Organisers delight as 50 ships sign up for The Tall Ships Races 2011 - Lerwick

Over 2,000 crew from 12 countries represented at summer event!

With under 190 days to go until the event, organisers of The Tall Ships Races 2011 - Lerwick have announced that fifty ships have already signed up to take part in the four day event.  Taking place in Shetland from 21st – 24th July 2011, The Tall Ships Races 2011 are Presented by Szcezcin and organised by Sail Training International.

One of these vessels, Cisne Branco, a Naval Tall Ship, will be sailing all the way from Brazil with a crew of 83, travelling the farthest distance to Shetland of approximately 6,000 nautical miles.  She will be competing in The Tall Ships Races against one of the world’s largest Tall Ships, STS Mir from Russia.  With an impressive length of 95 metres hull and nearly 110 metres including the bowsprit, Mir will be manned by 199 crew.  In last year’s competition this 3-masted ship averaged 11.4 knots in the races, the quickest average time since records of The Tall Ships Races began.

A large number of Tall Ships will also be returning to Shetland following from the success of when The Tall Ships Races took place in the Islands in 1999.  Making this return journey will be Norway’s Christian Radich – a very attractive 3-masted full rigged ship, which was the overall winner of The Tall Ships Races in 2010. Also returning will be the barque Europa from the Netherlands.  This beautiful ship was originally built in 1911 as an Elbe light ship and was converted to a Tall Ship in 1994.  She has an overall length of 56m.

Fiona Dally, project manager of The Tall Ships Races 2011 – Lerwick, said: “To have 50 ships with over 2,000 crew already signed up is a fantastic achievement.  When The Tall Ships Races last visited Shetland’s shores, we had 53 ships with 2,500 crew, so we are in a great position going into the New Year.

“We are receiving more intentions from ships looking to take part so I am confident that we will reach our target of over 60 ships by the time July comes around.”

Click here to see which Tall Ships have entered to date.