Tall Ships Festivals

Rendez-vous Tall Ships Regatta 2017: 13 to 16 April 2017

Over the Easter weekend in April 2017, Greenwich will host the start of the Sail Training International Rendez-vous Tall Ships Regatta 2017.

Tall Ship passing through the Thames Barrier

The regatta marks the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation, and it will see a fleet of around 40 large Class A and B Tall Ships set sail from Greenwich to Quebec, Canada, via Portugal, Bermuda and Boston.

Festival sites in Greenwich and Woolwich

Following the success of the Tall Ships Regatta 2014, which attracted 1.1million visitors, the Royal Borough of Greenwich is proud to welcome back a fleet of Tall Ships to the River Thames.

The ships will be anchored at two sites in the borough, which will be the locations of our Tall Ships Festival villages - the Maritime Greenwich UNESCO World Heritage Site in Greenwich town centre, and the Royal Arsenal Riverside in Woolwich.

The festival will run from Thursday 13 to Sunday 16 April, with a huge Parade of Sail taking place at around 5pm on the Sunday. The Parade of Sail will see around 40 huge Tall Ships and a number of smaller Class C and D ships sail down the Thames in convoy.

The Tall Ships will leave Greenwich after the Parade of Sail on 16 April 2017, crossing the Atlantic and arriving in Quebec on 18 July 2017.

Check our Facebook page for updates on the Tall Ships Regatta

View our photo gallery of the Tall Ships Festivals 2015

Be a sail trainee

You can get a taste of crewing a tall ship by joining the Tall Ships Sail Trainee programme on a 15-night sail to Sines, Portugal. Find out about the programme and how to apply:

Tall Ships Sail Trainee programme

Sponsor the Tall Ships Festival

There are a range of sponsorship opportunities available to suit businesses or organisations of any size. Get in touch with us at to find out how your organisation can get involved.

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