Days of Yore
Artemis registers for 2014 Tall Ships Race
HARLINGEN _ Dutch-based, Norwegian-built Artemis (photo) is the first vessel to register for the world’s biggest sailing event: the 2014 Tall Ships Race. The event starts in this northern Dutch port and will lure 80 odd classic vessels in a race linking 4 ports in the Netherlands, Norway and Denmark. Organizers always need young hands for at least half of Tall Ships crews must be people aged 15-to-25. If you have what it takes, contact your national Sail Training International organization!
Artemis’ early registration shows the intense interest in the event. Named after the goddess of the hunt, Artemis was built in Norway in 1926 for whaling purposes and sailed until the late 1940s in the North and South Polar Seas. In the 1950s, she was converted into a freighter and sailed between Asia and South America until she was no longer competitive and decommissioned. In 2001 the Artemis she was remade into the elegant sailing ship she once was. In the hold, where many a whale had been skinned, you now find 16 comfortable cabins with shower and toilet.
The 2014 North Sea Tall Ships races begin in Harlingen July 3 with pre-race festivities. The first leg starts July 6 and the races finish in Esbjerg, Denmark, after making stops in the Norwegian ports of Fredrikstad and Bergen. Tall Ships races have been world-class nautical and educational events since the mid-1950s. They introduce young people _ no sailing experience required! _ to ocean sailing in big, classic vessels guided by a professional crew. It’s about teamwork and discovering other countries and cultures. And making friends and partying. And learning the difference between a bark, a brigantine and a schooner.
Can you sweat that? On average, 80 to 100 sailing vessels take part in the training and competition events. Vessels and their crews compete for the Trophy for International Friendship and Understanding.
The term “Tall ship” generally denotes a large, classic, sailing vessel. Sail Training International has popularized the term and created some order in the chaos. Today there are 4 classes: A class vessels are longer than 40m. B, C and D class craft are from 9.14m to 40m. The definitions have to do above all with the rigging: class A is for square sail ships; B for “traditionally rigged” ships and C for “modern rigged” vessels without “spinnaker-like sails.” Class D Tall Ships are like C-class vessels but with a spinnaker. See you in Harlingen!