From 20 – 23 June you can visit Den Helder’s tall ship event Sail. The sail in and out of the harbour are most spectacular, but unfortunately I can’t/couldn’t make that. Viewing the tall ships along the shore is just as fun. Beautiful windjammers from all over the world are showcased in full ornate. Whether they are authentic 18th century ships, replicas, or contemporary, they all are jaw-droppers.
You can also go on board of several ships, like the Dutch tall ship Stad Amsterdam. Although the clipper is only 13 years old, it’s still stunning with its wooden and copper details. The clipper is designed by architect Gerard Dijkstra on behalf of Randstad Holding and the municipality of Amsterdam. Dijkstra was inspired by a merchant ship from the nineteenth century, the Amsterdam (1854).
You’ll be amazed by the sailors who skillfully climb up and down the ropes. The sailors of the Götheborg ship are showing their tricks high up in the air as if they are circus artists. The Swedish ship Götheborg is the largest historic sailing ship that still cruises. She is a replica of a sailing ship from the 18th century. The replica of the ship was built in full 1:1 scale without any of the original drawings, tools or methods. In 1745 the original ship ran aground and sank just a few hundred meters from her home in Gothenburg.