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Brazilian Ship Cisne Branco Cancels Participation in The Tall Ships Races 2024 event


The ship announced on Monday, 17 June, to the event’s host ports that it had experienced mechanical difficulties, and subsequently canceled its participation in the Klaipeda and Helsinki segments of The Tall Ships Races 2024. On the evening of Wednesday, 26 June, the sailing ship withdrew from this year’s The Tall Ships Races entirely, and thus, will not be seen at the Turku event in July.

Photo: Brazilian Navy

Cisne Branco was sailing towards the starting port of the event in Klaipeda, Lithuania, on Monday, 17 June, when it had to stop in Lisbon for repairs due to mechanical difficulties. On Wednesday, 26 June, the ship announced it had to withdraw from the entire The Tall Ships Races 2024 event completely.

Reason for the cancellation is an engine failure that has not successfully been repaired despite round-the-clock repair work. As a result of the ongoing repairs, the ship must remain in Lisbon for the time being.

The Class A three-masted square-rigger last visited Turku in 2017. Project Manager of The Tall Ships Races Turku 2024 Kimmo Hyyppä is understanding about the ship’s cancellation.

– It is certainly unfortunate that a sailing ship like Cisne Branco cannot participate, but unexpected situations sometimes arise with large and old sailing ships. Over 60 magnificent vessels are still coming to Turku, of which seven belong to Class A. Among these ships, for example, the Ecuadorian three-masted barque Guayas will be visiting Turku for the first time, Hyyppä summarises.

The Big Ships’ Race Begins

The first race segment of The Tall Ships Races 2024 starts on Sunday, 30 June, from Klaipeda, Lithuania, where the ships will compete to Helsinki. From Helsinki, the sailing ships continue on a Cruise in Company segment to Tallinn, from where they head on the second race segment to Turku. The ships will arrive in the Aura River in the third week of July.

Preparations for the event have been ongoing since spring 2023, and are beginning to take shape around the city as Turku prepares to welcome the large sailing ships for the sixth time from Thursday to Sunday, 18th–21 July.

The Tall Ships Races 2024

27–30 June: Klaipeda, Lithuania
30 June–4 July: Race 1, Klaipeda to Helsinki
4–7 July: Helsinki, Finland
7–11 July: Cruise in Company, Helsinki to Tallinn
11–14 July: Tallinn, Estonia
14–18 July: Race 2, Tallinn to Turku
18–21 July: Turku, Finland
21–24 July: Cruise in Company, Turku to Mariehamn
24–27 July: Mariehamn, Finland
27 July –2 August: Race 3, Mariehamn to Szczecin
2–5 August: Szczecin, Poland