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Den Helder (NL) - Hartlepool (GB)

01 July - 08 July 2023

7 days, Roald Amundsen

From € 760,-

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Tall Ships Races Sail Training

Ages 15-25: € 760,-
Ages 26+: € 1095,-

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Roald Amundsen:
Den Helder (NL) - Hartlepool (GB)

01 July - 08 July 2023

The Tall Ships Races 2023: Race 1. Join the German brig, named after a famous explorer Roald Amundsen, for your own great adventure! Sail from the Netherlands to Great Britain, racing an international fleet of Tall Ships across the North Sea and a number of way points. Become an active crew member: climb the masts, trim the sails, steer and navigate together with your fellow trainees. Reach the port of Hartlepool and spend the last two days in the harbour. Enjoy the Tall Ships festival, with Crew Parade, Crew Party, fireworks, concerts and more; spend the time with your crew mates and get to know the trainees from other vessels.
Prices include membership fees for the Sail Training Germany association (mandatory). Open to all Windseekers over 15 years old.

The Tall Ships Races

Every year dozens of Tall Ships, as well as small ships and yachts gather for races and harbour events, which include Crew Parades, Crew Parties, competitions, concerts, fireworks and more. Every leg starts with Parade of Sail – a spectacular departure of all the Ships together, and ends with the last two days of the Journey spent in the destination port.

The Tall Ships Races 2023 will take the fleet across the North Sea 4 times! Starting in Den Helder, the Netherlands, the Ships will embark on Race 1 to Hartlepool in Great Britain. Race 2 will take them to Norwegian Fredrikstad, from where they will sail in Cruise in Company to Lerwick in the Shetlands. The final Race 3 will end back in Norway – this time in a charming town of Arendal.

Ports

Den Helder is a beautiful town in the Netherlands, situated at the very tip of the North Holland province, regularly hosting the Tall Ships events. Discover the town's sea connections by visiting the Marinemuseum and Nationaal Reddingmuseum Dorus Rijkers. Take a break and go for a walk in the botanical gardens Oranjerie De Groene Parel Den Helder or admire sea life in the Fort Kijkduin Museum and Aquarium.

Hartlepool is a British port on the east coast of the UK, with long traditions of maritime activity. In 2010, the town played host to the Tall Ships Races, receiving some 125 Tall Ships in its harbor. Once you're there, visit the nearby North York Moors national park, or relive the heyday of the British navy at the Maritime Experience. If you have come to like climbing the masts on board, there is a boulder park in Summerhill where you can reach for the top again!

  • Den Helder (NL)

  • Hartlepool (GB)

Key points

  • Dates: 1 July 2023 - 8 July 2023
  • Embarkation: 17:00 / Disembarkation: 10:00
  • For Windseekers of all ages, minimum age 15 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
  • Diets possible: general, vegetarian
  • Windseekers need to have a health insurance and a travel insurance
  • Need to take with you on board: towels
  • "The wind increased and when we took down some sails, I felt the adrenalin rush through my body."

    Max (17), Germany

You sail on the Roald Amundsen

Shipping type: Brig
Homeport: Eckernförde (DE)
Date built: 1952
Trainees:
Length: 50 m
Height of mast:
Sail: 850m2

The brig Roald Amundsen is a Tall Ship with a mission. Whether it’s maintenance or sailing, the ship is completely run by volunteers. Their goals are training, passing on traditional seamanship and forming new friendships that transcend national borders and …

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Windseeker logs

  • This is Where I Belong

    Oosterschelde, 2013

    Sailing from Maurituis to Australia

    – by Hannah Hurford

    When I found out that you could still sail traditional ships I remember thinking: a) this is probably a joke, and b) why have I not done it yet? I had experience sailing on yachts and dinghies but with an interest in naval …

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  • An experience I will put in my backpack and carry with me for the rest of my life

    Morgenster, July 2016

    The Tall Ships Races
    Scheveningen-Antwerp-Lisbon

    – by the Trainees

    RUNE Arriving in Scheveningen with mixed feelings, the yearning to set sail to this adventure and the painful goodbyes. I find my awkward self back at the dinner table (for the second time today) mixed up with the crew instead …

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  • Sørlandet

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This Journey is covered by the STO Garant guarantee. You can find the conditions for this guarantee scheme on STO Garant’s website (www.sto-garant.nl/en/downloads).

This process is automatic and you do not need to do anything else. After receiving your booking, Windseeker will send you detailed information on how and when to pay for your journey – together with all the other important details.

 

What does it mean?

In short: you do not pay the booking amount to Windseeker but instead into an escrow account. This trust account holds your payment in reserve until your journey’s end. The booking amount is then released to Windseeker on the day after your trip ends. If Windseeker or the Ship should become financially insolvent before the end of your trip, STO Garant will implement the guarantee. The Guarantee Scheme details how you can make a claim under the guarantee in such cases. You can read more about this here.