People all across Shetland and beyond, look forward to the return of The Tall Ships Races at Lerwick Harbour, expected to visit between 26 to 29 July 2023.

With previous experience in hosting the Races in 1999 and 2011, there is great excitement building on bringing the series back to the North Sea again.

The Tall Ships Races is Europe’s largest free, family festival, held every summer in European waters, offering an exciting racecourse for a magnificent fleet of participating vessels, crewed by thousands of young people. This prestigious event showcases Sail Training International’s values of fostering international friendships and providing life changing experiences for young people.

There will be a range of opportunities for community participation and enjoyment leading up to and including the four days of activities in port.

We look forward to updating you with information on how you can get involved with the 2023 Tall Ships Races event at Lerwick in due course.

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View the previous The Tall Ships Lerwick 2011 event website.


Sail Training International
Lerwick Port Authority
Shetland Islands Council
Event Scotland
Sail Training Shetland
The SWAN Trust