Gdynia was created from the sea and dreams of the post-war generation of Poles, according to the words of Stefan Żeromski, the Polish writer of the times, “…a poem created in wood, stone, concrete and iron, an overwhelming drama depicting the taking from the sea of the forces of water, depth and power…”. Today it is a modern and dynamically-growing city with its modern development and economy open towards the sea.

The Tall Ships Regatta

The Tall Ships Regatta

Once upon a time, when all ships were powered by sails, every harbour was a place of an everyday regatta nobody paid attention to. However, when the sailing ships era ended, with sails being successively replaced by steam and fuel-engined ships, the idea of such events came up, so that ships using only wind as the source of their power could meet again. 

The first regatta took place in Stockholm just before the outbreak of WWII. The proud White Frigate "Dar Pomorza" participated there. After the break caused by the war the idea was revived in the 195O's. and a regatta of tall ships was organised. The popularity of such events made the event an annual one, in a different place each time. Gdynia hosted the event called "The Cutty Sark Tall Ships' Races" for the first time in 1974. The largest tall ships arrived in Gdynia for the same reason several times more. Thus in the natural course of events Gdynia harbour became the capital of Polish sailing and regularly hosted the representatives of elites among Polish sailors, such as "Dar Młodzieży", "Pogoria", "Iskra", or "Zawisza Czarny". Apart from the universal events Gdynia also hosts the European and Baltic regattas. The time of arrival of the tall ships in the harbour is always a great holiday for local residents, who gather at the harbour in thousands - even those who are not normally interested in sailing sports but want to admire the outstanding view of the harbour roadstead decorated by colourful sails. After mooring the next stage of the event usually starts and the spectators are allowed to visit the ships and even go on them for short trips on Gdańsk Bay.

Visiting Gdynia during a regatta is an unforgettable experience. It is worth planning your stay at the sea bearing this in mind in order to appreciate that the sea and ships are not only a means of transport but can also be extremely beautiful.