Events in 2024

2024 will be another exciting year for Statsraad Lehmkuhl. The usual hectic sailing season from April to September will be replaced by a demanding shipyard stay. Instead of the summer voyages, we offer five exciting trips for the public in the autumn, perfect for all adventure seekers! During the summer, tickets for One Ocean Expedition 2025 – 2026 will also be made available on our website.

The sailing year starts with a great event! On 14 January we celebrated Statsraad Lehmkuhl´s 110th birthday!

At the end of January, we set sail for the big, annual winter voyage with cadets from the Norwegian Royal Naval Academy.

In mid-April, the ship will be at port in Bergen for the newly established One Ocean Week, a huge event with conferences and public events, all with topics about ocean research and sustainability for the ocean.

After the One Ocean Week, the ship is ready for a couple of voyages to Shetland. One of them, a five-day roundtrip Bergen-Lerwick-Bergen, was initially chartered exclusively to a college, but there were fewer student participants than planned.

It is therefore a great pleasure to be able to open up the ship and offer the remaining tickets to other sailor-friends! This will be the only open voyage this side of the summer, so be quick if you want to secure your ticket!
Link to voyages here.

End of April, Statsraad Lehmkuhl returns to the dry dock at Laksevåg in Bergen. During the five-month stay at the shipyard, Lehmkuhl will undergo the most extensive upgrades in over 20 years.

We are already looking forward to set sail and return to the open sea in October, when the young cadets from the Dutch Royal Naval Academy muster on Statsraad Lehmkuhl for the sixth time! On board they will undergo training in leadership and traditional seamanship and learn how to sail the big vessel.

In October and November, we can finally open the ship to the public! The five exciting autumn trips to France, Spain and Ireland are all great opportunities for adventure-seekers to challenge themselves and experience the raw beauty of the ocean in its most authentic form!

In October 2024, several voyages will finally be open to the public! Photo: Malin Kvamme

The One Ocean Expedition 2021 -2023 has set a new course for Statsraad Lehmkuhl. As a recognized part of the UN’s Decade for Ocean Research, the ship will embark on a new, grand expedition in the service of the ocean from April 2025 to April 2026. Some of the legs will be open to the public, but it is not yet clear which ones. We aim to put the tickets out for sale on our website during the summer of 2024.

Sailing route One Ocean Expedition April 2025 – April 2026. Subject to change.

Haakon Vatle, CEO of the Lehmkuhl Foundation and expedition leader for the One Ocean Expedition, is excited about 2024.

– In 2024, it is 110 years since Statsraad Lehmkuhl was launched and she is therefore one of the world’s oldest sailing ships in active operation. It makes us immeasurably proud that this 110-year-old sailing ship sets the course for the next 100 years with more relevance than ever before.

– We are primarily a training vessel, but for the time being, we want to have even more focus on also being a research vessel. We have immensely exciting plans for the future. 2024 will be a demanding year, with a long, expencive shipyard stay. But it is bearable when we know that it is crucial for the upcoming years’ expeditions, and knowing that our beautiful ship can make a positive difference for the ocean, for people and for the future generations.

– We will strengthen this in the coming years, and we hope to bring even more supporters on board to be able to realize the fantastic potential that the ship has on the ocean, and for the ocean, Vatle says.

Haakon Vatle teaches the crew in shanty singing on a trip to Shetland. Photo: Malin Kvamme

Photo below: Malin Kvamme, Ronald Toppe

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