The Tall Ships Races returns to Stavanger
This year’s Tall Ships Races and festival, in the harbour of Stavanger, will feature even more big ships than when the event was last held in 2011. Ships from a total of 18 countries have signed up with crews from 30 different nations.
The Tall Ships Races in Stavanger will span a total of 1.5 km along the quayside of the harbour between July 26th and 29th. The list of ships attending is as good as ready, and Project Manager, Knud Helge Robberstad, is very pleased with the high level of interest.
”This year we have more of larger ships, Class A, than we had in 2011. The influx of these ships shows the attractiveness of the event in Stavanger and our reputation as a host city”, says the Project Manager.
67 ships registered
The registration is nearly complete and The Tall Ships Races Stavanger 2018 will total 67 ships. 24 of these are registered as Class A.
“We have the great Russian ships Kruzenshtern, Mir and Sedov in place. The three major Norwegian ships, Christian Radich, Stratsraad Lehmkuhl and Sørlandet are attending as well. I can also confirm that the four local ships, Caroline af Sandnes, Frøya, Stina Mari, and Wyvern are also registered”, says Robberstad.
All of the 67 registered ships will be moored along the 1.5 km length of the festival area – the longest row of rigged ships in the harbour ever.
Both the citizens of the region and many thousands of visitors will meet the ships from 18 nations. The ship which has sailed the longest voyage to Stavanger is undoubtedly Tarangini, from India.
“The Tall Ships Races is a distinguished international event. Not only do we have visiting ships from 18 separate nations, we also have the great pleasure in welcoming crews from over 30 nations”, says Robberstad.
The international profile also means that the event needs foreign language speaking volunteers.
“We have received a lot of interest from people wanting to volunteer at The Tall Ships Races , and we have a potent mix of people who have signed up to help. We have however got space for more, particularly of those who are multilingual. Right now, we are looking for volunteers who speak Bulgarian and Slovenian”, Robberstad smiles.
The biggest #shipsparty ever happens in Stavanger between 26th and 29th of July, 2018. Here you will hopefully find answers to everything you need to know about the practical aspects.
Opening hours of the festival
Saturday 28th July10 am to 9 pm
|Thursday||26th July||10 am to 9 pm|
|Friday||27th July||10 am to 9 pm|
|Saturday||28th July||10 am to 9 pm|
|Sunday||29th July||10 am to 3 pm|
Some serving places will have longer opening hours. The festival’s main concerts last beyond the opening hours, see the complete program for more details.
Transport to and from the festival
Visitors are encouraged to use other means of transport than private cars to the city centre and the festival area due to. Limited parking and that a lot of traffic is to be expected. Be there early! You will find traffic information about the inner port area (Vågen) and the city centre in Stavanger here.
- Bus and boat: Kolumbus has expanded bus capacity on all scheduled departures.
- Train: NSB has expanded seat capacity on scheduled departures.
- Bike: There are a number of places for bicycle parking near the festival area and in Stavanger city centre. See the overview of the parking garage for bicycles.
- Taxi: Taxis will be available in the area around Olav V’s street and Haakon VIIs street.
- Car: Free parking in the P-Forum and P-Siddis parking spaces at Stavanger Forum during The Tall Ships Races.
Regular buses to and from the city centre – download the Kolumbus Billett [Ticket] app (free) to save NOK 20 every time.
The festival area will be unavailable for car parking. There will be reduced capacity at the parking facilities P-Arketten (at the concert hall) and Valberget (near Skagen Brygge hotel).
Check other parking alternatives with the Stavanger parking app and info boards on the access roads.
Map of the festival area
A complete map of the festival area will be available very soon. A overview map and index can be found on this page.
Guest harbours: The guest harbor in Børevigå (near the Oil Museum) will be used by Class C and D ships and is therefore not available to the public.
Other guest ports in the area can be contacted in advance for space reservation if any free spots are available.
Badedammen båtforening (Bekhus quay) – Limited capacity, please contact the port authority on +47 996 91 643.
Stavanger motorbåtforening (Hillevåg Lake) on + 47 51 50 55 50
See the complete culture program for The Tall Ships Races 2018 Stavanger.
All events in the cultural program are free, without tickets or age limits.
Free entry to Vessels
Most major ships will be open for visits Thursday-Saturday. The sships decide when and if want to be open for visits. Times are most often advertised by the walkway. Admission is free.
An overview of the ships is available.
- First aid: The First Aid station, Fire and Rescue and Police are located at the top of the stairs of the main square at Stavanger Cathedral School (Kongsgård).
- Tagging children: Mark the children with the guardian’s name and mobile number. Activity Booklet: An activity booklet that can be stamped at various stations in the festival area is distributed to children of all ages at the festival’s information tent as far as the stock lasts.
- Drones: The Civil Aviation Authority does not allow drones over festivals or sporting events without a special license.
- Hotel: Partner Hotel is Victoria Hotel, Skansegaten 1. Other accommodations can be found on Region Stavanger’s website. Other accommodations can be found on Region Stavanger’s site.
- Servering places: List of official serving places for The Tall Ships Races 2018
- Alcohol: It is only allowed to enjoy alcoholic beverages in restricted areas. The Consert house Amfi is alcohol-free except for the outdoor seating area.
Departure of the ships on Sunday, July 29th.
The parade out of Byfjorden (litt: The City Fjord) starts from the inner Harbour (Vågen) at noon and will be past the Tungenes headland no later than 4 pm.
The proper start of the regatta is west of Kvitsøy around 7 pm on Sunday. Then the ships sail regatta south to Harlingen in Holland.
The participating Sail ships
|Vessel||Cl||Country||Built||Visits / Info|
|ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLDT II||A||Germany||2011|
|BLACK DIAMOND OF DURHAM||C||UK||1972|
|CAROLINE AF SANDNES||B||Norway||1885|
|EARL OF PEMBROKE||A||UK||1945|
Thu 2 – 5 pm
Fri 10 – noon
and 2 – 5 pm
Sat 10 – noon and 2 – 5 pm
Fri: 4.30-6 pm Sat: 2-3.30 pm
|GEORG STAGE||A||Denmark||1934||Open all days 6 6 pm – 8 pm|
|GORENJKA||C||Slovenia||(no picture available!)||1998|
Sun: 10 -> (departure time)
|MORNING STAR OF REVELATION||B||UK||1978|
|SANTA MARIA MANUELA||A||Portugal||1937|
Thu 4-10 Fri 12-10 Sat 5-10
10 – 7 pm (Open all days)
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