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The Tall Ships Races 2019

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Start date 03/07/19
Legs 3
Races 2

After years of careful preparation, Europe’s largest free family festival in 2019 closed in spectacular style…

The Tall Ships fleet were treated to a fantastic time in Aalborg, Denmark, where spectators braved some adverse weather conditions to step on board these fantastic ships and enjoy the largest fireworks display ever in Denmark. Race One to Fredrikstad, Norway, saw some exhilarating sailing across the fleet with close battles throughout the Classes.

The event continued with the Tall Ships fleet spending an action packed four days celebrating in Fredrikstad before setting off for a stunning cruise-in-company along the coast of Norway to Bergen. After this cruise along the Skagerrak and North Sea, the world famous Tall Ships visited the Norwegian port of Bergen. There once again they entertained hundreds of thousands of spectators before taking part in a nail-biting race back to Aarhus, Denmark.

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HIghlights from Aalborg

Highlights from the celebrations in Aalborg as spectators arrived for the start of the Tall Ships Races 2019 in Denmark and enjoyed four days of festivities and celebrations.


Highlights From Fredrikstad

Some of our favourite moments from a beautiful and sunny Fredrikstad, including some spectacular arrivals from the Tall Ships Fleet.


Following the announcement of the Host Ports of the Tall Ships Races 2019, Head of Race Directorate, Paul Bishop, looked forward to what is already proving to be a landmark race series for the Tall Ships fleet.

“We are delighted to have four excellent host ports which have hosted The Tall Ships Races so successfully in recent years.

“The Race Committee has looked at waypoint options which give one short and one longer race leg and a scenic cruise-in-company along one of the most beautiful coasts in the world. This use of waypoints in race one creates an exciting course with vessels often in sight of each other, which has proved popular in the past. The race series will not only give trainees a variety of sail training experiences to choose from, it offers attractive options for many international vessel operators and a strong base for trainee recruitment.”

Paul Bishop, Head of Race Directorate, Sail Training International 


Denmark has hosted the Tall Ships Races five times since 1999. Cultural Aalborg is the fourth-most populous city in Denmark, and is located in the North of Jutland.


Following two successful events, Fredrikstad hosted this year for the third time. The city has a long shipping and maritime history, and boasts the stunning Outer Oslo Fjord archipelago.


Bergen is extremely proud of its status as a UNESCO World Heritage City. It boasts an enviable location surrounded by seven mountains, and has a positive reputation as a festival city. Bergen has hosted the Tall Ships Races five times since 1993.


Aarhus has a long-standing relationship with the sea, and it can trace its maritime history back to the Vikings. The city is committed to encouraging young people to get involved with sail training – it also has a dedicated program for those with disabilities.