In July 2018 Sunderland was delighted to be the start host port for The Tall Ships Races 2018.

The majestic vessels congregated in the River Wear and Port of Sunderland as they prepared to embark on a spectacular race covering over three hundred nautical miles to Esbjerg in Denmark, a cruise in company to Norway, calling at the coastal city of Stavanger, then undertaking the final leg of the 2018 Races to the beautiful city of Harlingen in the Netherlands.

In total they covered more than one thousand nautical miles over three weeks, giving thousands of young people, including 146 Sunderland Sail Trainees, a thrilling sail training experience, developing new skills, sharing fantastic memories and making friendships that will last a lifetime.