National Photo Contest Now Open

It’s not every year that over forty tall ships from around the world gather in one Canadian port but Québec City will play host to just that during the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta, a Canada 150 signature event being held in the Old Port from July 17-23.

Along with the Guest Ports programme in various Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada cities, this event provides a fantastic opportunity for Canadians to not only visit the majestic ships but to experience history through adventures of today.   Sail training on a tall ship challenges youth trainees to become stronger, more confident and self-reliant.  Joining the crew goes beyond learning how to sail and places emphasis on teamwork, developing leadership skills and meeting new people from diverse backgrounds and experiences.

The Canadian Sail Training Association is sponsoring a photo contest in celebration of the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta and Canada’s maritime history.

Youth 13-25 years of age are invited to take a photo of them doing something on, or in, the water. Snap the photo and enter a caption answering why you need a tall ship adventure.  Submissions with the hashtag #tallshipnation150 can be made on Instagram (CSTA_ACVE), Twitter (@CSTA_ACVE) and Facebook (@CSTA2017).

A jury will reward the best pictures + caption, which should be original and dynamic.  One winner announced June 16th, June 23rd and three winners on July 1st.   The winners will be posted to the CSTA social media accounts.

Winners will be given the opportunity to join the crew of an historic Canadian Tall Ship for the adventure of a lifetime this summer.   Participating Canadian ships: Fair Jeanne, Pathfinder, Playfair and St Lawrence II.

If you are keen to start your adventure and don’t want to miss out on the chance to step aboard, visit to learn about the participating vessels, or don’t wait for the competition and go ahead and directly book your berth on one of the majestic tall ships this summer.  For more information specifically about your Canadian tall ships, visit

The Canadian Sail Training Association is dedicated to the development of character in young Canadians through sail training. Voyaging under sail in a traditional maritime environment provides a unique opportunity for young people to strive for self-fulfillment and to acquire seamanship skills in the face of the unpredictable challenges offered by Canada’s oceans, lakes, and estuaries.

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