17 december 2021

Tall Ships Races International, a subsidiary of Sail Training International, is delighted to announce Arendal as a Host Port of The Tall Ships Races 2023. The Norwegian municipality joins Den Helder, Hartlepool, Fredrikstad and Lerwick in welcoming The Tall Ships Races as the final Host Port, from 3-6 August.

The Tall Ships Races 2023 will be the first time the spectacular event has visited Arendal and the town on the Southcoast of Norway is eager to welcome the international fleet of Tall Ships. Situated in the Raet national park, one of only four marine national parks in Norway, it has a enjoyed a special connection with the sea throughout its history.

Arendal will welcome the Tall Ships fleet during a year of celebrations as it marks its 300th anniversary, making the town, with its idyllic archipelago, stunning old town and rich cultural history, the perfect backdrop to the close of the 2023 series.

Chief Operating Officer, Alan James, welcomed the news of Arendal joining the event.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Arendal as a Host Port of The Tall Ships Races 2023 and excited for the magnificent spectacle of the Tall Ships fleet to join such a milestone anniversary. With such an extensive and storied maritime history, we have no doubt that Arendal will extend a warm welcome to ships and trainees alike.

“We are delighted to welcome Arendal to the Sail Training international family and very much hope that this will be the first of many events we will work on together.

Chief Operating Officer, Alan James


The Tall Ships Races 2023 will take place from 29 June-6 August and will offer a range of sailing experiences for trainees and crews. The Race Committee will use waypoint options to provide shorter and longer races for the fleet that will require a mixture of tactical skill and exhilarating speed to conquer.

In each Host Port, this fantastic race series will offer a wide range of festivities, attractions and crew activities during Europe’s largest, free, family festival. All of which is sure to make this edition of The Tall Ships Races a truly unforgettable experience.

We are delighted that Arendal will embrace the International Tall Ships fleet, with their rich maritime legacy, and look forward to extending our message of international friendship and understanding to new audiences in 2023.