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The Tall Ships Races 2019: European ports announced

January 8, 2016

The four European ports hosting the spectacular Tall Ships Races 2019 have today (Monday 11 January) been announced – Aalborg and Aarhus in Denmark and Fredrikstad and Bergen in Norway.

This three leg event, taking place over the summer of 2019 in North West Europe, will see a fleet of international Tall and Small Ships sail from Aalborg, Denmark to Fredrikstad, Norway in an exciting race in the Skagerrak and North Sea, incorporating a number of waypoints.  The international fleet will then enjoy a spectacular cruise-in-company along the coast of Norway to Bergen, before finally racing back to Aarhus in Denmark.

This will be the 69th Tall Ships Race, since the races started in 1956, and its popularity has continually grown ensuring its continued status as Europe’ largest, free, family festival.

Paul Bishop, Head of Race Directorate, Sail Training International (STI) said, äóìWe are delighted to confirm a race series with four excellent host ports which have hosted The Tall Ships Races so successfully in recent years.

äóìThe 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.äó

Each port has committed to sending over at least 100 trainees from their local community to take part in the event to deliver the message of international friendship and understanding.


Aalborg, Denmark

Race one

Fredrikstad, Norway

Cruise in company

Bergen, Norway

Race two

Aarhus, Denmark

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