Tall Ships Races 2019

In July 2019 my home town Fredrikstad had the pleasure of receiving a big number of proud, tall and beautiful ships. As being one of the hosts for the traditional Tall Ships Race.

You can read about this race / show in Wikipedia (starts in Norwegian but other languages can be selected in the left menu)

This is an awesome 'happening' for the city and both it's own citizens plus everyone coming from all over the country -and abroad. It's the third time Fredrikstad arrange this and it's getting more and more beautiful each time. Not only are there so many great ships to see but also shows and people and cultures from all over the world. Some real fun and adventurous days!

Here we see one big beauty being assisted into the city. Many of the biggest ships needed help -often from two -tugs through the narrow river to a safe docking.

Tall Ships Race 2019 - Album  |  Silya & the sailors - Album

Coming in

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The day before it all starts..

The day before it all started I had a little evening walk through the city to see some preparations. Here is one of more big stages getting ready.

The day before it all starts..

And the river was almost empty and quiet.. -for now!..

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Coming in

Heavy labor for a small -but strong ) -helper..

Coming in

A big one from Brazil are soon safely docked

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Shabab Oman ||

Right outside where I live I had the pleasure of having this big proud 'Shabab Oman ||' as neighbor.
I shot this from my porch )

Shabab Oman ||

The crew on Shabab Oman || was also great entertainers )
Exotic rhythms and tunes right outside my window 

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The crew parade

The crews from the ships did a fantastic parade through the streets. Some combined strict uniforms with a smile -like these from Oman

The crew parade

Others took it most seriously only! -like the crew from Mexico

The crew parade

The Brazilian crew was in real party mood!!

The crew parade

And making a carnival of it was also all ok! )
A fine and most various parade it was by crew members that came to both have fun together with us and present their beautiful ships.

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Night mood

Also at night the ships looked their very best -lovely atmosphere!

Fireworks on the last night

The last night before they left there was stunning fireworks to enjoy

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Silya & the sailors

From one of the concerts: -Silya & the sailors..

Silya & the sailors

-that lady is dynamite ) .. Great show!

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Tall ships Race 2019

Then we are waving bye bye to Shabab Oman || -our entertaining and nice 'neighbors' for a few days..
The big proud lady needed some help behind to stay clear of the riversides -beside that she glided away so very elegant!..


Below you can watch some short videos that gives an impression of the atmosphere when some other ships waved us bye when passing..

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Some more show on the dock before leaving

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Then the Shabab Oman || left us -as one of the very last of them all..

Tall Ships Race 2019 - Album

Silya & the sailors - Album

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Leaving Lofoten

Actually when writing this -Jan. 17 2019 -I'm on quite another trip than up north in Norway. I'm in a small hotel apartment in Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria. But we can't spend all the time on the beach, can we.. -so I still work on the many shots I took on my sept. 2018 road trip -and upload them from here as they come along....

Now the photos have reached the time when I left Reine in Lofoten (I've already added some shots from that beautiful place) -and head back the way I came actually -through the Lofoten islands -before heading back south -home..

I made a quick stop in Kabelvåg. A lovely small place in Lofoten -and took some nice photos in great light given by some dark clouds and deep blue sky in between them..

The next stop where I spendt another night is Narvik... I will write some more when photos from there is added.

These are the albums now where most of the shots from my Sept 2018 trip can be seen:

Travel North sept 2018 | Seascapes from Northern Norway | Landscapes from Northern Norway 2018

Kabelvåg

Isegran February 2018

Isegran is a small ‘corner’ by the Glomma river -in the middle of Fredrikstad city, Norway. A visit there almost never fails -so of course I take a little walk there from time to time. And this day; feb 22 2018 I was real lucky! Discovered a small area I had not seen earlier.. a big boathouse with an old boat wreck -and a small hut outside. Very nice for me and my camera!..)..
Most of the photos here can also be found in other albums.