2019 Races

Rona II, will visit five ports in four countries, and undertake two challenging races, making the 2019 Tall Ships Races one of the highlights of the Rona Sailing Project’s 2019 Programme.

Rona II will depart Universal on June 20th and be delivered by the first delivery crew to Ijmuiden (North Holland, in the Netherlands) by the 27th. A second crew will then sail her from Ijmuiden to Aalborg by July 4th and hand her over to the first of the two race crews.

The first race crew will race from Aalborg, Denmark to Fredrikstad, Norway. Then, a stunning cruise-in-company along the coast of Norway to Bergen, with visits to waypoints on the Skagerrak and North Sea. A second race crew will take over in Bergen and there will then be a nail-biting race back to Aarhus, Denmark.

Rona II will depart Aarhus on August 2nd and be delivered to Dover by August 14th. A final delivery crew will then sail her from Dover to our home base at Universal by August 21st.

More details on Rona II’s programme for the Races can be found in the 2019 Calendar.


The host ports



Denmark has hosted the Tall Ships Races four times since 1999…this will be its fifth. Cultural Aalborg is the fourth most populous city in Denmark, and is located in the north of Jutland.


Following two successful events, Fredrikstad will be hosting for the third time. The city has a long shipping and maritime history, and boasts the stunning Outer Oslo Fjord archipelago.


Bergen is extremely proud of its status as a UNESCO World Heritage City. It boasts an enviable location surrounded by seven mountains, and has a positive reputation as a festival city. Bergen has hosted the Tall Ships Races four times previously… this will be its fifth.


Aarhus has a long-standing relationship with the sea, and it can trace its maritime history back to the Vikings. The city is committed to encouraging young people to get involved with sail training – it also has a dedicated program for those with disabilities.