The Tall Ships Races Helsinki 2024 brings over 50 sailing vessels to the Helsinki

After an eleven-year hiatus, the Tall Ships Races will bring large vessels  from around the world to Helsinki from July 4th to 7th. A total of 54 sailing vessels will arrive at the event area extending from South Harbor to Halkolaituri. Surrounding the four-day event is a comprehensive program focused on the theme of the Baltic Sea and its protection.

The over a hundred-meter-long Dar Mlodziezy from Poland and the Brazilian Cisne Branco are the main attractions of the event

Six large Class A vessels will arrive in Helsinki. The most spectacular sailing ship is the Polish Dar Mlodziezy, which is over a hundred meters long. From across the Atlantic, the Tall Ships Races event will welcome the Brazilian Cisne Branco, which also visited Helsinki during the previous event in 2013. Additionally, the Ecuadorian Class A vessel Guayas will be seen in Helsinki.

Other Class A vessels arriving in Helsinki include the Polish ships Kapitan Glowacki, Pogoria, and Fryderyk Chopin. All Class A vessels will be located near Market Square and Katajanokka. In addition to these, the event will host several dozen vessels of Class B, C, and D, which event attendees will have the opportunity to explore.

Skidit Disco, Mimmit, and Ventriloquist Sari Aalto entertain the youngest family members

A dedicated Lasten uutisten puisto,, in collaboration with Helsingin Sanomat, will be set up in the Katajanokka park area. During the event days, children will be entertained by Skidit Disco, Mimmit, and ventriloquist Sari Aalto. Additionally, Magician Kari will amaze the youngest family members with his magic tricks. Workshops specifically designed for children will also provide activities for summer days.

One of the most prominent events is the Crew Parade along Aleksanterinkatu and Mannerheimintie on Friday, July 5th. The crews of all ships will gather at Senate Square, from where a spectacular and festive parade will march through the city center. The parade will culminate in an awards ceremony held at Lasipalatsi Square, where the best crews will be honored. DJ Hapan Korppu and the children’s and youth choir Vivace will perform during the award ceremony.

The Baltic Sea Panel brings experts together for a common cause

The event’s Street Stage is located on the Katajanokka side, next to Allas Sea Pool. Over the four event days, performances will include acts by Timo Lassy Trio and Olli Soikkeli Trio among others. Additionally, the Nature League’s Sea Tales will captivate with their stories.

At the Event Square of the City Hall Lobby discussions about the Baltic Sea and its condition will take place during the first two event days. Thursday’s theme, “Sustainable Future in Successful Business Strategy,” will be led by speakers including Kati Kauppi, Valtteri Moilanen, and Nani Pajunen. Additionally, Elokapina will have their own intervention. The speech program will be hosted by Tom Nylund. Friday’s program at the event square will culminate in the Baltic Sea Panel.

“We want to increase awareness about the Baltic Sea and the importance of its protection. Through a diverse expert program, we bring different perspectives to the forefront. On the entertainment side, Timo Lassy Trio will entertain customers in the restaurant area, and children have also been taken into account with their own park area,” says the Event’s Program Producer Juuso Liukkonen.

The Tall Ships Races sailing event promotes the education of young people and cooperation regardless of nationality, cultural background, religion, or social background. The City of Helsinki will send a hundred 15-25-year-old youths to participate in the sailing voyages on the participating ships. The event area includes South Harbor, Market Square, Katajanokka, Kanavaranta, and Pohjoisranta. The Tall Ships Races Helsinki event is organized by the Helsinki Events Foundation, which is responsible for event production in Helsinki.