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Belfast (GB) - Ålesund (NO)

04 July - 17 July 2015

13 days, Gulden Leeuw

From € 975,-

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Tall Ships Races

25 : € 975,-
> 25 : € 1300,-

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Gulden Leeuw:
Belfast (GB) - Ålesund (NO)

04 July - 17 July 2015

Join the Gulden Leeuw 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! This voyage will be an international exchange, open for all nationalities. Nationalities allready on board: UK, Netherlands, Romania, Ireland, French, Spanish, Egypt. Open for all ages 15-25 years (age 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.

  • Belfast (GB)

  • Ålesund (NO)

Key points

  • Dates: 4 July 2015 - 17 July 2015
  • Embarkation: 16:00 / Disembarkation: 10:00
  • For Windseekers of all ages, minimum age 15 years
  • Windseekers joining: maximum of 60
  • 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
  • "Sailing on the North Sea by night, watching millions of stars..."

    Mathijn (13), Netherlands

You sail on the Gulden Leeuw

Gulden Leeuw Sailing
Shipping type: Topsail Schooner
Homeport: Kampen (NL)
Date built: 1937
Trainees: 60
Length: 70,1 m
Height of mast: 40 m
Sail: 1500 m2

The Gulden Leeuw is a three-masted topsail schooner, which means that you can climb the 40-metre mast to unpack the square sails. That’s approximately 12 stories high! But do not worry, you can start with the lowest yard. With 1500 …

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Windseeker logs

  • 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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  • Dolphins

    Pollenca

    Oosterschelde

    Pollenca, Spain

    – by Ship

    The harbour of Soller is situated beautifully in a small natural bay at the northern side of the island Mallorca. Directly after departure we set the sails and with a southwestern wind 4-5 Bft we sailed to the east side …

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Photos

  • Trainee
  • Sørlandet
  • Sørlandet

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