The Tall Ships’ Races are designed to encourage international friendship and training for young people in the art of sailing. The races are held annually in European waters and consist of two racing legs of several hundred nautical miles, and a “cruise in company” between the legs. Over fifty percent of the crew of each ship participating in the races must consist of young people.
Between 1973 and 2003 the races were known as The Cutty Sark Tall Ships’ Races.
This report was one of the first projects I did together with Lina Coelho and until today it is one of my favorites. The entire Lisbon area was still very new to me and she took me everywhere, seeing opportunity in every corner. We were running a small web magazine, writing and shooting. Day and night. Lina had gotten us official access to this major event and we saw what was there to see. From the interiors of the MIR, shooting the fireworks from the water and – while dancing up and down, getting cold and wet – taking photos of the ships sailing out. In short(s), one of the best experiences of my life.