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