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Tall Ships Race series 2009

These voyages are now over. To take part in future voyages, see the 2017 voyage programme or 2018 voyage programme.

NEWS: John Laing had a fantastic result of 9th in class for race 1. Race 2 had light winds which don't suit us so well - 25th in class.

See here for positions on the water. You can select a vessel or a class to look at (we are in class C).

See here for positions on handicap. I suggest you choose "Sort order - position by class" and then look at class C. Don't get too depressed about this one: the handicapping system takes into account things such as length overall, biggest headsail size and vessel age, but doesn't include vessel weight. So John Laing - being steel and weighing 55 tonnes - has a pretty hard time making a good showing on handicap agains vessel which may weigh 20 tonnes less, and even more so in lightish winds....

Both pages get updated twice a day - the radio schedules are normally at 0500 and 1700 but it takes them a while to do the calculations and put things on the web.

Tall Ships 2009:

Gdynia (Poland) - St Petersburg (Russia) - Turku (Finland) - Klaipeda (Lithuania).

Tall Ships 2009

The Tall Ships series brings together sail training vessels crewed by young people aged 15-25 from all over the world., ranging from the largest square-rigged vessels, through a wide range of traditional boats, to the Class C vessels, like John Laing, which are yachts with a more modern rig.

The host ports of a Tall Ships series traditionally lay on superb hospitality for visiting crews, with festivals, entertainments, a wide range of activities and a chance to see other vessels and visit the town itself.

These are some of the most adventurous voyages of John Laing's season, and taking part is always an unforgettable experience.

For official Tall Ships voyages or other voyages starting and finishing at Tall Ships festivals, John Laing is able to take up to four fifteen-year olds on these voyages; all other crew members must be aged 16-25. Anyone over 25 who would like to see the Tall Ships should see here for a special over-25s adventure voyage.

We take both male and female crew, and no previous sailing experience is required - all we ask is that you bring enthusiasm, a willingness to join in, learn new skills and work together with the rest of the crew.

Voyage details

As well as the two races and the official Tall Ships cruise in company, John Laing is offering FOUR special adventure voyages either side of the Tall Ships events.

Kiel Adventure 1:21-28 June, Ipswich to Kiel (Germany), 7 nights, age range 12-25. £450 plus travel. ONE PLACE LEFT.
Baltic Adventure 1: 28 June to 4 July, Kiel (Germany) to Gdynia (Poland), 6 nights, age range 18+ (adult voyage, no upper age limit). £490 plus travel. BERTHS AVAILABLE.
Race 1: 4 - 13 July, Gdynia (Poland) to St Petersburg (Russia), 9 nights, age range 15-25. £650 plus travel. PROVISIONALLY FULLY-BOOKED.
Cruise in company: 13 - 25 July, St Petersburg (Russia) to Turku (Finland), 12 nights, age range 15-25. £720 plus travel. BERTHS AVAILABLE.
Race 2: 25 July - 2 August, Turku (Finland) to Klaipeda (Lithuania), 8 nights, age range 15-25. £575 plus travel. BERTHS AVAILABLE.
Baltic Adventure 2: 2-9 August, Klaipeda (Lithuania) to Kiel (Germany), 7 nights, age range 15-25. £490 plus travel. PROVISIONALLY FULLY-BOOKED.
Kiel Adventure 2: 9-16 August, Kiel (Germany) to Ipswich, 7 nights, age range 12-25. £490 plus travel. ALL BERTHS RESERVED.

If you haven't sailed before, or are anxious about going away with a bunch of strangers, don't worry! We have a special group set up on Facebook for the each of the races and the cruise in company, only open to people who are sailing on each particular voyage. This allows you to see who else is coming, make contact online, arrange to travel together, and get to know each other before you sail.


Kiel Adventure 1:21-28 June, Ipswich to Kiel (Germany), 7 nights, age range 12-25. £450 plus travel. Only one place left.

Dutch canals

This is a voyage which could go along the Dutch coast, through the Frisian Islands, or possibly inland to Amsterdam - it all depends on the crew and the weather - before travelling through the Kiel Canal and into the beautiful Baltic. This could be the ideal voyage for fans of Erskine Childers' fantastic novel The Riddle of the Sands.

Texel

Please contact the office to make a provisional reservation, or to ask any questions.

Kiel Canal

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Baltic Adventure 1: 28 June to 4 July, Kiel (Germany) to Gdynia (Poland), 6 nights, age range 18+ (adult voyage, no upper age limit). £490 plus travel. More details here.

Kiel

From Kiel, this voyage will cruise through the Baltic, stopping near beautiful beaches, little fishing ports or remote islands, reaching the Polish port of Gdynia in time for the crew to enjoy the first of the magnificent Tall Ships race festivals. More information about the Gdynia festival here.

Gdynia

Last time the fleet visited Poland (Szczecin, August 2007), they laid on a truly magnificent spectacle, with memorable hospitality.

Tall Ships festival, Poland Tall Ships festival, Poland

Please contact the office to make a provisional reservation, or to ask any questions.

