This trip has been amazing and I would recommend it to anyone.
The trip on the Swan...has been one of the most amazing experiences in my life
This opportunity has been a complete eye opener for me and I can only hope to do something like this again
It’s hard to think that 12 days ago we didn’t know each other at all but now were like a family sharing laughs and mischief
We have so many memories to share; the magic of the Mareel, the plunging waves and gales leaving us with salt swept hair
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The closing date for applications for 2019 sail training placements has now passed.
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Information regarding 2019 placements
This summer we are supporting fourteen young people to take part in The Tall Ships Races, Race One between Aalborg in Denmark and Fredrikstad in Norway. Trainees will be placed on Shetland's own sail training vessel Swan and Norwegian tall ship Statsraad Lehmkuhl. Find out more about the Tall Ships Races here:
Fantastic host cities and challenging races across the North Sea makes the Tall Ships Races an essential event in the sail training calendar.
The Tall Ships Races is a spectacular, annual event aimed at young people which takes place in European waters over the summer months. Huge crowds gather at host cities during the four days the Tall Ships Races are in port, this can range from hundreds of thousands of people at events to sometimes even several million!
Many of the world’s Tall Ships take part in the event, everything from the biggest Class As (barques, brigs and ship rigged) to the smallest Class Ds (sloops, ketches and schooners).
Races and Regattas are broken down into “legs,” or races. The number of legs depends on how many host ports are taking part and races are between one port to the next.
Along with the race legs, there’s also a “Cruise-in-Company.” It’s not a race and provides an opportunity to take things at a more leisurely pace. There is more time to enjoy the company of the rest of the fleet, take in your surroundings, and bond with your crewmates. The fleet may stop to anchor in a picturesque port which has put on some special entertainment for the visiting fleet. Maybe check out a beautiful bay for an overnight party. Or sail slowly and take in a tourist attraction. Some crews even swap ships and welcome new international crewmates.
Denmark has hosted the Tall Ships Races four times since 1999… this will be its fifth. Cultural Aalborg is the fourth-most populous city in Denmark, and is located in the North of Jutland.
Following two successful events, Fredrikstad will be hosting for the third time. The city has a long shipping and maritime history, and boasts the stunning Outer Oslo Fjord archipelago.
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