Knud Helge Robberstad (49) has been appointed Project Manager for The Tall Ships Races 2018.
He is looking forward to getting started with planning the next Tall Ships Races.
“This project will need a large number of voluntary hands. Together with the City of Stavanger’s highly experienced event organisation, a number of other players and a large group of volunteers, we will create a top event for sailing ships and crews visiting our city, and a real festival for the citizens and visitors of our region. Mark the dates 26 to 29 July 2018 already”, the Project Manager encourages.
Mr. Robberstad holds education as journalist, photographer and media designer, and comes from the position as communication advisor responsible for crisis communication and strategic communication with consulting company ResQ. Previously, he has worked in Stavangerpuls, Statoil, the Rogaland Teater and Stavanger2008. He has worked as communication consultant for the department of culture and urban development with the City of Stavanger, and he was responsible for communication operations under The Tall Ships Races in Stavanger in 2011.
City of Stavanger’s Head of Economic Development, Ms Tone Grindland, believes The Tall Ships Races positively reflects Stavanger as a bearer of tradition with international perspectives.
“It is an important strategic project in the restructuring phase that we now are in. I am therefore pleased that Mr. Robberstad will lead the project, which requires good communication skills and good cooperation with a number of players”, Ms. Grindland says.
Host Port for the fourth time
The Tall Ships vessels will call at Stavanger during the final weekend of July 2018. Stavanger was the host port for the fleet of The Tall Ships Races in 1997, 2004 and 2011. It is therefore the fourth time Stavanger will host the sailing regatta, which each year gathers 70-100 participating ships, divided into four different classes, and with a crew of up to four thousand young people from over 30 countries.
The event is primarily a race for sailing ships, where at least half of the crew of participating vessels shall be between 15 and 25 years old. Several hundred thousand people walked along the city’s quays to watch the ships and crews when Stavanger was the host port in 2011.
Article first published in City of Stavanger’s website 18 April 2016.