2018 Races

Rona II, will visit four ports, and undertake two challenging races across the North Sea, making the 2018 Tall Ships Races one of the highlights of the Rona Sailing Project’s 2018 Programme.

Rona II will depart Universal on June 28th and be delivered to Harwich by July 4th. A second delivery crew will then sail her to Sunderland on the East Coast of the UK.

After enjoying some festivities in port, Rona II’s Race 1 crew, who are selected from the 2017 Amory Award Holders, will enjoy an invigorating voyage across the North Sea, from Sunderland to Esbjerg in Denmark. Esbjerg will then play host to the international fleet fromWednesday 18 July to Saturday 21 July. The fleet will then will then undertake a breath-taking cruise-in-company between Denmark and Norway, before racing down to The Netherlands.

More details on Rona II’s programme for the Races can be found in the 2018 Calendar.


The host ports

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Sunderland is a city with an international outlook in the north of England. It enjoys both a spectacular coastline and a river that runs right through the city centre.


Esbjerg supports the fundamental values of Sail Training. Its main goal is for everyone – of all ages and experience levels – to experience the event up close.

2018 Route map


Stavanger is located on the south-western coast of Norway. It’s known as the “energetic city” – its natural coastal location and open and progressive attitude have made it the energy capital of both Norway and Europe.


Harlingen is one of the oldest seaports in The Netherlands, and it is the gateway to northern Holland from the North Sea.