The stars of the show - the ships!

How many ships will there be?

In total 55 Tall Ships have registered to come to Sunderland and many of these are Class A and Class B, that means they are some of the larger ships from the global Tall Ships fleet. They promise to provide event visitors with a fantastic spectacle that will remain in their memories for many years to come.

Where can I find out about all of the ships?

You can access information about all of the ships online at and more detailed information can be found in the official souvenir event guide available to purchase across all Event Zones for £5. The guide will also be available to purchase one week prior to the event in The Bridges Shopping Centre, Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, National Glass Centre and online at

When will they sail in?

The fleet must be assembled in the Port of Sunderland by midday on Wednesday 11 July 2018. Owing to the unpredictable nature of sailing conditions and the vast distances that some of the ships will be traveling to get to Sunderland, some are likely to arrive up to two days early.

Where have the ships come from?

Vessels are welcome from across the globe and the North Sea route for the 2018 race series is attractive to European vessels with Poland, Germany, France, The Netherlands and Norway being well represented at Sunderland along with Russia, India and Spain among others.

How tall are the ships?

The ships all vary in size, however the tallest Tall Ship that will visit Sunderland is the Mir standing at 50.9 metres high, this ship will be located in Event Zone A at Corporation Quay.

Can I go on the ships?

Yes, the ships will be open to provide free access to the public during event opening hours, however they will need to close in order to conduct crew change overs, pre-race administration and some vessels will be hosting hospitality events in the afternoons and evenings – some of these events will be ticketed and will be available for public sale at We will do our best to post updates on social media about ship opening times and any vessels that have short queues.

Is there disabled access on ships?

Accessing Tall Ships inevitably involves negotiating steep slopes and many steps, however the Tall Ship STS Lord Nelson will be present at the event and has been purpose built to give people with disabilities the opportunity to experience sail training, and will welcome disabled visitors aboard to enjoy a full tour of the deck and the quarters below deck.

How do I book a day sail or a deck event on the ships?

You can make the most of your visit to see the Tall Ships and get on-board to experience an unforgettable deck party or set sail on one of the magnificent ships to enjoy a unique 2 hour day sail out to sea, you can also enjoy a VIP cruise and be part of the Parade of Sail – an exclusive opportunity to be part of one of the highlights of the event. You can find out more about the opportunities to get on-board and enjoy a day sail or deck event at

When will the Tall Ships sail out of Sunderland?

At around 2.30pm on Saturday 14th July 2018, the ships will start moving out from the River Wear and the Port of Sunderland to congregate at sea for the spectacular Parade of Sail. The prime viewing location for this will be Roker and Seaburn at Event Zone D. The ships will be sailing north, up to and in line with Souter Point, to unfurl their sails before turning back south-east to the start line which will be roughly due east from the Roker Pier and Lighthouse

Where are the best views of the ships?

You will have fantastic views of the ships from many places including Zones A, C and D as well as from the Wearmouth Bridge and National Glass Centre, Don’t forget Zone D on Saturday for the Parade of Sail!

The Observation wheel located at the show field next to the main Port entrance will have the most amazing views of all the ships and city. Please note a charge will apply.

Are there any Sunderland residents sailing on the Tall Ships from Sunderland to Esbjerg?

Yes, over 120 Sunderland residents will set sail on a Tall Ship adventure to Esbjerg, they will then take part in the festivities in Esbjerg including the Crew Parade and enjoying what is sure to be a warm welcome from the Danish people. All Sail Trainees are listed in the Souvenir Event Guide, read more about them at

How can I find out how the races are progressing when the Tall Ships leave Sunderland?

When the Race commences you can have fun tracking your favourite ships and following the progress of the Tall Ships at

How do I find out more about The Tall Ships Races?

You can find out lots of useful information about The Tall Ships Races and Sail Training as an activity at and