Tall Ships Race: Aalborg - Fredrikstad
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Aalborg - Fredrikstad
Fri. 05 - 07 - '19
Sat. 13 - 07 - '19
9 days days
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For the second year in a row Bark Europa is looking for a chance to test her sailing skills against an international fleet of Tall Ships. We will race across Skagerrak and we hope to be the first to cross the finish! Will you help us win the race?
The city of Aalborg is located around the narrowest point of the Limfjord.
Aalborg’s position in the Limfjord made it an important harbor during the Middle Ages. The town grew due to royal trading privileges and the thriving herring fishing industry. At the beginning of the 19th century, the city lost its important position as a main trading port with Norway and the city came in decline. Towards the end of the 19th century there was an upturn, when the bridge over the Limfjord was completed in 1865. The city became connected by train and wealth came back to the city in the form of the production of tobacco, spirits, fertilisers and cement.
In the last 50 years the focus of the city has been shifting from industrialized to a more administrative focus. With its theatres, symphony orchestra, opera company, performance venues, and museums such as Aalborg Historical Museum and the Aalborg Museum of Modern Art, Aalborg is an important cultural hub.
Fredrikstad is a Norwegian town situated at the beginning of the same fjord as Norway’s capital Oslo. The city was founded in the second part of the 16th century and the location was picked for its access to sea and open land surrounding it.
In the 1840’s the city was known for the export of timber and modern technology was introduced to the city with the build of several steam powered saws along the river. With the decline of the timber industry as a result of modernization, Fredrikstad developed into an important maritime industrial centre. Fun fact: the Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen was born in a small town which is now part of the city of Fredrikstad.
On July 5th you will be welcomed on board by our captain and crew. We will stay in port the first night and the next day we will join the other Tall Ships during the Sail Out. You are more than welcome to have a look on board the other Tall Ships, our competitors during this voyage. After the start of the voyage we will race four days to Fredrikstad, where we join the Sail In on July 11th. The next day we will be in port and you have time to explore the city, before joining the Crew Parade and Crew Party. The next day it is time to say goodbye to the crew and you will disembark after breakfast.