Focus Session: Planning a Successful Tall Ships Event

Planning a Successful Tall Ships Event: Looking after the
needs of the vessels and crews

Speakers and Panel Members:
Paul Bishop, Head of Race Directorate, Sail Training International
Haakon Vatle, Managing Director, Statsraad Lehmkuhl
Captain Jamie Trost, Project Manager and Captain for the Schooner Porcupine
Captain Klaas Gaastra, Captain of the Tall Ship Europa
Lesley Strickland, Project Manager, North Sea Tall Ships® Regatta 2016, Blyth
Bjorg Western – Project Manager, The Tall Ships® Races 2014, Fredrikstad

Video Presentation

This session will provide an opportunity to discuss ideas of how to improve Tall Ships Races and Regattas with a Panel of experienced professionals representing host ports, Sail Training International/Tall Ships America and the various classes of sail training vessel operators. The Panel will cover the important aspects that ports need to focus on to ensure that the needs of the ships and crews are fully met, and that host ports develop a reputation for being sail training friendly for the future.

Paul Bishop
Paul Bishop

Paul Bishop is Head of Race Directorate and started his career as a professional seafarer at the age of 21 skippering sail training vessels around Europe and other parts of the world and has competed in many Tall Ships Races. He worked as an Operations Manager and Director for several sail training organisations before joining Sail Training International as Head of Race Directorate. He is responsible for advising on all technical aspects of sail training within STI, future race planning and liaising with Host Ports on the infrastructure, in-port facilities and port programme for the Tall Ships Races and Regattas.

Haakon Vatle
Haakon Vatle

Haakon Vatle started his tall ships career on board Statsraad Lehmkuhl, where he worked and sailed every season from 1996-2005. He was senior executive officer during The Tall Ships Races 2008 Bergen, project advisor during The Tall Ships Races 2011 Stavanger, and project manager for The Tall Ships Races 2014 Bergen. From 1st January 2016 he became the new managing director of the Statsraad Lehmkuhl.

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