The Tall Ships Races 2012 in Lisbon
The Tall Ship’s Races 2012 is in Lisbon, between July 19th to 22nd, to the beginning of the second leg of this race of tall ships, whose journey began in France (Saint-Malo) in early July and ends in Dublin at the end of August. This event, organized annually by Sail Training International, aims to keep alive the traditions of the great sailing ships, attending that the art of navigation was being forgotten since the advent of the steam engine. Portugal is present in this race with six boats: the emblematic Sagres, Creoula, Caravela Vera Cruz and Santa Maria Manuela and also the Veloce, owned by Antonio Pereira and Vela Náutica II, property of the skipper José Ignatius.
This edition has a total of 60 tall ships from 49 different countries and 5,000 young crew members. This is also a way to promote the sail training to young people around the world, bearing in mind that registration is open to all interested parties. During these four days, the riverside area of Lisbon (since the praça do Comércio to Santa Apolónia) will be celebrating. Around one million visitors are expected, who may visit the docked sailboats, the crew members and the sponsoring brands’ stands. On Friday, 20th at 5 pm, the various crews will parade through rua Augusta. On Sunday 22th, at 2pm, a nautical parade will runs throught the Tagus River (between Alcântara and Belém).