Leader at the Tall Ships 2014

Tall Ships Blog – Cruise in Company

The Tall Ships Challenge may be over, but Leader is still in the midst of the Tall Ships Races.

Thank you to all our sponsors for making the first leg such a success. We will be posting updates on how the young crew —who sailed from Amsterdam to Fredrikstad — got on shortly.

Twelve guests joined Leader  and her five crew on Monday for the second part of the Tall Ships Races, heading from Fredrikstad to Bergen. Here’s how they have been getting on…

Day 1: Tuesday, July 15, 2014.

We woke up at 8am so we were ready for breakfast at 8.30am as we were due to take part in the parade of sail later in the day.

After breakfast we had happy hour where split in to two watches: Port and Starboard.  Port Watch were cleaning up down below and Starboard were cleaning the deck area. Once we had finished we gathered around the foredeck for safety briefings. We were taught how to use our life jackets and were issued with our oilskins, Tall Ships t-shirts and wristbands. It was then time for some lunch, which we enjoyed on deck in the sunshine.

After lunch we tidied away and got ourselves ready for the parade of sail. There was a slight delay as some of the larger square riggers were unable to leave port. This gave us some extra time to kill which we spent getting to know each other.

When it was time for us to leave for the parade, we motored out of Fredrikstad with everyone waving us off. We were given a gun salute as we left. Heading 10 miles down the fjord we were surrounded by amazing views of beautiful scenery and wonderful ships.

Later on we arrived at a small bay called Skipstadsand where we moored alongside Tecla, Morning Star, and Black Diamond.

The crews from Black Diamond and Morning Star came on board for banoffee pie and strawberry cheesecake. After making friends with some other trainees, we went ashore to explore the island before heading back to Leader for some sleep to prepare for a new day of sailing.

Fergus, Port Watch.