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Join TS Maybe on this adventure from Oban, through the highlands and across the North Sea to Denmark. This is a voyage of spectacular scenery as we navigate the western isles, the Pentland Firth and North coast of Scotland before crossing the North Sea and meandering our way through the shallow Limfjord to arrive in Aalborg for the Tall Ships festival.
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On a sailing voyage we never use the word itinerary, as skippers will always be aiming for the best sailing and shore landings for the forecast and most idyllic or sheltered anchors and ports. They are as keen as you to include some of the highlights describe, but you have to go with Mother Nature, not fight her. The description below is based on what we think might be possible, based on past trips, or experience, but nothing is guaranteed on a sailing voyage.
Sail to the start of the Tall Ships Races 2019 and enjoy a mile-building adventure over the top of Scotland and across the North Sea along the Limfjord and finishing in Aalborg. As you make your way out of Oban, there will be plenty of opportunity to explore the Outer Hebridean island, before sailing through the Pentland Firth and past the Orkneys.
Begin in Oban, the gateway to Scotland’s Western Isles exploring the Hebrides and possible islands such as Skye, Canna, Rum, Eigg and Muck, before sailing through the Minches and exploring ashore wherever practical.
If you have never sailed through the Pentland Firth you have an exciting experience ahead of you. The tides are strong as the North Sea fights the Atlantic for dominance around Cape Wrath, near John O’Groats, the most northerly headland of mainland Scotland.
Rounding the top of the UK, it may be possible to call into Kirkwall on the Orkneys but it all depends on the weather, timing and the Captain’s decision on how well the voyage is progressing.
Once over the top of the UK, it will be time to start the 500 nautical mile passage across the North Sea and along the Limfjord and into the final stop of Aalborg. This crossing is around five days of sailing.
Aalborg has had a love affair with The Tall Ships Races since 1999 where the city hosted the event for the first time. In 2004, 2010 and 2015 Aalborg once again had the honor and pleasure of being host port. All of the events have been highlights in the history of Aalborg.
Situated at the Limfjord where it was founded by Vikings more than 1000 years ago Aalborg is both a historic and modern city. These days the port has been transformed into a recreational oasis where parks, restaurants and cultural attractions which in addition to the Limfjord make for a very popular place for tourists and citizens alike.
You will be arriving into Denmark for two nights in port to join in the festivities as the Tall Ship Races 2019 begin. The fleet of tall ships will arrive together on the first night (3rd July) and the following evening will be full of crew parades and crew parties. A great way to celebrate your achievement of bringing Tall Ship Maybe all the way from Scotland and across the North Sea.