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The Tall Ships Races 2019 Aarhus: Setting Sail for New Horizons

Posted on: 04.08.19

The Tall Ships fleet bid a fond farewell to Aarhus today and set their sights for new horizons as they departed the final port of the Tall Ships Races 2019…

Following a hugely successful four days of maritime celebrations in the Danish city of Aarhus, the Tall Ships fleet took part in a final Parade of Sail of 2019’s race series. The parade acts as the perfect way for the Tall Ships and Small Ships to thank a host port city for their hospitality and Aarhus saw thousands of spectators come out to wave the ships off on their new adventures.

The fleet began undocking at 0900 hrs and, once in position, the parade was led by Blue Clipper (UK) out into the Bay of Aarhus and along the coast and Marselisborg Strand. The fleet of over 40 ships were completed by Shtandart (Russia) the Mexican Class A ship Cuauhtemoc who acted as the perfect bookend to the four days of maritime celebrations. 

Highlights from the Parade

The final day of celebrations followed a sun drenched Saturday which saw over 100,000 visitors come to see the ships on their last full day in port. Views of the event area were spectacular with a 50 metre high ferris wheel installed especially for the event that took over 12,000 passengers high over the fleet.

The Tall Ships weren’t only enjoyed from afar as spectators made their way on board to get an up close look at the majestic vessels. Crowds filled the main stage area to get the chance to see what life is like on Cuauhtemoc (Mexico) and the Norwegian giant Statsraad Lehmkuhl  throughout the day and into the night where it hosted a special view of the final night fireworks. 

Magic Moments from Day Three

As the fleet disappeared on the horizon, Race Director (Bergen to Aahurs), Ben Stuart, reflected on what was a fantastic end to the Tall Ships Races 2019.

“Following a great race that gave un forgettable adventures to everyone involved, the fantastic event here in Aarhus has really shown how much the municipality has succeeded in making the city a premier event hotspot.

“We would like to recognise the contribution of the 300 strong amazing team of volunteers who make everything work that much better for crews and captains. We hope that the local community have enjoyed having the Tall Ships visit as much as we have enjoyed coming back to Aarhus.

“We very much look forward to the next time the Tall Ships Races return to this wonderful city.”

Race Director (Bergen to Aarhus) Ben Stuart


Aarhus is Denmark’s second-largest city, and its unique bay boasts new urban harbour areas. It has provided a wonderful setting for the large contingent of Tall Ships, along with the huge crowds of local residents and visitors. It also has a number of museums, restaurants and historical architecture.

This interesting, historic city can trace its maritime history back to the days of the Vikings and is no stranger to the Tall Ships. It hosted events in 2007 and 2013 and the fleet’s third visit has been a huge success.


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!