taking part in the Tall Ships Races Magellan – Elcano 500 Series 2021.  A new partner port of Falmouth has been announced as the starting point for the race.

More details and full information pack will follow shortly but to help with your planning, check out the voyage dates below:

  • Falmouth (race 1) – A Coruna: 18th – 28th August 2021
  • A Coruna – Lisbon (Cruise in Company): 28th August – 4th September 2021
  • Lisbon – Cadiz (race 2): 4th – 11th September 2021

As the Cruise in Company and Race 2 are shorter, there is also the option to combine them both into one leg and join for both legs.

What Our Trainees Said: “2019 was my first time on a Tall Ships Race, I had one of the most amazing and enjoyable times of my life. The atmosphere on board was very inclusive, happy and enthusiastic, especially to newbies at sailing, such as myself” Alexander (age 16)