Join Christian Radich for the Tall Ships’ Race 2010

Events, Things to Do, What's New — By Anne-Sophie Redisch on June 1, 2010 at 1:11 pm

Fancy a stint as a deck hand on a beautiful tall sailing ship?

The Christian Radich is about to begin this year’s  summer voyages. On 27 June, she sets sail from Stord (Western Norway) and heads north for the old Viking capital Trondheim. Should be great sailing along a gorgeous coastline through the lovely, light summer nights.

From Trondheim, she’ll continue to Antwerp in Belgium for the Tall Ships’ Race 2010. You can join Race 1 for nine days of pretty intensive sailing with ships from all over the world to the Danish port of Aalborg.  Parades, awards and heaps of quay side fun awaits in lively Aalborg.  Oh, and by the way, the Christian Radich is the most winning ship in its class.

From Aalborg, the ship crosses the Skagerak Sound to the southern Norwegian port Kristiansand, with plenty of time both for sailing and visits in pretty little villages along the  coasts of Sweden and Norway. More exciting sailing takes place in Race 2, from Kristiansand to Hartlepool in England. Like Aalborg, the maritime city of Hartlepool will host parades,  prize-giving ceremonies and offer lots of fun for everyone. Nearby Newcastle has good connections with planes and trains, or – you could  join the Christian Radich on its last leg, a leisurely sail back to the home port of Oslo.

Anyone can enroll as a sailor, no previous knowledge is required.  The minimum age is 15, or 12 if with a parent or guardian.  This is a great way for parents and older children to spend time together.

As a trainee, you’ll join a watch team and be a look-out, on fire- and security patrols or man the sails and steering (no worries, you’ll be supervised by pros). Climbing the rig is sure to be a high-light. You’ll sleep in hammocks or in a bunk in a nice air-conditioned dorm. Food is said to be good, too.

Here’s the route list, detailing the prices for the various legs.

PS If the North Sea seems like it would be a bit too feisty for a tender tummy, you can still experience the Christian Radich on fjord cruises or shorter sailing excursions.

Photo of the Christian Radich by CHRIS230*** on flickr’s Creative Commons

Tags: Aalborg, Antwerp, Belgium, boats, Christian Radich, Denmark, England, Hartlepool, Kristiansand, Newcastle, North Sea, Norway, Oslo, sailing, ship, Skagerak, Stord, Sweden, Tall Ships' Race 2010, Trondheim

    6 Comments

  • Dave and Deb says:

    Ooh, that looks like my kind of adventure. We are going to have to look into possible joining this next year!
    Thanks for the information.

  • Barbara Weibel says:

    It looks like a wonderful journey, but I have never had my sea-legs.Never mind climbing the masts, I’d be hanging over the rails the entire time.

  • Nancie (Ladyexpat) says:

    I couldn’t be a sailor, but the ships themselves are absolutely amazing. We’ve had the tall ships in Halifax, Nova Scotia a few times. I saw on their first visit back in the 1980’s and they were amazing. I could probably still find the spot where I stood for the Parade of Sail. I was lucky enough to see them again the year before I moved to Asia. There really is nothing like them.

  • RyukyuMike says:

    Love those old ships!

  • Robert G. says:

    Beautiful boat!

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