Tall ships from all around the world are heading for the River Seine once more for L'Armada 2019. At the heart of France, this mighty river hosts a spectacular gathering of tall ships, sailing boats and Naval ships every 5 years. 2019 is the 30th anniversary of L'Armada and the 75th birthday of the D Day landings, so it will be an extra special tall ship festival.
Never has there been a greater need for a global sailing event to bring European, Russian and all the nautical nations of the world together to promote international friendship and understanding. Rouen is perfect for a waterfront party and the French do Firework displays with panache.
The waterfront is long and the organisers are forecasting 10 million visitors so these voyages are not for the shy types. Arriving at the festival on your tall ship you will be centre of attention and there will be some great photographs to take. For those joining in Rouen, the Parade of Sail out of the city will be your moment of glory (at least until the next port- where you can pose all over again).
Liberty Tall Ships Race 2019
In partnership with L'Armada organisers, Sail Training International are running a tall ships race in the English Channel around a series of waypoints. After crossing the finishing line the fleet will cruise in company through the busy Dover Strait and onto to Scheveningen. Coinciding with the 75th Anniversary of D-Day and the liberation of occupied territory in Northwestern Europe, the Liberty Tall Ships Regatta 2019 will echo the theme of international friendship and understanding that is central to each and every Sail Training International Tall Ships event.
Sail on Square Riggers Europa or Tenacious
Both Tenacious and Europa are barques with full set of square sails on the fore mast and main mast and long bowsprits so they fufill most peoples idea of a proper tall ship. Whether you are on the deck looking up or bravely looking down between your feet on a foot rope - your ship will feel huge. That is until you sail past a Russian four master or a giant tall ship from South America. You don't have to go aloft, but in the flat water of a river and a big audience, it is hard to resist.
Europa is sailing to the regatta from the Azores so you will be a seasoned ocean sailor with a decent suntan before you arrive in France. Tenacious has a more accessible voyage from Poole in Dorset, but you still have to cross the Channel.