The Sail Training International

We are a registered charity (not-for-profit organisation) and have worldwide membership and activities. Our purpose is the development and education of young people through the sail training experience regardless of nationality, culture, religion, gender or social background.
We achieve our purpose through a range of activities and services, including: conferences and seminars, races and other events for sail training Tall Ships, publications and DVD presentations, international research and the Class A Tall Ships Forum (whose members are the operators of the world’s largest square-rigged sail training vessels). Our Members are the National Sail Training Organisations of: Australia, Belgium, Bermuda, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom and United States of America
What is Sail Training ?
Sail training requires participants to confront many demanding challenges, both physical and emotional. It is an activity that inspires self-confidence and the acceptance of personal responsibility.  It promotes an acceptance of others whatever their social or cultural backgrounds, and develops a willingness to take controlled risks. For most who undertake sail training on Tall Ships it is a positive life-changing experience.

Most sail training vessels are owned and operated by charities or foundations, schools or universities, governments or other institutions. They generally seek to reflect the breadth of social backgrounds in society at large in the crews they attract. Many have funding programmes to subsidise the participation of those who could otherwise not afford it. Some also run special programmes for those with physical, mental or social difficulties.

Sail training takes place all over the world and in many different types of vessels. Voyages on small vessels benefit from the intimacy of working on board within a small team. Different challenges confront those who undertake sail training on the huge and glamorous square-rigged ships, with much demanding work aloft as well as on deck. Sail training is an adventure activity for the young and old everywhere, with a record of considerable success in developing men and women of character and ability for the challenges of life.

Sail training is an adventure activity for people of all ages and abilities. It includes instruction in all aspects of sailing but its purpose goes far, far beyond this. Sail training uses the experience of being at sea principally as a means to help people learn about themselves, discover hidden strengths and talents, and understand the value of working as a team. In some programmes today it forms the setting for much wider aspects of education at sea.

Regatta and other events for sail training ships take place all over the world and most of them are organized or supported by The Sail Training International and national member organizations (in Poland it is The Sail Training Association Poland – STAP)

We organize sailing ships regatta - The Tall Ships’ Races (with support from the harbour and city of Szczecin), an annual event for youths on the seas of Europe, but also other events in Europe and all over the world, like Tall Ships Atlantic Challenge.
Also our national organizations regularly organize regatta and cruises for sail training, such as ‘Tall Ships’ and ‘Small Ships’ in North America, Europe and other parts of the world.

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