The Ships

What do the ship classes mean?

  • Class A: All ships more than 40 metres in Length Overall (LOA), regardless of rig
  • Class B: Traditionally rigged vessels (i.e. gaff-rigged sloops, ketches, yawls and schooners) with an LOA of less than 40 metres
  • Class C: Modern rigged vessels (i.e. Bermudan rigged sloops, ketches, yawls and schooners) with an LOA of less than 40 metres not carrying spinnaker-like sails.
  • Class D: Modern rigged vessels with an LOA of less than 40 metres carrying spinnaker-like sails.

The list of participants includes ships from a total of 21 countries, including the United Kingdom, Belgium, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Estonia, Russia and Poland. The largest ship to sign up for the event in Turku is the 122.3-metre long Russian Sedov, whose home port is in Murmansk. The oldest ship participating in the event is the 15-metre long British gaff cutter Leila, built in 1892. A total of 96 ships have signed up.

See the list of ships on the left to learn more about the participating ships.

The ships participating in the Tall Ships Races are divided into four classes (A–D) according to their size and rigging. Among other types of ships, we are expecting the following types for the event in Turku. Can you spot all types on the bank of the river?


Admission to the vessels

Most of the largest and medium-sized vessels are open to the public and can be visited free of charge. The daily opening hours of each vessel are decided by the vessel’s captain. These are indicated separately on the signs beside the entrance to each vessel.