The Tall Ships Races Helsinki 2024 and the John Nurminen Foundation collaborate

The annual competition of large sailing ships, The Tall Ships Races, will be held in the Baltic Sea in the summer of 2024. The event will dock in Helsinki from July 4th to 7th, 2024, and is expected to attract 500,000 visitors.

The Tall Ships Races Helsinki event’s charity partner is the John Nurminen Foundation, whose mission is to save the Baltic Sea and its heritage for future generations. The goal of the collaboration is to raise awareness of the state of the Baltic Sea and its conservation and to provide event attendees and partner companies with the opportunity to participate in Baltic Sea conservation by donating to the foundation.

– The Baltic Sea suffers from eutrophication, and the consequences of eutrophication are visible to us as summer algae blooms. Through donations, our foundation can continue its work to reduce eutrophication and prevent biodiversity loss. It’s great that young people are acting as ambassadors for the well-being of the Baltic Sea and the importance of the sea in the Tall Ships Race, says Annamari Arrakoski-Engardt, CEO of the John Nurminen Foundation.

Helsinki sends a hundred young people to sail

The Tall Ships Races is a youth sailing event aimed at promoting the education and cooperation of young people regardless of nationality, cultural background, religion, or social background. Helsinki will send a hundred young people on the first two routes of the competition from Klaipeda to Helsinki and from Helsinki to Tallinn.

– We are committed to acting responsibly, and our collaboration with the John Nurminen Foundation is one way to convey the message about the state of the Baltic Sea and its conservation. We also work on influencing young sailors and ship crews and want to convey the importance of Baltic Sea conservation, says project manager Marianne Saukkonen.

The Tall Ships Races Helsinki event will see over 50 impressive sailing ships with their crews arriving in July at the South Harbor, Katajanokka, Kanavaranta, Pohjoisranta, and Kauppatori areas. The event offers a diverse program with live music, speeches, and programs tailored for families with children.