Between 5 and 8 August, Szczecin will once again be the sailing capital of Europe! Completing an exhausting race across the Baltic, the largest sailing vessels in the world will put into port at the capital of Western Pomerania to celebrate the grand final of The Tall Ships Races 2017 together with citizens and tourists.
Szczecin has already hosted this event twice – in 2007 and 2013. The sailing ship rally had proven an organisational success on both occasions, bringing much joy to citizens and tourists, and recognition in the eyes of other ports to Szczecin. For the third time, the race final will be held on the shores of the Oder in 2017. The breathtaking seaside Wały Chrobrego will again be filled with an unforgettable sailing atmosphere, and the city will gleam with the white of sailors' hats and striped crewman shirts. You can't find such flavour anywhere else!
Among ships that have already confirmed their presence in Szczecin you will find such beauties as the Brazilian Cisne Branco (the White Swan) of Rio de Janeiro, the Russian frigate Mir (Peace) built in 1987 in Gdańsk and our very own, splendid 108-metre long Dar Młodzieży (Gift of the Youth). The list of class A ships continues with the Dutch Eendracht (Unity), the Polish Fryderyk Chopin with her home port in Szczecin, the Czech La Grace (Graceful), the British Pelican of London and Royalist, the Polish Pogoria, the Portuguese Santa Maria Manuela and the famous Russian Kruzenstern
The music star of this year's sailing ship rally in Szczecin will be Andrea Bocelli. The artist will perform his greatest hits among rocking masts and fluttering sails. But that's not all! The race finale will be followed by the Pyromagic Fireworks Festival – the largest of its type Poland. On 11 and 12 August, the sky over the Oder will shine with a thousand fireworks, prepared by the finest pyrotechnical enterprises from around the world.
The Szczecin Final of The Tall Ships Races is under the honour patronage of the President of the Republic of Poland.
The Tall Ships Races are organised annually by the Sail Training International (STI) organisation. Their goal is not only to provide sports entertainment and create a meeting space for the sailing community, but also to promote the ideas of maritime education and teaching the young on board sea vessels from all around the globe. This year's event will begin in Halmstad, Sweden. The crew will start their grand adventure on 3 July. The first phase of the Races will end in the port of Kotka, Finland, where the sailors will be resting until 16 July. Then they will head to the Finnish port of Turku. The Lithuanian city of Klaipėda will be the last stop for the ships before Szczecin. The vessels will leave the port on their journey West on 1 August. The grand finale of The Tall Ships Races will take place in Szczecin, bringing a magical maritime atmosphere to the city and transforming the port into the sailing capital of Europe.