Tall Ships Organisers Visit Maloy

In August 2008, The Tall Ships Races visited Maloy, in Norway. Organisers from Shetland crossed the North Sea to meet their Norwegian counterparts, and to learn more about the logistics of hosting the Races.

Maloy, the smallest port to host the Races organized an excellent event, attracting a large number of ships and visitors from the surrounding area to participate in the full cultural programme between the 1st-4th of August.

Highlights of the event included the Opening Ceremony which gave everyone the opportunity to learn more about the history and development of Maloy through the ages, the Crew Parade which took place during a gorgeous sunny afternoon and the closing evening performance of Status Quo followed by stunning fireworks set to music which illuminated the bay with a array of colours.

Due to Shetland’s historic twinning links with Maloy, Organisers had the opportunity to meet up with old and new friends from the port and local Event Organisers even managed to programme Shetland band, Fullsceilidh Spelemannslag several slots within the music festivities during the Races.

The band traveled with Shetland’s own sail training vessel, the Swan who made the voyage across from Shetland and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the trip and the Races in Maloy.

Fiona Dally, Event Coordinator from Shetland found the experience invaluable, as it gave her the opportunity to meet event organizers and take notes about the operations behind the event, meet with Captains and Crew and find out more about the Tall Ships Races, which have significantly grown since the Event was last in Shetland.

  • Fullsceilidh Spelemannslag in action  » Click to zoom ->

    Fullsceilidh Spelemannslag in action

  • A busy scene at Maloy  » Click to zoom ->

    A busy scene at Maloy

  • Boats at Maloy  » Click to zoom ->

    Boats at Maloy

  • Tall Ships at Maloy  » Click to zoom ->

    Tall Ships at Maloy