Bergen’s Tall Ship sets speed record

The graceful old sailing ship Statsraad Lehmkuhl, one of Norway’s three best-known Tall Ships, won another distinction this week. Never before has a sailing ship sailed so far in such a short time as Statsraad Lehmkuhl did on Sunday. The vessel won this year’s Tall Ships Races in August, but that victory almost pales in comparison to […]

Tall Ships winner proudly sails home

A Norwegian sailing vessel won the top prize in the annual Tall Ships Races once again, and was escorted home to Bergen on Friday, surrounded by a flotilla of small boats. With crew members mounted and singing on the masts, the Statsraad Lehmkuhl sailed into Bergen with another trophy in the baggage on board. The vessel […]

Sailboat crew caught in wave ‘inferno’

Four Norwegian men who were sailing a 44-foot boat across the Atlantic said they were caught in an “inferno” of 15-meter-high waves after sailing into a storm hundreds of kilometers southwest of the Azores. They were rescued by helicopter during the night after drifting at sea for 10 hours. “We had looked forward to arriving in the Azores, […]

Navy drops use of classic ‘Tall Ship’

One of Norway’s three most famous tall-masted sailing ships, the Christian Radich, faces winter lay-up after the Norwegian Navy (Sjøforsvaret) decided to stop using the vessel for traditional training exercises. The vessel has been used by naval officer candidates to hone their sailing skills, but now the training program is being dropped in an effort to […]

Air space closed over Bergen

Norwegian civil aviation authorities closed the air space over downtown Bergen on Saturday at the urging of Norwegian police. Flights were forbidden over the area in order to help gain control over the air space in the wake of heightened concerns about a possible terrorist attack in Norway. It’s the middle of the summer tourism season […]

Tall Ships sail on, despite terror threat

PHOTO FEATURE: Dozens of the most graceful and historic vessels in the world have been sailing along Norway’s coast this month, as the annual Tall Ships Races called first at Fredrikstad in the south and then, this week, sailed into Bergen. The Tall Ships Races scheduled for this weekend unexpectedly coincided with heightened security around the country […]

Huge Færder regatta may change tack

Norway’s annual Færderseilasen has long ranked as one of the largest regattas in the world, and around 700 boats gathered in the inner Oslo Fjord on Friday as the first class of racers readied to set sail around noon. The number of boats taking part in what’s known as “Færder’n,” though, has declined in the […]

Norway’s sailor king

A new book about King Harald V has been released just in time for the Christmas shopping season. It offers some fresh insight into the Norwegian monarch’s great passion for sailing, even describing how he’s been knocked unconscious in the middle of a regatta. He didn’t let that blow, or others, spoil the chance sailing […]

Tall ship stands tall after 75 years

She’s been a movie star in the role of the Windjammer, sailed in nearly all the Tall Ships Races and won many of them. Arguably the tallest of Norway’s Tall Ships, Christian Radich is celebrating her 75th anniversary this weekend, and all year long. Even Crown Prince Haakon was taking part in the main celebration Friday […]

Huge regatta sets sail

Around 900 sailboats with 6,000 sailors on board were positioned in the inner Oslo Fjord on Friday to start sailing south to the lighthouse at Færder. They’re all taking part in the annual regatta known as Færderseilasen, and King Harald would be among them. Norway’s 75-year-old monarch, an avid sailor who took part in the […]