Great news – Turku will host The Tall Ships Races 2021 on 5-8 July
Tuesday, June 16, 2020 - 13:52 by turku
The Tall Ships fleet will return to the Baltic Sea in 2021. Turku has been chosen as one of five host ports in the 2021Tall Ships Races event. The grand sailing event will be back in Turku for the sixth time. Turku has succeeded excellently in organizing the event previously in 1996, 2003, 2009, 2011 and 2017. Every time the event has attracted around half a million visitors and been the largest annual event for the public in Finland.
Cruise in Company leg from Turku to Tallinn
The event will start on June 27 in Klaipeda, Lithuania, from where the ships will sail to Turku. From Turku the ships continue to Tallinn, Estonia, and onwards to Mariehamn, Finland. The final sailing destination is Szczecin, Poland, where the race finishes on August 3. The sailing between Turku and Tallinn is Cruise-in-Company, which is not a competitive leg. Originally, St. Petersburg was chosen to be a host port, but as the city withdrew from the event, Turku decided to apply. Although the preparation time will be short, Turku can rely on its expertise and experience in organizing the port and crew services, the programme outline and entertainment needed for a successful event. Hosting the Tall Ships Races for the sixth time will make Turku the most frequent host of the event in the Baltic Sea region.
Turku’s profile as a maritime city strengthened
The Tall Ships Races event is yet another milestone in strengthening Turku’s role as a maritime city. The ships will sail into Turku through a breathtakingly beautiful archipelago, and moor in a small area on both banks of the river Aura in the very heart of the city. This creates a very warm and lively atmosphere, when the ships are within walking distance from the city centre.
Turku - an experienced host of the Tall Ships Races event (c) Port of Turku
Turku is the oldest city and first capital of Finland, situated on the southwestern coast by a unique and splendid archipelago of over 40,000 islands and islets. The port is in a sheltered place at the mouth of the river Aura, which runs through the city. Right next to the port is the medieval Turku castle. Downtown is only 3 km away - a nice walk along the river. The riverbanks are a popular recreational area for both locals and guests - full of sights, shops, restaurants, pubs and happenings. Turku, the cultural city of Finland, offers a wide range of museums and events. Popular ones are the Sibelius museum (dedicated to the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius), Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova museum combining history, archaeology and contemporary art, the annual Medieval Market, the Night of Art and Turku music festival. Ruisrock, one of the oldest festivals in Finland, held annually on the beautiful nature island of Ruissalo close to the Port, attract visitors, too.