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Celebrations in the sunshine as prizes are awarded for Race One

July 7, 2023

The crowds came out in great numbers on this sunny afternoon for the spectacular crew parade, which took place within the port area and then out around the headlands. 

The sang, they danced, they played drums and blew horns – the colourful and noisy parade snaked its way along the parade route, arriving at the main stage to rapturous applause from the locals, for the prize giving ceremony. With prizes awarded from the Borough of Hartlepool and Sail Training International, Race Director Magda Makowska announced the winners.

This evening the trainees headed off to their crew party to celebrate success, commiserate with those who didn’t win, and to mix and mingle on the dance floor, making new friends along the way.

Awards were presented as follows:

Best Dressed Ship in Port

Dar Mlodziezy (Poland)


Eendracht (The Netherlands)


Roald Amundsen (Germany)


Statsraad Lehmkuhl (Norway)

Most Motivated

Morgenster (The Netherlands)


Bima Suci (Indonesia)

Youngest Crew (Average age on race 1)

Ocean Scout (UK)  Average 16.1 yrs

Most International Crew

Statsraad Lehmkuhl  (Norway)  16 nationalities

Best in Crew Parade Class B/C/D

Excelsior  (UK)

Best in Crew Parade Class A

Eendracht (The Netherlands)

Races Communications Award (RACE 1)

James Cook (UK)


Patricia (Belgium)

3rd Class D

James Cook (UK)

2nd class D

Tara (Denmark)

1st Class D

Patricia (Belgium)

2ND Class C

Faramir (UK)

1ST Class C

Vahine (Finland)

1ST Class B

De Tukker (Vanuatu)

3RD Class A

Wylde Swan  (The Netherlands)

2nd Class A

Fryderyk Chopin (Poland)

1st Class A

Eendracht (The Netherlands) – pictured


Gulden Leeuw (The Netherlands)

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About The Tall Ships Races 2023

The Tall Ships Races 2023 will see the international fleet of Tall Ships and Small Ships return to Den Helder, Hartlepool, Fredrikstad, Lerwick and Arendal from 29 June to 6 August.

With four of the five Host Ports having already hosted the stunning Tall Ships fleet, we are excited to return to old friends and visit new frontiers for some exhilarating sailing, stunning cruises and celebrations across Northwest Europe.

As with every edition of The Tall Ships Races, the series will offer a range of sailing experiences for trainees and crews. The Race Committee will look at waypoint options to provide shorter and longer races for the fleet that will require a mixture of tactical skill and exhilarating speed to conquer.

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