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TALL SHIPS
ARRIVE IN TURKU

The biggest event of the summer

Over 60 impressive sailing vessels from a total of 17 different countries have registered for the event in Turku. There will be kilometers of sailing ships, some of which are over a hundred years old. In addition to participants from the European area, Aura River will be welcoming ships from as far as South America.

In addition to numerous sailing boats, the maritime summer event offers the audience an immersive program, including crew competitions, music performances, and a parade. From Friday to Saturday, a music festival called Slot Festival will also be held in Turku Castle Park. Festival tickets are available for purchase at Lippupiste.

The event area in the lower reaches of the Aura River will be opened to the public on Tuesday, July 16th.

The largest free family event in Europe, The Tall Ships Races, is held in the Baltic Sea every four years. In 2017, The Tall Ships Races Turku attracted 500,000 visitors, making it the largest public event in Finland.

Contact information

Questions about the biggest public event in Finland?

For information contact:

Kimmo Hyyppä
Project Manager
kimmo.hyyppa@turku.fi

Sari Haavisto
Project Coordinator
sari.haavisto@turku.fi

PROTECTING THE ARCHIPELAGO SEA

Through the largest public event in Finland, the City of Turku and event partners aim to raise awareness of the state and protection of the Archipelago Sea.

Cleaning measures for the Aura River will be intensified throughout the event week in collaboration with the Keep the Archipelago Tidy association, and the association’s garbage collection boat Roska-Roope will clean the Aura River on event days. In addition, a portion of the proceeds from event business packages will be donated to charitable causes supporting the protection of the Archipelago Sea.

The Aura River has also been prepared for the event through dredging measures. Dredging increases the flow of the river and improves water exchange, thus enhancing the condition of the entire Archipelago Sea.

Ships

Over 60 impressive sailing ships from a total of 17 different countries have registered to arrive in Turku. In the summer, ships from as far as South America will be seen in the Aura River.

See all the ships arriving in Turku here!

Get to know the ships

Tenacious

United Kingdom

Class: A

Year of manufacture: 2000

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