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Belfast (GB) - Alesund (NO)

03 July - 16 July 2015

13 days, Vega Gamleby

From € 1200,-

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Tall Ships Races

25 : € 1200,-
> 25 : € 1500,-

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Vega Gamleby:
Belfast (GB) - Alesund (NO)

03 July - 16 July 2015

Ready for adventure on the open seas? Join the crew and trainees from all over the World for the first leg of the Tall Ship Races 2015, on board the Vega Gamleby. Together you’ll compete against a strong field of Tall Ship contestants in the biggest sail race of the year. Meet new friends, find new horizons, and race from Belfast to Aalesund on a traditional three-masted topsail schooner. On board you will flex muscles you didn’t know you had, and learn the ropes in an exciting race that will take you between the Scottish isles and across the ever unpredictable North Sea. Your Journey starts in Belfast and ends with an epic crew party in Aalesund, where you’ll undoubtedly trade war stories with trainees from the other ships. Open for all ages, minimum age 15 years.

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: 3 July 2015 - 16 July 2015
  • For Windseekers of all ages, minimum age 15 years
  • Windseekers joining: maximum of 36
  • 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
  • Max (17) Germany

    "The wind increased and when we took down some sails, I felt the adrenalin rush through my body"

  • Tan (17) Turkey

    "If you believe and push yourself there is nothing you can't do."

  • Mathijn (13) Netherlands

    "Sailing on the North Sea by night, watching millions of stars"

You sail on the Vega Gamleby

Tall Ships

Vega Gamleby

The Swedish Tall Ship Vega Gamleby is open to all those wishing to experience a moment of history. In 2009 she celebrated her 100th anniversary and is still sailing the seas, as seaworthy as ever. Enjoy the experience of only …

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Windseeker logs

  • Log numero uno

    MORGENSTER

    SØNDERBORG, BALTIC

    – by Windseeker Jan

    De lange dagen op zee begonnen hun tol te eisen. Mijn 19-jarige collega Windseekers voelde hun laarzen gaan koken. Tijd voor wat whoopie in het stuurhuis!

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  • Stargazing at Starpoint

    Tecla, September 2014

    – by Captain Gijs

    Finally, after two and a half days of motor sailing, we are able to carry on under sail alone. A bit later than expected, but still very welcome, the ESE-ly winds have filled our sails again. Progress has been good …

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