Shanty Voyage to Shetland Folk Festival
Following up on last years successes, we invite everyone who enjoy sailing and singing to join the Statsraad Lehmkuhl´s annual Shantytokt, as we head for the Shetland Folk Festival! Learn to sail and sing real shanty as we cross the North Sea! We arrive singing and become part of the music festival in Lerwick.
A shantytokt with Statsraad Lehmkuhl is a unique experience. We depart from Bergen 1st of May in 2019 and at the same time all of our trainees will be divided into different teams. Several of the teammates become friends for life after sharing experiences on Stataraad Lehmkuhl. After two exciting and learningfull days in the North Sea, with training in both shanty singing and sailing, we arrive in Lerwick and become part of the Shetland Folk Festival.
Shetland Folk Festival
Once a year, this popular festival fills Shetland's only city with thousands of music enthusiasts from many countries. Concerts are arranged on board the ship, a very popular attraction among both the locals and the trainees. You can also experience great concerts in sports halls or pop by the local pubs in Lerwick, where both international and local musicians meet for informal and cheerful jam sessions Not uncommonly, the trainees from the ship also join in with a shanty or two! The atmosphere during these informal pub concerts is very special and can be recommended to anyone who loves good music and good people!
Dramatic nature and strong ties to Norway
The dramatic and rugged scenery of Shetland is a tremendous experience in itself, and going on sightseesing, one is easily fascinated by the bold nature and the many historical traditions. Citizens in Lerwick have a strong and good relationship with Scandinavia, and coming from Norway, one feels very welcomed on the island. Both the Vikings stay 1000 years ago, but also the World War II, where "Shetlandsgjengen" in sailed 200 secret missions between Norway and Shetland, are important parts of the strong historical ties between Norway and the archipelago.
After 2 days in Shetland we set sail towards Bergen, as we keep our fingers crossed for nice sailing winds. You can challenge yourself by climbing the rig, if you want to. Everyone has watch twice a day with their regular teammates. The watches include that you mend the helm, stand look out, and more. During the night you sleep safely in hammocks, side by side with your teammates, as trainees have done on Statsraaden for more than 100 years. Most people experience this form of rest as very relaxing. Especially if it's windy, the hammock works like a gyro and reduses the movements.
Singing from the masts
It the old days there was a saying at sea that said "A singing ship is a happy ship". Shanties were the sailors ´work songs, and was ment to inspire them to maximum effort. Our own director, Haakon Vatle, is always on board for the Shanty-voyage as an singing instructor. He has sailed with Statsraad Lehmkuhl for many years and has in fact written Norway´s only master theses in shanty-songs! Under his leadership, everyone soon will sing shanties with great conviction! In the old days the arrival in the ports should be highlighted with loud singing. A powerful shanty from the crew showed everyone that on this ship was a good ship! At Statsraad Lehmkuhl we have picked up on thes tradition and we we return from always ´s Shanty-voyageWe always end the chanting tunes and entrance to Bergen with proud fellow sailors standing in the masts and singing singing shame for full neck! Only a rare time, when the weather is very bad, we must face this high point. Many of the companions say that exactly these impressions are some of the things they remember most from the trip. And many return, year after year, to experience the magic mood and tie new friendship ties with schatitokt with the State Council Lehmkuhl. We can not promise you good weather over the North Sea, but we can guarantee you this trip, you never forget!
Departure Bergen Wednesday 1 May 16:00
Arrival Shetland Friday 3 May, 09:00
Departure Shetland Sunday 5 May, 09:00
Arrival Bergen Tuesday 7 May, 10:00
Tickets for the concerts must be purchased separately.