Gero vej! The Culture 2011 Tall Ships Regatta is officially opened!

18 August 2011

Gero vej!  The Culture 2011 Tall Ships Regatta is officially opened!

The Culture 2011 Tall Ships Regatta officially opened this evening.   In front of a large crowd the Mayor of Klaipeda, Vytautas Grubliauskas, the Director General of Klaipeda State Port, Mr Eugenijus Gentvilas and the Chairman of the Race Committee, Robin Snouk Hurgronje welcomed the fleet to Klaipeda, surrounded by representatives of the ships carrying their national flags. 

After addressing the crowd, the Race Chairman rang a ship’s bell and everyone cried out “Gero vej”  - the traditional way to wish good luck to sailors.

other than a couple of late arrivals, all of the fleet are now safely in port and look forward to the sports and cultural events that are available to crew members tomorrow. 

A local folk group ‘Alka’, the Klaipeda State Music Theatre and a brass quintet entertained the crowd after the ceremony.

The customary ‘Captains dinner’ will take place later this evening in a local hotel. 

 

The Culture 2011 Tall Ships Regatta is organised by Sail Training International.

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