We are delighted to confirm that Rona II will participate in Sail Training International The Tall Ships Races 2020. The races will take place between 2 July and 9 August. During these five weeks, Rona II and the rest of the Tall Ships fleet will visit Lisbon, Cádiz, A Coruña, and Dunkirk.
Returning to the Iberian Peninsula for the first time since 2016 is very exciting and we’re sure 2020 races and port activities will be just as fantastic as the last time
The event will be the perfect mixture of old friends and new horizons with Lisbon, Portugal, Cádiz, Spain, and A Coruña, Spain boasting of 22 Tall Ships Races and Regattas between them and Dunkirk in France, hosting for the first time
Race 1 will be from Lisbon, Portugal, to Cádiz, Spain, is 250 nautical miles around Cape St Vincent with the prevailing winds. Race 2 will be a 120 mile leg from Cádiz to a finish line off the 15th century historic nautical school of Sagres which should offer some interesting strategic racing along the Algarve coast.
There is a 400 mile cruise-in-company onto A Coruña, Spain, which will take in some of the most beautiful ports in Portugal and Spain where there will be a good opportunity for the crews to relax and meet up on an informal basis. Race 3 will be the longest leg, and potentially most challenging, and will be 660 miles from A Coruña to Dunkirk, France, across the Bay of Biscay.
The Rona Sailing Project crew on each leg will be made of invited Amory Award holders from the 2019 season. All of them will be aged between 16 and 25 and will be joined by 7 experienced Afterguard who will make sure they are safe and have a lot of fun, while rising to the challenge of the races. For details on the dates and legs of the race, please look at the schedule for Rona II on our Sailing Programme, here.