Every summer, impressive sailing vessels from around the world gather in ports around Europe for the Tall Ships Races. The races are designed to encourage international friendships and to train young people in the art of sailing. More than 50% of the crew of each ship must be between 15 to 25 years of age.
Starting in 1956, this year sees the 60th anniversary of the regatta. The first race of the 2016 summer series was held in Antwerp, and the second leg has just drawn to a close in Lisbon, the city from which Portuguese navigators sailed over 500 years ago in search of the New World. Further events will be held in Cadiz and A Coruna in Spain, and in Blyth, England. IBTimes UK presents photos of the Lisbon leg of the 2016 Tall Ships Races.