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Bergen (NO) - Aarhus (DK)

23 July - 03 August 2019

11 days, Challenge Wales

From € 700,-

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Tall Ships Races Sail Training Special Offer

last-minute price: € 700,-
16-25: € 1009,-

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Challenge Wales:
Bergen (NO) - Aarhus (DK)

23 July - 03 August 2019

*Special offer!* Tall Ships Races 2019 – Race 2. The final leg of this year’s Tall Ships Races will bring you from Norway to Denmark. After leaving port in a Parade of Sail, waved away by thousands of spectators on land, you will embark on a race against other vessels. You will steer the Challenge Wales, look out for other vessels on the horizon, set and trim the sails; chat with your crewmates, lay under the sun on the rolling deck and look at the bright stars above. Finally you will reach Aarhus where the finishig celebrations for the 2019 Tall Ships Races will take place. Enjoy the Crew Parade and Award Ceremony, dance on the Crew Party and take part in friendly competitions against other crews. Open for Windseekers aged 16-25, other ages (15 or 25+) at request: contact info@windseeker.org

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 2 will bring you across the North Sea, from Norway to Denmark. Prepare to leave the city of Bergen in a spectacular Parade of Sail, before embarking on an exciting race. After a few days on the open sea you will reach Aarhus 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 Challenge Wales. Under the watchful eye of professional crew members you will be responsible for sailing the vessel from setting and trimming the sails, through looking out for other Ships, to navigating and steering. You will have day and night watches, and also some time to relax and enjoy the journey!

Ports

Bergen is the gateway to the Fjords of Norway and a well-established cruise port. It’s an international city packed with history and tradition, a big city with small-town charm and atmosphere. Stroll around old streets and alleyways, and mingle with the crowds at the Fish Market. Saunter along the listed wooden buildings at Bryggen to the old fortress at Bergenhus, or call in at one of Bergen’s museums and galleries. The panoramic views of the city, the fjord and the ocean are breathtaking.

Aarhus is a port on the northeast coast of Jutland, Denmark. One of its main attractions is the open air museum Den Gamle By, where historical buildings from all over Denmark have been relocated. But the 13th century cathedral is also well worth a visit. Aarhus is a relaxed place with enough to see and do, and its city centre is a favourite with Tall Ship crews who visit the city regularly. West of the city you’ll find lakes and forests, perfect for a hike.

  • Bergen (NO)

  • Aarhus (DK)

Key points

  • Dates: 23 July 2019 - 3 August 2019
  • Embarkation: 16:00 / Disembarkation: 10:00
  • For Windseekers age 16-25 years
  • 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
  • Windseekers need to have a health insurance and a travel insurance
  • Need to take with you on board: sleeping bags and towels
  • Lieven (23) Belgium

    "Setting sails: always fantastic."

  • Jet (31) Netherlands

    "As crew, there is nothing better then standing back and seeing the trainees do all the work and do it perfectly!"

  • Robijn (17)

    "When anchored at sea in the sun, I had not a care in the world"

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Picture of the Yacht Challenge Wales Sailing on the sea

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Challenge Wales

Challenge Wales is a 72 foot, 18 berth Ocean Racer built in 1999. She is an experienced vessel for longer voyages, whatever the weather conditions. The official language on board is English. The Ship has a fun and friendly team who enjoy working hard …

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