EXPERIENCE THE TALL SHIPS RACES IN THE MARITIME TOWN OF MARIEHAMN
Be sure to book July 22-25 this year for adventure and fun on Åland! This is when the ships from the international sail racing competition The Tall Ships Races come to Mariehamn.
Many of the ships can be visited and there will be a myriad of events throughout the town. The town will blossom with life these four days, with lot of space and a fresh sea breeze, as the event tales place outdoors.
Feel the vibe of maritime Mariehamn, eat and drink, enjoy musical performances, participate in exciting activities and learn more about the adventure of sailing and maritime life. It will be obvious that The Tall Ships Races is here!
HOME OF THE WINDJAMMERS
Mariehamn has a long heritage of sea travels and makes a perfect host port for The Tall Ships Races. The race usually bring together up to a hundred ships, and during the event they will be berthed along side the dock in the western harbour.
Most ships will be open for visitors and it is all set for an enjoyable maritime atmosphere. Also, the trainees – the young crew from the ships – will help bring the international spice to this event.
Mariehamn, the home of many shipowners with large sailing ship fleets is like made for The Tall Ships. Several shipowners used to live in town and from the late 19th century until the first decades of the 20th century, large sailing ships were a common sight in the western harbour in Mariehamn. Shipping has laid the foundation for Åland's prosperity – they brought wealth back home and many Ålanders worked at sea.
POMMERN – PRIDE OF MARIEHAMN
Captain Gustaf Erikson with his windjammers dominated the sailing ship era from the 1920s until WW2. His ships sailed around the world, often with grain as cargo from Australia to England.
The tall ship Pommern belonged to Erikson's fleet. Today she is the only four-masted barque in the world in original condition. When in Mariehamn, go aboard Pommern and visit the unique collections of Åland Maritime Museum.
The Tall Ships Races – day by day
The vessels arrive in the western harbour of Mariehamn during the day. This is the finish of the race route Tallinn- Mariehamn.
Crew Parade and Crew Party. Crews and trainees present their cultural features when parading through Mariehamn.
Open Ships all day – visit the ships in the western harbour.
Launching of the traditional sail yacht Alanta in the Maritime Quarter of Mariehamn.
Parade of Sails and the start of the race to Szczecin, Poland.
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