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Belfast (GB) - Alesund (NO)

04 July - 17 July 2015

13 days, Black Diamond of Durham

From € 870,-

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Tall Ships Races

> 25 years : € 870,-

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Black Diamond of Durham:
Belfast (GB) - Alesund (NO)

04 July - 17 July 2015

Join the Black Diamond of Durham and her crew for the experience of a lifetime, for the first leg of the Tall Ships Races 2015. Journey from Belfast to Aalesund and make new friends with trainees from all over the world as you sail the Ship as fast as you can. Spectacular vistas and the everchanging North Sea await as you experience the adventure of the biggest sail race of the year. Learn the ropes, cross the finish line and enjoy a Journey you will never forget! In Aalesund you will be welcomed with an epic crew party, where you will trade war stories with the trainees of other ships. Open for 16-25 years (25+ at request).

Programme Outline

Ports

Belfast is the capital and the largest city of Northern Ireland. It started out as a small hamlet with fertile land along the mouth of the Lagan. Soon, marauders and pirates realised Belfast’s lough was deep and their shores were the perfect haven for repairing sea ravaged ships. Today Belfast is a wonderful city to explore! Visit the Titanic quarter waterfront, the Ulster Museum, or the Odyssey area where you’ll find lots of entertainment. And spend some time in one of Belfast’s many pubs.

Ålesund is once again host port for The Tall Ships Races in 2015. Ålesund harboured the event for the first time in 2001, in an intimate harbour amongst beautiful fjords, mountains and islands. Consisting out of seven islands, Ålesund is a modern city. In 1904 the city, once built largely of wood, was completely burned down by a sea of flames. After a period of planning, the town was rebuilt in stone, brick, and mortar in Jugendstil.

Key points

  • Dates: 4 July 2015 - 17 July 2015
  • Embarkation: 17:00 / Disembarkation: 10:00
  • For Windseekers of all ages, minimum age 16 years
  • Windseekers joining: maximum of 10
  • No sailing experience required!
  • Official language on board: English
  • Price includes: accommodation and meals, excludes drinks at the bar
  • Price excludes transportation costs to-and from the ports. Our travel counsellor can advise you and book your transfers
  • One-off registration fee €25
  • Windseekers need to have a health insurance and a travel insurance
  • Need to take with you on board: sleeping bag, pillowcase, sheets and towels
  • Contact your fellow-Windseekers via Windseeker facebook
  • Lieven (23) Belgium

    "Setting sails: always fantastic."

  • Axel (23) France

    "It is an adventure you don’t want to miss! Being a sailor only takes passion and motivation."

  • Ida (19) Finland

    "The best moment was when we crossed the finish line and everybody celebrated together. The tone was simply unforgettable!"

You sail on the Black Diamond of Durham

Yachts

Black Diamond of Durham

Black Diamond of Durham is a 10 berth, 45 foot (13,5m) Bowman Corsair Ocean Racer, extremely suitable for Sail Training. Black Diamond will take you anywhere in the world. The vessel has competed in Tall Ships Races every year since …

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Windseeker logs

  • Ship

    Absolutely Awesome Day

    Europa

    Southern Atlantic Ocean

    – by Annie van Haaren

    Today was absolutely awesome. Waking from a good 7 hour sleep to breakfast, first time in 5 days as I had been sleeping right through it when on the dog watch. We had watch from 8 am till 12 midday. …

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  • Clean Circle Navigators 2019: plastic research

    – by Maarten Erich, Science Coordinator of By The Ocean We Unite
    & Anna Gudarowska, Windseeker

    In 2019 Windseeker teamed up with By the Ocean we Unite (now: The Ocean Movement) for the first time. In the summer 148 Windseekers took part in the first Sustainable Sailing journeys (now: Clean Circle Navigators) on four Tall Ships. …

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