Szczecin 5-8.08.2017
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THE TALL SHIPS RACES FINAL

Between 5 and 8 August, Szczecin will once again be the sailing capital of Europe! Completing an exhausting race across the Baltic, the largest sailing vessels in the world will put into port at the capital of Western Pomerania to celebrate the grand final of The Tall Ships Races 2017 together with citizens and tourists.

Szczecin has already hosted this event twice – in 2007 and 2013. The sailing ship rally had proven an organisational success on both occasions, bringing much joy to citizens and tourists, and recognition in the eyes of other ports to Szczecin. For the third time, the race final will be held on the shores of the Oder in 2017. The breathtaking seaside Wały Chrobrego will again be filled with an unforgettable sailing atmosphere, and the city will gleam with the white of sailors' hats and striped crewman shirts. You can't find such flavour anywhere else!

The music star of this year's sailing ship rally in Szczecin will be Andrea Bocelli. The artist will perform his greatest hits among rocking masts and fluttering sails. But that's not all! The race finale will be followed by the Pyromagic Fireworks Festival – the largest of its type Poland. On 11 and 12 August, the sky over the Oder will shine with a thousand fireworks, prepared by the finest pyrotechnical enterprises from around the world.

The Szczecin Final of The Tall Ships Races is under the honour patronage of the President of the Republic of Poland.

HISTORY

Szczecin held the Tall Ships Races finale for the first time in 2007, when the West Pomeranian Voivodeship capital was visited by almost 100 vessels and 3,500 crew members from 35 countries. The event lasted for 6 days and attracted about 2 million visitors , both residents and tourists. It was broadcast on TV and the internet, with 15 million people watching our webcam streams. TSR 2007 was a very successful event for Szczecin and has made the city one of the world's preferred sailing destinations. The 4-day finals involved fun and games, deck tours, an opportunity to talk to crew members, shanty concerts, exhibitions, happenings and performances. One of the greatest attractions was the Crew Parade: a colourful procession of sailors and residents made its way through the streets of the city accompanied by brass bands, full of white sailor's caps, striped shirts and captain's hats.

Szczecin also held the 2013 edition of the event. In a nutshell, the Tall Ships Races 2013 involved a month-long cruise on the Baltic Sea, visiting 4 ports along the way, and the grand finale in Szczecin. The city became a sailing hub once again, hosting about 100 sailing ships and yachts. The event attracted around 2.5 million visitorsand was organised with even more panache than in 2007. 2 river banks were joined together to double the available area. There were 2 amusement parks, and 3 stages for concerts played by ESKA Music Awards artists and the star of the event,Nelly Furtado. The finale was immediately followed by the 6th Fireworks Festival PYROMAGIC 2013 and the electronic music festival Szczecin Music Live 2013.

This year, Szczecin hosts the grand finale of the Tall Ships Races for the third time! From 5-8 August, the city will turn into the European sailing capital once again, offering millions of visitors the opportunity to experience the magical maritime atmosphere and numerous attractions.