Race 5 of Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta. International exchange of 35 days with young sailors from all over the world. Step on board at the 30th of July for the final race of this transatlantic challenge. Be a part of the crew to race Gulden Leeuw back across the Atlantic Ocean to Le Havre, France. On board you participate in the daily working of the ship alongside professional seamen, standing lookout, manning the helm, helping in the galley, hoisting sail and voluntarily have the chance to climb the rigging/mast. Trainees who like to learn more about navigating and working in the engine room are at the right ship this leg! Arrive in Le Havre on the 31st of August, and expect a very warm welcome. Enjoy the festivities in the final host port of the Rendez-vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta. Disembark on the 2nd of September.
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Halifax, the capital region of Nova Scotia, is a lively and colourful combination of urban and rural living at its best. Governor Edward Cornwallis and 2,500 settlers created Canada's first permanent British town here in 1749, on the shores of the world's second largest natural harbour. The historic downtown waterfront areas of Halifax and Dartmouth are perfect for discovering on foot, while the other communities around the harbor are accessible by public transit or car. Halifax is a modern port city with lots of heritage and culture. The entire Halifax region will delight you with an array of entertainment, museums, galleries, historic sites, fine restaurants, and lively nightlife.
32 Days at Sea
Le Havre, France (disembark)
Le Havre de Grâce was founded in 1517 by King François I on the right bank of the Seine estuary. Essentially a military port, and also with fishing and trading activity, Le Havre was made a naval base in the 17th century. From this point le Havre grew and became known as France's Gateway to the Ocean. During the 2nd World War, le Havre was the French city which sustained the most severe damage. It was also the city which was best rebuilt after the war.
Auguste Perret, one of the greatest architects of that period was responsible for the reconstruction. Le Havre (Auguste Perret), as well as Chandigarh (Le Corbusier), and Brasilia (Niemeyer), are among the world's few cities associated with a great architect.
Le Havre is home to the André Malraux Museum, which offers a comprehensive overview of European painting from the 17th century to the present (including French, Flemish and Dutch painters). Particular emphasis is placed on the late 19th century and early 20th century periods. The collection includes works of Dufy, Eugène Boudin, and Monet.
In the middle of the 19th century, Le Havre was the leading French port for whaling and the construction of whaling ships. The city's Maritime Museum enables visitors to explore the historical roles of whaling and ship building in le Havre.