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Fredrikstad (NO) - Bergen (NO)

13 July - 23 July 2019

10 days, Challenge Wales

From € 600,-

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Tall Ships Races Sail Training Special Offer

last-minute price: € 600,-
16-25: € 962,-

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Challenge Wales:
Fredrikstad (NO) - Bergen (NO)

13 July - 23 July 2019

*Special offer!* Tall Ships Races 2019 – Cruise in Company. After the initial race from Denmark it’s time to begin the more relaxed Cruise in Company leg of the Tall Ships Races. This journey will give you a little bit more time and freedom to explore the famously beautiful Norwegian coastline. You will leave the port in Parade of Sail with other vessels, and sail towards Bergen. Along the way you might stop in smaller ports or drop an anchor somewhere in a fjord for a bath in the sea. Of course, there will also be plenty of sailing! Once you reach Bergen you can expect a lot of fun activities exclusive for the crews of participating vessels, as well as thousands of curious spectators. 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. The Cruise in Company is a more laid-back leg of the event, where speed doesn’t matter so much and you will have the time to enjoy the leisurely sailing. This year you will explore the stunning Norwegian coast on the way from Fredrikstad to Bergen. Take in the surroundings and enjoy sailing with your fellow trainees before joining the port events.

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

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. Visit the 16th-century Kongsten fort, or Scandinavia’s largest model railway. Fredrikstad has successfully been a host port for the Tall Ship Races before, welcoming sailors and visitors with great events.

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.

  • Fredrikstad (NO)

  • Bergen (NO)

Key points

  • Dates: 13 July 2019 - 23 July 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."

  • Keshan (17) UK

    "It was cozy and comfortable, but hard work and exciting."

  • Piotr (22) Poland

    "Worked together with different nationalities for a week was a life changing, hilarious experience."

You sail on the Challenge Wales

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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Windseeker logs

  • The Tall Ships Races 2020 postponed to 2021

    – by Windseeker

    New dates for the Tall Ships Races 2020 - postponed to 2021   Due to the COVID-19 pandemic The Tall Ships Races 2020 have been postponed by the organiser - Sail Training International. Instead of 2020, the Races will take place in August …

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  • A busy and productive day at sea

    Gulden Leeuw, July 2015

    Aalborg

    – by Trainees Charlotte and Pernille

    Charlotte (26), UK We were lucky as a watch this morning and didn’t go on sail watch until 8 a.m. Some people had to get up to make breakfast but the rest of us enjoyed our lie-in and were bright-eyed and …

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