Fredrikstad Hosting The Tall Ships Races 12 – 15 July 2014

“Statsraad Lemkuhl” - Proud Norwegian Sailing ShipThe three-masted barque “Statsraad Lemkuhl”, built in 1914, is one of the proud vessels that will participate in The Tall Ships Races. 

The beautifully located Fredrikstad, last host port in 2005, is once again a host port for the 2014 Tall Ships Races. Being the second time this historic town will host the races, it promises a social and cultural program give every crew members and visitor the ‘experience of a lifetime’.

The Tall Ships Races is the world’s largest sailing ships event and are designed to encourage international friendship and training for young people in the art of sailing. The races are held annually in European waters and consist of two racing legs of several hundred nautical miles, and a “cruise in company” between the legs.

Each year about 70 – 100 big and small sailing vessels and 6000 crew members are participating in the event. The regattas are organized by Sail Training International.

Many people show up to see the twenty largest vessels participating in Class A: “All square – rigged vessels (barque, barquentine, brig, brigantine or ship rigged) and all other vessel more than 40 meters Length Overall (LOA), regardless of rig”.

You can learn more about the participating ships here.

Historic Town

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The Old Town of FredrikstadThe Fredrikstad Old Town

Located about 90 kilometers south of Oslo, Fredrikstad offers rich cultural life, a bustling quayside and a cozy Old Town. It’s proud to be the best preserved fortress town in Scandinavia with a rich history, shops, galleries and cafés.

Founded in 1567, by King Frederick II, Fredrikstad is situated where Norway’s longest river Glomma meets the sea. It’s traditionally been an important harbor for timber export, then later for shipbuilding, until the main yard was closed in the 1980s.

The Tall Ship Races in Fredrikstad co-insides with the celebrations of the 200th anniversary of Norway’s Constitution and independence.

 Tall Ships Races Fredrikstad Norway 2014

 Program

Program details will be confirmed during spring 2014.

Friday 11 July

First ships arrive

Festival area opens

Saturday 12 July

1200 All ships have arrived

1600 Main stage: Official opening

Whole day: Entertainment from all stages

Ships open to the public when showing signs “Open Ship”

Sunday 13 July

1000 – 1400 Crew competitions

1600 Crew Parade

1700 Main Stage: Prize giving ceremony

Whole day: Entertainment from all stages

Ships open to the public when showing signs “Open Ship”

Monday 14 July

Whole day: Entertainment from all stages

Ships open to the public when showing signs “Open Ship”

2330 Fireworks

Tuesday 15 July

Morning: Undocking

1200-1400 Parade of Sail

Text modified by: Thor Lanesskog,Thor News

Photos by: “Statsraad Lemkuhl”: Bruno Girin/ Wikimedia Commons, Fredrikstad:  visitoslofjord.no

Sources: The Tall Ships Races Fredrikstad 2014, Sail Training International

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Categories: Culture, Eastern Norway, History, Travel

2 replies

  1. Reblogged this on Something to Ponder About and commented:
    This is a wonderful town to visit. I have been fortunate to visit in both summer and winter. The old town us a hubbub of activity in summer with art exhibitions and markets, bands. Glass making demonstrations and weddings and other festivities.

  2. What a beautiful looking town. I love the old star forts.

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