Tallinn Maritime Days are over and brought together more than 180,000 visitors to different events of the sea festival.
According to Aini Härm, the head of Tallinn Cultural Department, one can be satisfied with the maritime days. "The sunny weather just kept attracting people to the sea," said Härm, adding that fortunately it was raining only on Monday. Everybody had an amazing opportunity to visit The Tall Ships Races regatta, which had been visiting Tallinn for the first time. "As the world's largest sail training regatta reaches the Baltic Sea once in four years, such a spectacular view in the Gulf of Tallinn will not be seen anytime soon," added Aini Härm.
Like every year, visitors were most interested in maritime activities this year. "During the four days, many sea taxis sailing between ports were used and a lot of amusement rides were taken with various vessels," said Tõnno Piigli, the project manager of Tallinn Maritime Days. "The large sea parade attracted a lot of people to the sea and coast, and it confirms once again that we are the sea folk," he added.
Tõnno Piigli acknowledged that in addition to maritime activities and sailing boats, the innovation area, added to the programme for the first time, also gained much popularity. "Workshops on robotics were extremely popular among young gearheads," he said. "The U-CAT submarine robot, which was placed in the bottom of the Admiralty Basin and explored the underwater part of the sailing boats, also
attracted much interest. Everything that was happening under water, was also live- streamed on a big screen for everyone to see."
Tallinn Maritime Days were held from July 15-18, 2017. The festival celebrations have been lasting for four days as the world’s biggest sail training regatta visited Tallinn. All and all, Tallinn Maritime Days were held during four days in five different harbours: Old City marina, Seaplane harbour, and in partner harbours - Haven Kakumäe, Port of Noblessner and Pirita marina. Fish harbour was also a part of the
festival having theme events.
Tallinn Maritime Days 2017 were organized by the City of Tallinn, Tallinn Culture Department, Port of Tallinn and Seaplane Harbour. Co-organizers are STA Estonia, Haven Kakumäe harbour, Port Noblessner marina, Pirita Municipality, Pirita Harbour marina. The festival was supported by Port of Tallinn, Alfons Hakans, Balbiino, ABC Motors.