Eleven tall ships have so far officially signed up for The Tall Ships Races 2018 in Stavanger.
Project Manager Knud Helge Robberstad is pleased with the response from the ships so far.
“It is good to see that both regulars and new ships are signing up early for next year’s race series. 71 vessels visited us in 2011 and we hope that the final figure in 2018 will be somewhere between 50 and 100 ships,” says Robberstad.
The following ships have registered so far:
- Artemis (The Netherlands), Class A
- Eendracht (The Netherlands), Class A
- Frederyk Chopin (Poland), Class A
- Grossherzogin Elisabeth (Germany), Class A
- Royal Helena (Bulgaria), Class A
- Sørlandet (Norway), Class A
- Atyla (Vanuatu), Class B
- Maybe (Great Britain), Class B
- Rupel (Belgia), klasse B
- James Cook (Storbritannia), klasse C
- Zenobe Gramme (Belgium), Class C
There has been a good amount of interest in next year’s event from previous participants. Everything points towards many masts along the quays of Stavanger’s Vågen harbour next summer.
“Stavanger is acknowledged as a professional organiser within the European tall ships environment. We work closely with the other host ports to promote joint sailing passages and events for the ships next summer. The final participants list will be ready in May 2018,” says Robberstad.
This summer, 50 young people from the region participated as trainees on the two participating Norwegian ships, Sørlandet and Statsraad Lehmkuhl. They met young people from other countries, with different backgrounds, and were part of a team to compete, sail and take care of each other in all kinds of challenges and weather.
“We are yet again delighted with the ties made between our young people and the ships this year. I hope that many of the young people from our region are ‘bitten by the bug’ and ready to raise the sails again next year,” says Robberstad.