A tall ship is a large, traditionally-rigged sailing vessel. The term “tall ship” can also be defined more specifically by an organisation, such as for a race or festival.

Tall Ships Australia and New Zealand uses the classifications stipulated by Sail Training International for purposes including defining membership and eligibility for events.

Class A

All square – rigged vessels (barque, barquentine, brig, brigantine or ship rigged) and all other vessel more than 40 metres length Overall (LOA), regardless of rig.

Class B

Traditionally rigged vessels (ie gaff rigged sloops, ketches, yawls and schooners) with an LOA of less than 40 metres and with a waterline length (LWL) of at least 9.14 metres.

Class C

Modern rigged vessels (ie Bermudan rigged sloops, ketches, yawls and schooners) with an LOA of less than 40 metres and with a waterline length (LWL) of at least 9.14 metres not carrying spinnaker-like sails.

Class D

Modern rigged vessels (ie Bermudan rigged sloops, ketches, yawls and schooners) with an LOA of less than 40 metres and with a waterline length (LWL) of at least 9.14 metres carrying spinnaker-like sails.

Check out the Sail Training International Tall Ship database here.

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