Norwegian ship cruises to victory in tall ships’ race

norway-bergenIt may have been built in 1937, but the Oslo-based ship Christian Radich still had the legs to win the first stage of Norway’s annual Tall Ship’s Race, according to Aftenposten. The three-masted sailing vessel crossed the line ahead of its rivals at Maloy, on the west coast of Norway, after sailing from Liverpool.

Einar Corwin, director of the foundation that operates the Christian Radich, said the victory was important for both the ship and her crew. The Russian ship Mir arrived at Maloy second, followed by the Alexander von Humboldt from Germany. The other two Norwegian tall ships competing in this year’s race, the Sorlandet of Kristiansand and Statsraad Lehmkuhl of Bergen, finished the first stage in sixth and ninth place respectively.

The tall ships will remain moored in Maloy’s harbour for a few days until they head down the Norwegian coast to the city of Bergen. From here, the second stage of the Tall Ships’ Race will take them to Den Helder in the Netherlands on August 12.

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