Triple Tall Ships victory for Norway

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Three Norwegian captains could stand on the winners’ platform in Aalborg, Denmark this week, after claiming all the top spots in the first leg of this year’s Tall Ships Race. The Oslo-based Christian Radich came in first.

Captain Halvor S Hanssen could finally collect his prize after the Oslo-based "Christian Radich" won the first leg of this year's Tall Ships Race. PHOTO: TSR Aalborg/Baghuset

Captain Halvor S Hanssen of the Christian Radich was jubilant, after sailing from Antwerp, the starting port for the Tall Ships Race 2010. His vessel arrived in Aalborg on July 16 after an official sailing time of one day, four hours, 29 minutes and 44 seconds.

The two other tall ships from Norway, Bergen-based Statsraad Lehmkuhl and Kristiansand-based Sørlandet, also arrived on the 16th, but none of the three captains could claim their prizes after the last of the 62 vessels in the race had arrived at Aalborg.

Hanssen's ship under full sail.

Hanssen and his fellow captains Marcus Seidli of the Statsraad Lehmkuhl and Ivar A Mortensen of Sørlandet, had stormy winds in their sails, reported newspaper Aftenposten. The Statsraad Lehmkuhl placed second and Sørlandet third.

The Tall Ships Race is an annual regatta with port hosts also arranging major maritime events and parties, highlighted by sail-out parades of the vessels participating. The vessels were due to leave Aalborg over the weekend and proceed to Kristiansand, before the race ends in Hartlepool in the UK.

See earlier photos from on board Sørlandet here.

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