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The Tall Ships Races 2019 Aalborg: A Spectacular Send Off

Posted on: 06.07.19

Hundreds of thousands of visitors have enjoyed a spectacular maritime celebration here in Aalborg for the start of the Tall Ships Races 2019…

Over the the last three days Aalborg has put on the perfect reception for the Tall Ships fleet and continued their long standing tradition of entertaining spectators and crews alike with music, activities, celebrations and more. To mark the end of the festivities, the largest ever Danish fireworks display lit up the Limfjordsbroen bridge with over 3,000 kilos of pyrotechnics lighting up the Danish night sky.

As the final preparations began on board the Tall Ships for the grand Parade of Sail along the Limfjord, the Tall Ships Races 2019 Race Chairman, Knut Western, thanked Aalborg for a memorable start to the 2019 race series.

“There a few factors more important to a successful Tall Ships Race series than the opening port and this year has seen Aalborg provide the perfect start. As we celebrate 20 years working together across five events, I am proud of the mutual reliance we have built together to help develop international friendship and understanding.

“As the Tall Ships fleet make their way to the start of Race One, we now look forward to Fredrikstad, Bergen and Aarhus to continuing the memorable start here in Aalborg.”

Tall Ships Races 2019 Race Chairman, Knut Western

Highlights of Day Three

The third full day of celebrations in Aalborg saw a fantastic time for all in the Danish sun.

All Eyes on the Race

For the Captains and crews, attention fell towards the first race of the series to Fredrikstad and what the expected weather conditions would mean for sailing tactics.  Once again, you will be able to follow the Tall Ships fleet as they make their way along the race route thanks to the YB satellite tracking system. You can keep up to date with who is leading each race leg and ensure you miss none of the sailing action.

Each participating ship in the Races is fitted with a YB satellite transponder, a self-contained battery operated tracker which allows tracking of a vessel’s position from anywhere on earth. All vessels taking part in the Races are equipped with one so spectators can follow the fleet – anytime, anywhere!



This year, Europe’s largest, free, family festival will visit north-west Europe during the summer, with a fleet of over 70 international Tall and Small Ships. The three-leg event will see vessels sailing from Aalborg, Denmark to Fredrikstad, Norway. Following this will be a stunning cruise-in-company along the coast of Norway to Bergen and a nail-biting race back to Aarhus, Denmark.

The event is open to young people aged 15-25, giving them the opportunity to get involved in a competitive event whilst also gaining skills in sailing, communication and building confidence. You can check out our dedicated event and Host Port pages to find out how you can take part!