New Book – Tall Ships Today



Tall Ships Today

Their Remarkable Story


By Nigel Rowe


Publishing 3rd July 2014


Life at sea in a sailing ship is a contest with natural forces, which can only be won by knowledge, skill and determination… I very much welcome the publication of this splendid book.’ HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

The spectacular sight of a tall ship under sail or in port recalls a bygone age of adventure, romance and national heritage. This book – supported and endorsed by Sail Training International – is a celebration of tall ships today. It shines a spotlight on the world’s most interesting and glamorous tall ships, the excitement and drama of sailing and racing on them, and the evolution in tall ship design and technology.

The four chapters cover:

  • Origins and Evolution: a fascinating perspective on the development of tall ship design, technology and navigation as well as their role in international trade and conflict.
  • The Tall Ships: a celebration of more than 100 of the most interesting and famous tall ships sailing today, with beautiful photography, key statistics and brief histories.
  • The Tall Ship Experience: the adventure of sailing on a tall ship for people of all ages, a truly life changing experience for the young, and valuable training for cadets preparing for a career at sea.
  • Racing on Tall Ships: competition at sea and ashore for the young people taking part, and the most spectacular gatherings of tall ships for the millions of spectators in port.

With unique access to the very best photography and up-to-date information, this stunning book showcases just why tall ships continue to inspire and captivate people all over the world.


Read a few sample pages from Tall Ships Today  Nigel Rowe OBE is a Patron of Sail Training International. He led the creation of the organisation in 2002 and was its first Chairman and President.

Sail Training International is a non-profit organisation with a worldwide membership of national organisations. It is the international voice of sail training and the world’s only organiser of international tall ships races. It was nominated for the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.