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The Tall Ships Races 2019 Bergen: Lighting Up Bergen with the Crew Parade and Prizes

Posted on: 23.07.19

Crews and trainees from across the Tall Ships fleet lit up the city of Bergen with a magical mix of colour and energy as they took part in the Crew Parade and Prize Giving Ceremony…

Following a morning of crew sports that saw teams from around the participating ships compete in beach volleyball, basketball, tug of war, table tennis and more, the Tall Ships fleet readied themselves for the traditional Crew Parade. Starting alongside Bergen’s Nykirkekaien dock, the parade took crews and trainees on a 2km around the beautiful city before leading them to the outdoor concert venue, Koengen.

As it made its way through the city, thousands of visitors lined the route of the parade to cheer on the crews and take in the vibrant spectacle. The Crew Parade is traditional in every Host Port stop during the Tall Ships Races and gives crews and trainees the perfect opportunity to showcase their thanks for the warm reception and hospitality they receive.

the Prize Winners

Most Spectacular Entrance

Statsraad Lehmkuhl (Norway)

Best Dressed in Port

This award went to a range of Class C & D vessels who brought vibrancy and colour to the port of Bergen.

Most Entertaining in Crew Parade Class A

Fryderyk Chopin (Poland)

Most Entertaining in Crew Parade Class B/C/D

Maybe (UK)

Environmental Award

Cisne Branco (Brazil)

Youngest Crew in Cruise-In-Company

Gratitude (Sweden)

International Crew in Cruise-in-company

Sorlandet (Norway)

Beach Volleyball Tournament

Shabab Oman II (Oman)

Street Basketball Tournament

Pogoria (Poland)

Tug of War

Cisne Branco (Brazil)

Football Tournament

Shabab Oman II (Oman)

Stoltzekleiven Up

Maria (Womens) Birger Jørgensen (Mens) Alexander von Humboldt II (Germany)

Chess Tournament

Albert Dar Mlodziezy (Poland)

Table Tennis Tournament

Anastasia Nazarova Mir (Russia)


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.


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!