The Tall Ships Races event was officially opened on 20 July in great mood. The area of Varvintori was filled with visitors attending the opening of the event and the Finnish Air Forces made as many as three overflights with Hawk training fighter jets. Numerous vessels arrived in the River Aura during the morning, and all vessels had berthed by the afternoon. The last to arrive in the afternoon were the outstanding Sedov (Russia, 122 metres) and Mircea (Romania, 93 metres). The Brazilian Cisne Branco that had suffered an engine failure arrived in Turku one day after the others.
The Tall Ships Races in Turku continued on Friday in a sunny weather. The summery weather attracted a great number of visitors to the event to admire the vessels and the maritime atmosphere. The decks of the vessels were filled with curious guests and lively conversations in multiple languages filled the banks of the River Aura. The crew members raced at the Paavo Nurmi Stadium and had a rowing contest on the River Aura. The crew parade walking along the riverbank was very popular and also the award ceremony that took place afterwards gathered a large number of spectators.
On Saturday, an event was organised for children and numerous concerts will be held in the evening, this time the focus is on jazz. The highlight of the day is expected to be the fireworks that will be taking place at Korppolaismäki, accompanied by music, from 11 p.m. onwards.