Host ports for the Funchal 500 – Tall Ships Regatta 2008 were announced in Lisbon this week. The Regatta will take place in September 2008 and is being organised by Sail Training International.
The port Falmouth, in the south west of England, has been selected as the start port. The fleet will race from there at the beginning of September 2008 to Port of Aveiro, Illhavo, Portugal, before a second race to Funchal, Madeira.
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The Funchal 500 Tall Ships Regatta will be the centre-piece of year-long celebrations in 2008 commemorating the 500th anniversary of Funchal’s founding, says Miguel Filipe Machado de Albuquerque, Mayor of Funchal.
By 2008 the commercial port in the heart of our city will be transformed into a leisure destination port to attract tourism. Funchal now plans to join the growing international family of sail training friendly ports.
Provisional dates: Falmouth (10 – 13 September).
Ilhavo (Porto of Aveiro), Portugal, (20 – 23 September).
Funchal, Madeira (2 – 5 October).
We recently published a list of the participating vessels. Click on the following link: Funchal 500 Years Tall Ships Regatta