Heavy rains couldn’t dampen the celebratory spirit in Bergen as the Tall Ships arrived in the Norwegian port for the third Host Port stop of the Tall Ships Races 2019…
Following a fantastic stop in the Norwegian port of Fredrikstad and Cruise-in-Company leg around the idyllic Norwegian coast, the Tall Ships fleet have arrived in Bergen for more maritime celebrations and an action packed programme of activities. As the Tall Ships fleet arrived in dramatic weather conditions, thousands of spectators came out to give them a warm Norwegian welcome. Over the course of their four day stopover in this UNESCO World Heritage City crews and trainees will be treated to a range of cultural activities, sports and entertainment and more.
Fostering friendships around the world
One of the main aims of every Tall Ships event is the fostering of International Friendship and Understanding. This was seen once again in Bergen as the Class A Shabab Oman II (Oman) welcomed crews from around the fleet on board for a traditional Omani breakfast. The feast of local Omani delicacies was accompanied by traditional dancing from the crew and visiting guests.
The traditional breakfast is just one example of the warmth that will be displayed between the Tall Ships fleet. The upcoming crew sports, Crew Parade and Prize Giving Ceremony will also enable trainees from over 30 countries make friendships that stretch across cultures and last a lifetime.
Bergen is often known as the “gateway to the fjords” of Norway. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage City and a European City of Culture. The city has a warm and friendly atmosphere, great hospitality, and majestic surrounding. It is widely known as a festival city, and it has gained a well-deserved reputation as an excellent host port. It successfully welcomed the international fleet in 1993, 2001, 2008, and 2014 – and it’s proud to take part in the Tall Ships Races 2019.
THE TALL SHIPS RACES 2019
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!