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 Skagerak 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. The first settlement dates back to Iron Age Vikings around 600 AD, and another to the 9th century.
Aalborg’s position in the limfjord made it an important harbour 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. The prosperity of the city suffered due to a decline in the herring fishing.
Towards the end of the 19th century there was however 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. The city was build a fortress, but fortification, but during the 18th century a new city centre was formed in a suburb on the other side of the river Glomma.
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, Frederikstad developed into an important maritime industrial centre. The Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen was born in a small town which is now part of the city of Frederikstad.
On July 5th you will be welcomed on board by our captain and crew, who will bring you to your cabin to start you getting to know Bark EUROPA. We will stay in port the first night and the next day we will join the other Tall Ships during the Sail Out. This is the moment to have a look at our competition for the race to come. After the start of the voyage we will race four days to Frederikstad, where we will join the Sail In on July 11th. The next day we will be in port and you will have the time to explore the city, before joining the Crew Parade and Crew Party. The next day it is time to say goodbye to your news shipmates and disembark EUROPA after breakfast.Optional reservation Booking form