Press Release October 2013

The Tall Ships Races are coming to Fredrikstad 12-15 July 2014... Are you?

Next summer the town of Fredrikstad, Norway, will host the Tall Ships Races, and welcome over 100 tall ships from some 30 countries.

 

A fantastic gathering not just for sailing enthusiasts, but for anyone interested in history too, as the event will coincide with the 200th anniversary celebrations of Norway’s constitution.

 

The Tall Ships Races is the largest regatta of its kind, and one of the world’s largest sporting events. Fredrikstad, the first port of call for the 2014 edition, has a long maritime tradition - it was once Norway’s largest schooner town, home to 180 vessels.

 

Come and see these majestic ships as they moor once again right in Fredrikstad’s centre, just like they used to a hundred years ago, and take part in the huge street party Fredrikstad will throw for the occasion.

 

Did you know?
Gamlebyen, Fredrikstad’s Old Town, is Scandinavia’s best preserved fortress town. It was founded in 1567 by King Frederik II. It was also here that the armistice Norway signed with Sweden in 1814 was ratified.

 

Today Gamlebyen is one of Norway’s most popular attractions, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.

 

The Tall Ships Races started in 1956, and are organised by Sail Training International, a charity based in the United Kingdom. STI has member organisations in 28 countries.

 

The theme for the 2014 edition of the Tall Ships Races in Fredrikstad is ‘Peace’. Sail Training International was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.

 

Press contacts:

Marie Peyre (+47) 954 48 160 m.c.peyre@gmail.com

Bjørg Johnsrud Western (+47) 916 16 570 bjbo@fredrikstad.kommune.no

 

Published October 2013.

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