Annual General Meeting

The Tall Ships Australia and New Zealand Annual General Meeting is held in September each year, usually in Sydney, and provides an opportunity for the Committee to address members directly regarding activities and operations, and for members to contribute to planning for the forward year. All members are encouraged to attend.

Elections are also held for Committee positions, including President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Member/s, as well as for a Youth Representative. Nominations will be called for in the weeks preceding an election.

The 2018 Annual General Meeting

Saturday 22 September 2018
Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney

Operators Conference

Tall Ships Australia and New Zealand Operators Conferences are held twice each year, usually in March/April and September/October. The March/April Operators Conference is hosted by member Operators in ports around Australia and New Zealand.  The September/October conference is usually held in Sydney, in conjunction with the Annual General Meeting.

The Operators Conference features seminars and workshops, over one-two days, and provides an opportunity for Operators to network, share practical advice, offer each other support and talk to experts. Nominations for topics of interest and speakers are welcome and can be forwarded to

The next Operators Conference

Saturday 22 September 2018
Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney

International Conferences

The Sail Training International and Tall Ships Conference is an annual conference featuring seminars and workshops. It provides tailored programs to meet the needs and interests of key delegate groups and is the perfect opportunity for the Sail Training community around the world to gather, network, share practical advice, offer each other support and talk to experts.

The Sail Training International Annual Conference is a “must attend” event, open to everyone involved in Sail Training for young people.

  • Vessel operators
  • Sail Training programme providers
  • Ports already contracted to host a Sail Training International event, including The Tall Ships Races
  • Representatives of Endorsed Events
  • Anyone with an interest in Sail Training and Tall Ships races and regattas.

Each year, six individual bursaries, funded by Sail Training International, are offered to offset costs for successful applicants to travel from either Australia or New Zealand to Europe to attend the Conference. Further information on bursaries available to Tall Ships Australia and New Zealand members are available here.

The 2017 International Sail Training and Tall Ships Conference took place in the beautiful French city of Bordeaux, from Thursday 30 November to Saturday 2 December.

The vibrant and high-spirited capital of south-west France welcomed delegates with its characteristic joie de vivre and took in of the some of the city’s most iconic landmarks, with a welcome reception at the historic City Hall Salons and a Gala Wine Party at the elegant Palais de la Bourse.

For a selection of presentations and videos from the conference please click here.

The 2018 Sail Training International Conference

Thursday 29 November to Saturday 1 December 2018
Seville, Spain