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Tall Ships Races 2017

2017 Tall Ship Races

Celebrating Canada 150th Anniversary.

The Rendez-Vous Regatta Summer 2017 

  1. Blue Clipper
  2. Lord Nelson Canada Schedule
  3. Europa Canada Schedule
  4. Oosterschelde Canada Schedule
  5. ALL Canadian Voyages


The Big Race Across the Atlantic to Celebrate 150 years of the Canadian Confederation

Classic Sailing have three tall ships planning to take part in some or all of this epic ocean event linking two Continents.

Rendevous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta in Quebec

The race marks the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation through its founders and founding provinces. It’s an important event for a region where 80% of Canadians have agreed it's important to celebrate 2017.

Tall ships and the City of Quebec, are working in association with Le Rendez-Vous Naval de Quebec, to take a Tall Ships fleet across the North Atlantic Ocean, with visits to selected host ports in six countries.

The Regatta will start from Royal Greenwich in April 2017 before crossing the North Atlantic to the USA, various ports in Canada and the Gulf of St Lawrence, Quebec City (18 – 23 July 2017), and finally return to Europe early September 2017.


The Rendez-Vous Regatta Summer 2017 

Tall Ships Race dates

The start of The Rendez-Vous Regatta Summer 2017 

  • Royal Greenwich, London UK                            
  • Greenwich and Woolwich
  • Ships in Port over the Easter Weekend
  • Thursday 13 to Sunday 16 April
  • Parade of Sail Sunday 16 April
  • Sail to Torbay, Devon, UK

Tall Ships Race 1 UK to Potugal

  • Starts Wednesday 19 April
  • Torbay to Sines in Portugal to arrive by Saturday 29 April
  • Ships in Port Saturday 29 April to Monday 1 May

Tall Ships Race 2  Atlantic Crossing                                

  • Starts Monday 1 May to arrive in Bermuda by Thursday 1 June
  • Ships in Port Thursday 1 June to Tuesday 6 June

Tall Ships Race 3 Bermuda to Boston, USA

  • Starts Tuesday 6 June to arrive in Boston by Saturday 17 June
  • Ships in Port Saturday 17 to Thursday 22 June

Tall Ships Race 4    Boston to Quebec and bits inbetween

Ports and dates to be confirmed.

  • Southern Gulf of St Lawrence Guest Ports
  • Starts Thursday 22 to arrive in Southern Gulf of St Lawrence, 
  • Ports to be announced
  • Ships in port Friday 30 June to Monday 3 July


  • Northern Gulf of St Lawrence Guest Ports
  • Ports and dates to be announced
  • Friday 7 July to Sunday 9 July


  • St Lawrence River Ports
  • Ports and dates to be announced
  • Friday 14 July to Sunday 16 July


  • Great Lakes Flotilla
  • Ports to and dates be announced
  • Friday 30 June to Monday 17 July


Rendez-Vous Regatta  Quebec City, Canada  

  • Ships in Port Tuesday 18 July to Sunday 23 July

Outport Programme 

  • Ports to and dates be announced
  • Friday 28 July to Sunday 20 August

Halifax, Canada

  • To arrive by Friday 28 July
  • Ships in port Friday 28 July to Monday 31 July

Tall Ships Race 5 Atlantic Crossing

  • Starts Monday 31 July to arrive in Le Havre, France     by Thursday 31 August
  • Le Harvre 
  • Ships in port Thursday 31 August to Sunday 3 September

Classic Sailing Ships you can sail on.

Blue Clipper

Portugal to Quebec and back to Le Havre in 6 Tall Ships Races.

Blue Clipper is the luxury end of an active ‘hands on’ sailing experience. Relatively new for a tall ship being built in 1991 with full en-suite twin cabins below deck.

Climb the mast, take the helm, and learn to navigate using only the sun and the stars. On board Blue Clipper, you get to try your hand at evert aspect of sailing this beautiful tall ship.

Blue Clipper Tall Ships Races Schedule


Bark Europa Racing from Bermuda To Boston, Quebec and Halifax. Klass A

Europa Tall Ships Race Voyages

Bark Europa has already raced at a Great Lakes Tall Ships Race and American and Canadian supporters are keen for her to visit them again. She is sailing from Cape Town to Ascension Island in April - May 2017 and then onto the Tall Ships Regatta in Bermuda. Bark Europa will then take part in Race 2 from Bermuda to Boston and to Quebec, Race 3 and down to Halifax Race 4. After the Race to Halifax she will have a maintenance period before heading South for her next Antarctica Season.


Oosterschelde - Class A

Oosterschedle will join the 2017 Tall Ships race in Bermuda having come via the Caribbean and the South Eastern states of America.

Always a competitive ship she will be keen as always to do well in all the 2017 Tall Ships Races. With a crew of only 24 you can be sure of some active sailing.

Oosterschedle Tall Ships 2017 Schedule


Lord Neslon - Class A

Two crossings of the Atlantic make Lord Nelson the choice for Ocean Sailing. 

She will be in Quebec for the Biggest Event of the Rendez-Vous Regatta Summer 2017 and going in Cruise in Company on the way to and from Quebec in the St Lawrence River and its big sister the Gulf of St Lawrence.

Lord Nelson Atalntic and Canadain Schedule


Other Vessels


Maybe Dutch Tall Ship in English hands. Class B

Maybe was built as a traditional Dutch Ketch but built as a private tall ship to sail around the world for her owner Jan Jacob Van Reitschoten in 1929.

Now she is British owned and has taken part in many Tall Ships Races. A tough ship but very competitive. There will be a total of 18 people on board, you could be one of the 12 voyage crew.


Jolie Brise French Pilot Cutter in English hands - Class B

Jolie Brise is a historic pilot cutter from Le Harve and has won Trans-Atlantic Tall Ships Races before. 

Rhona II - Class D

Pelican of London - Class A

More Tall Ships taking part are illustrated in the 'Tall Ship Guide'

What are the Tall Ships Race Classes?

Class A

All square – rigged vessels, such as, barque, barquentine, brig, brigantine or ship rigged, and all other vessel more than 40 metres Length Overall (LOA), regardless of rig.

Class B

Traditionally rigged vessels (ie gaff rigged sloops, ketches, yawls and schooners) with an LOA of less than 40 metres and with a waterline length (LWL) of at least 9.14 metres.

Class C

Modern rigged vessels (i.e Bermudan rigged sloops, ketches, yawls and schooners) with an LOA of less than 40 metres and with a waterline length (LWL) of at least 9.14 metres not carrying spinnaker-like sails.

Class D

Modern rigged vessels (i.e Bermudan rigged sloops, ketches, yawls and schooners) with an LOA of less than 40 metres and with a waterline length (LWL) of at least 9.14 metres carrying spinnaker-like sails.

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