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Race 1: 4 - 13 July, Gdynia (Poland) to St Petersburg (Russia), 9 nights, age range 15-25. £650 plus travel. Provisionally fully-booked.

Please note that Russian visas are compulsory for all those taking part in this voyage.

Gdynia

The Gdynia Tall Ships festival will be an amazing experience for John Laing's crew members, joining hundreds of other young people from all over the world for a fantastic programme of events and activities. More information about the Gdynia festival here.

On leaving Gdynia, all the vessels take part in a parade of sail. On board John Laing, new crew members will be learning the basic skills needed for the voyage: everyone on board will become an important member of the team during the race.

Once the vessels cross the start line, the fleet heads north, past the coasts of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, before turning east into the Gulf of Finland. The vessels will spread out over a wide area, as everyone searches for the best weather and sailing conditions. Twice-daily radio schedules tell us where we are in relation not just to the rest of the fleet, but perhaps more importantly, in relation to other Class C vessels, against whom we are directly competing.

The race ends in time to enjoy another spectacular festival in the dazzling city of St Petersburg - a not-to-be-missed highlight of the 2009 sailing calendar. More information about the St Petersburg festival here.

St Petersburg St Petersburg

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Cruise in company: 13 - 25 July, St Petersburg (Russia) to Turku (Finland), 12 nights, age range 15-25. £720 plus travel. Up to three places left.

Please note that Russian visas are compulsory for all those taking part in this voyage.

St Petersburg

The crew for this voyage will arrive in time to enjoy the festival in St Petersburg (more information about the St Petersburg festival here ) before setting off for a cruise along the Gulf of Finland, with a choice of visiting the southern (Estonian) side or the northern (Finnish) side. When John Laing visited Finland in 2007, we found some of the most spectacular scenery and the warmest hospitality ever encountered.

Finland

Turning north out of the Gulf of Finland towards Turku will take us through the Finnish islands, a truly spectacular cruising area. Although we will be sailing with other Tall Ships race competitors, this leg is not a race and there will be opportunities to choose our own route, stop occasionally, go ashore and explore the area.

Turku Turku

The voyage will finish with another festival in Turku. More information about the Turku festival here. More details about the cruise here.

Please contact the office to make a provisional reservation, or to ask any questions.

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Race 2: 25 July - 2 August, Turku (Finland) to Klaipeda (Lithuania), 8 nights, age range 15-25. £575 plus travel. Up to two places left.

This race will start with a chance for the crew to enjoy the Turku festival in Finland, visit the other vessels and take part in activities with other crew members. More information about the Turku festival here.

Turku

There will be a spectacular parade of sail on leaving Turku, after which the fleet will race south. Again, no sailing experience is necessary for John Laing's crew, as full training will be given on board - but keen and competent sailors are always very welcome!

Klaipeda Klaipeda

The race ends in the Lithuanian city of Klaipeda, an historic Baltic trading post with a fascinating culture and history, surrounded by beautiful Baltic beaches. More information about the Klaipeda festival here.

Baltic beaches Baltic beaches

Please contact the office to make a provisional reservation, or to ask any questions.

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Baltic Adventure 2: 2-9 August, Klaipeda ILithuania) to Kiel (Germany), 7 nights, age range 15-25. £490 plus travel. Waiting confirmation for last four provisional bookings.

Klaipeda

The crew for our post-Tall Ships Baltic advanture voyage will join in time to share in the Klaipeda Tall Ships festival. More information about the Klaipeda festival here. Once the parties and visits to other vessels have ended, there is time to cruise west by whatever route suits the weather and the crew!

Baltic

This part of the Baltic is known for beautiful beaches - the coastline of Poland here is often called the Polish Riviera - and there may be scope to visit ports in Germany or the Danish islands.

Baltic Baltic

Baltic

The voyage will end in Kiel, at the mouth of the Kiel Canal.

Kiel

Kiel

Please contact the office to make a provisional reservation, or to ask any questions.

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Kiel Adventure 2: 9-16 August, Kiel (Germany) to Ipswich, 7 nights, age range 12-25. £490 plus travel. All places now reserved.

This voyage will start with a gentle passage through the great Kiel Canal - normally a tw0-day trip, with an overnight stop in Rendsburg. A chance to relax as the scenery rolls slowly by!

Kiel

Kiel

After the Kiel Canal, the crew will probably be ready for some real sailing. Again, everything depends on the weather and on what the crew wants to do. Possible ports of call include Heliogoland (a very popular destination the last time John Laing passed this way), the German and Dutch Frisian islands, or the Dutch mainland and the inland waterways

.Heligoland Heligoland

Frisian islands Frisian islands

Frisian islands Frisian islands

The voyage will end in Ipswich - back in the UK after two months away!

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Other types of voyages:

ASTO Small Ships races

UK-based voyages
Duke of Edinburgh's Award Residential Projects

Want to sail but can't afford it? - Help with funding

2017 voyage programme
2018 voyage programme

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“Thanks for another wicked voyage!” Ben, aged 18

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