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

    Keshan (17), UK

You sail on the Vega Gamleby

Shipping type: Topsail Schooner
Homeport: Gamleby
Date built: 1909
Trainees: 36
Length: 30,5m
Height of mast: 27m
Sail: 650 m2

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

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