Sunderland has been awarded host port status for the "Tall Ships Races" in 2018, and has been selected to be the start port for the race series.


Leader of Sunderland City Council, Councillor Paul Watson said: “This is fantastic news that Sunderland has been chosen as a host port for The Tall Ships races in 2018. This success reflects the enthusiastic response from partners, organisations and individuals across the whole region who supported our bid. It shows once again our strengths for holding and hosting events such as The Sunderland International Airshow, stadium concerts and the Sunderland Illuminations.


“This is a great event everyone to experience and enjoy our river. There are going to be many opportunities for young people in terms of volunteering, developing new skills and making new friends during the event.


“I hope everyone takes advantage of the opportunities this is bringing and joins us to make it a truly memorable experience for the crews as we welcome them to the ‘home of shipbuilding’.”



Nail your colours to the mast! Give us your support

As the 'Hero of Camperdown', Sunderland's own Jack Crawford did so many years ago, nail your colours to the mast and support the Tall Ships in Sunderland in 2018

Click the Link to Sunderland's Martitime Heritage Site to learn more about Jack Crawford


Why Sunderland for the Tall Ships Race in 2018?

Sixty years ago, Sunderland was the largest shipbuilding town on the planet producing 25% of the UK shipping tonnage. It's time to bring some ships back onto the River Wear.
Imagine the masts and sails of many ships berthed along the a River Wear - just like it used to be!
Sunderland is a city reborn and this is a fantastic opportunity to bring the river back into use and to create a legacy that will bridge the past with the future, celebrating our maritime heritage.

Where would the ships go?

The ships will be easily accessible from the city centre and the seafront with close and accessible transport links. Our vision is a renaissance of the river at the heart of the city! This would create economic, social and cultural opportunities for all. 

Chosen Ports for the 2018 Tall Ships

Partners - the Tall Ships Sunderland 2018

As well as Sunderland City Council and the Port of Sunderland, other key partners include Sunderland Live and the Sunderland Music, Arts and Culture Trust. Major partners also include Sunderland AFC, the University of Sunderland and the National Glass Centre - all located in the perfect place - next to the River Wear.

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