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Join a sailing adventure on a Tall Ship and set course for new horizons!

Aalborg (DK) - Fredrikstad (NO)

03 July - 13 July 2019

10 days, Alexa

From € 499,-

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Tall Ships Races Sail Training

15-25: € 499,-
26+: € 675,-

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Alexa:
Aalborg (DK) - Fredrikstad (NO)

03 July - 13 July 2019

The Tall Ships Races – Race 1. Join Alexa in Denmark for an exciting race to Norway. Enjoy harbour festivities and seeing all of the Tall Ships in one place, then leave in a Paraed of Sail to embark on an exciting race to Norway! Spend your days learning to sail on a traditional vessel – take your turns steering, setting sails, navigating, preparing meals and enjoying the times off with your new friends. After the race you will reach Fredrikstad where the second festival will await. Get ready for the Crew Party, Crew Parade, concerts, competitions and making international friends from many other vessels. Open to Windseekers aged 15 and more. Please be aware that the food & drinks for the journey are not included in the price: they will be purchased jointly. The cost should be approximately EUR 10-15 per day.

Programme Outline

Once again in 2019 the Tall Ships from all over the world will come together to compete in the 63rd annual Tall Ships Races. Race 1 will take you from Denmark to Norway. You will leave the city of Aalborg in a spectacular Parade of Sail, before embarking on an exciting race. After a few days on the open sea you will reach Fredrikstad where you will join your fellow trainees from other Ships in Crew Parade, Crew Party, friendly competitions and visiting other vessels.

As a Windseeker you will be a trainee on board of the Alexa. Under the watchful eye of professional crew members you will be responsible for sailing the Ship from setting and trimming the sails, through looking out for other vessels, to navigating and steering. You will have day and night watches, and also some time to relax and enjoy the journey!

Ports

The Tall Ships Races 2019 will be visiting the grand port of Aalborg. Aalborg has had a love affair with The Tall Ships Races since 1999, when the city hosted the event for the first time. Aalborg is situated at the Liim Fiord where it was founded by Vikings over 1000 years ago. Today Aalborg is a modern city with visible historic roots. Its theatres, symphony orchestra, performance venues, and museums, make Aalborg a great place to wind down after an exhilarating Sail adventure.

100 km south of Oslo, Fredrikstad is a coastal town, on the East side of the Oslofjord. Fredrikstad has a mix of old and new - The 'Gamlebyen' Old Town is a well-preserved star fort, across the water from the modern waterfront. Visitors can also visit the 16th-century Kongsten fort, or Scandinavia's largest model railway. Fredrikstad will be a host port for the Tall Ship Races 2019.

  • Aalborg (DK)

  • Fredrikstad (NO)

Key points

  • Dates: 3 July 2019 - 13 July 2019
  • Embarkation: 10:00 / Disembarkation: 10:00
  • For Windseekers of all ages, minimum age 15 years
  • No sailing experience required!
  • Official language on board: English and German
  • Price includes accommodation but excludes meals - to be purchased together)
  • Price excludes transportation costs to-and from the ports. Our travel counsellor can advise you and book your transfers
  • Windseekers need to have a health insurance and a travel insurance
  • Need to take with you on board: sleeping bags, pillows and towels
  • "I have met new people, been up in the mast, seen indescribable sunsets and laughed a lot. Learning how to sail a ship has been the coolest thing I have done so far and I have confidence in what I do now."

    Annette (18), Denmark

You sail on the Alexa

Shipping type: Dänischer Haikutter, Gaffelketsch (Danish shark cutter, gaff ketch)
Homeport: Laboe (Kiel fjord), Germany
Date built: 1938
Trainees: 9
Length: 19m
Height of mast: 22m
Sail: 153m2

Alexa was built as a fishing vessel in Denmark and later converted for multi-day trips with guests on the Baltic Sea. The current owner is a non-profit organization who've acquired her in 2017. Nowadays Alexa does Sail Training with youth …

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