The Tall Ships Races are an initiative by Sail Training International (STI). This non-profit organisation gives young people the opportunity to learn to sail, regardless of their (social) background, nationality, culture, religion and gender. The focus of The Tall Ships Races is not on the competition, but on the educational, sporting and social aspect. In doing so, STI fosters mutual understanding, respect and friendships that break down national boundaries. This earned them a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.
Located in the heart of Europe, Antwerp is home to the continent’s second-largest port. Thanks to this unique location, the city never stands still and influences from all over the world pour into Antwerp’s life. In this metropolis, economic innovations and cultural developments go hand in hand. But above all, Antwerp is a city that lives. More than 173 different nationalities call Antwerp home and make the Scheldt city buzz every day. The people of Antwerp are therefore proud to continue their tradition as host port and welcome The Tall Ships Races to their city for the seventh time.
With an overall throughput of 289 million tons per year, Port of Antwerp-Bruges is a critical hub in worldwide trade and industry. It is the number one export port of Europe. Port of Antwerp-Bruges is home to 1,400 companies and accommodates the largest integrated chemical cluster in Europe. The port provides, directly and indirectly, a total of around 164,000 jobs. The ambition for Port of Antwerp-Bruges is clear – to become the world’s first port that reconciles economy, people and climate. Together with the port community, customers and other partners, Port of Antwerp-Bruges is actively seeking innovative solutions for a sustainable future.
Sail Training Association Belgium (STAB) is an umbrella organisation for sailing in Belgium. With the We-Sail project, the organisation is aiming to focus mainly on sail training for young people. They not only learn to hoist sails or work with a compass, but also learn to work together, communicate and think to solve problems. STAB is one of the co-founders of Sail Training International.