So that’s all folks, the Tall Ships Races are now over for another year. Leader is now in Aalborg, at the northern end of Denmark about to make her journey back to the UK.
She will be departing today, taking part in the final parade of sail, and then be heading out across the North Sea, before reaching Inverness on Tuesday, August 11.
Here are the final entries from the crew on board who sailed on the second race — leg three — from Kristiansand, in Norway, to Denmark.
“As the clock ticked over to the third day of the race to Aalborg, the wind was strong as the fleet clung together. Overnight the wind died away and left the whole fleet at a standstill. Steering was out the question as we struggled to stay on course but fortunately the drift pushed us in the right direction in the early hours of the morning.
“The results announcement showed that Leader had jumped up to 17th place, which was the place we maintained until the race ended. The race official had to end it early for everyone to arrive in port on time so we soaked up the rest of the sun.”
“Throughout the early hours of the morning the wind increased up to a force 6, due to wind direction coming from the land. The sea state remained moderate. The day consisted of preparation for coming into Hals. Where we are birthed on the outside of Lord Nelson.
“After safely mooring up the crews main priority was to hit the showers after four days at sea. The rest of the evening was spent exploring Hals and preparing diner.”
We still have three berths available for Leader’s next adventure, sailing down the Caledonian Canal to Oban, from Inverness. After around three days on the canal, passing through the likes of Loch Ness, the will be some beautiful sailing around the west coast.
The seven-night trip starts on Friday, August 14 and ends on Friday, August 21. To book your berth, for £810, call our office on 01803 88 33 55 or email firstname.lastname@example.org