The Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta is truly the adventure of a lifetime. Sailing in the wake of the great explorers, you could be travelling 7,000 nautical miles across the Atlantic, visiting seven different countries, and taking part in five races. Or at least some of it.
The event celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation through its founders and founding provinces, which is a unique chance to commemorate the rich history of sailing in Canada and around the world.
Up to 40 vessels will be crossing the North Atlantic Ocean and you could be on one of them – we anticipate that around 3,000 trainees will take part.
Depending on how much time you have, you can chose to:
Sail in the whole Transatlantic event from the UK, to Portugal, Bermuda, USA, Canada, and France.
Take part in individual race legs between countries.
Take part in a leg of one of the four Guest Port Programmes (keep reading to find out more).
Royal Greenwich, UK Thursday 13 to Sunday 16 April
Race 1 – Torbay, UK, Start Line (Race Start Partner) Wednesday 19 April
Sines, Portugal Saturday 29 April to Monday 1 May
(48 hour stop-over in Las Palmas, Canary Islands) Monday 1 May
Bermuda Thursday 1 June to Monday 5 June
Race 3 Tuesday 6 June
Boston, USA Saturday 17 to Thursday 22 June
Race 4 Thursday 22 June
Southern Gulf Friday 30 June to Monday 3 July
Northern Gulf Friday 7 July to Sunday 9 July
St Lawrence River Ports Friday 14 July to Sunday 16 July
Great Lakes Flotilla Friday 30 June to Monday 17 July
Quebec City, Canada Tuesday 18 July to Sunday 23 July
Outport Programme Saturday 29 July to Sunday 20 August
Halifax, Canada Saturday 29 July to Tuesday 1 August
Race 5 Tuesday 1 August
Le Havre, France Thursday 31 August to Sunday 3 September
THE GUEST PORTS PROGRAMMES
The Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta Guest Ports Programme is an opportunity to sample the hospitality of over 31 different and beautiful Canadian guest ports in the region.
Far away from the high energy of racing and four-day host city festivities, it’s a chance for vessels to enjoy a pre-planned 48-hour stop-over, or longer, in order to sample the diversity of maritime heritage and different cultures that each Canadian guest port has to offer.
Crews will have the chance to explore the beautiful maritime provinces of Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick, as well as the provinces of Quebec and Ontario. Plus, take advantage of a programme of events and crew facilities which will be provided in each port.
Friday 30 June-Sunday 2 July 2017: Charlottetown, Summerside, Pictou, Caraquet, Port Hawkesbury, Pugwash
Friday 7 July-Sunday 9 July 2017: Miramichi, Havre-Saint-Pierre, Sept Ȋles, Sainte-Anne-des-Monts, Carlteton-sur-Mer, Gaspé, Ȋles de la Madeliene
Friday 14 July-Sunday 16 July 2017: Baie-Comeau, Rimouski, Saguenay, Tadoussac
Friday 30 June-Sunday 2 July 2017: Hamilton
Friday 7 July-Sunday 9 July 2017: Bath
Friday 14 July-Sunday 16 July 2017: Bécancour, Sorel-Tracy, Trois-Rivières
Saturday 29 July-Monday 31 July 2017: Norris Point, Corner Brook
Friday 4 August-Sunday 6 August 2017: Sydney, Saint Peters, Louisbourg
Thursday 10 August-Saturday 12 August 2017: Lunenburg
Monday 14 August-Tuesday 15 August 2017: Shelburne
Tuesday 15 August-Wednesday 16 August 2017: Digby
Wednesday 16 August 2017: Annapolis Royal (sail past)
Friday 18 August-Sunday 20 August 2017: Saint-John
For information on the vessels taking part in the Guest Ports Programme, visit each Guest Port page. Participating vessels will be announced soon.