Astrid

Go to bookings and prices A spectaculair competitor. This Tall Ship has sailed under many flags, among others the Lebanese and English flag. With a length of 41,65 metres, the Astrid is the smallest Tall Ships in the fleet. But nonetheless impressive due to the large amount of sailsand yards. The Astrid has competed in many races, such as the Transatlantic Tall Ships' Race and the annual Heineken Race of the Classics. In 1996 this vessel was the winner in its class at the Tall Ships' Race and in 2003 the Astrid became third during the Hansesail-Regatta in Rostock. The ship won the second price in the Race from Illhavo to Funchal (Madeira):in the A class vessels categorie and overall winner. During 2010 the ship will join the Tall Ships Races again.

One of their trainees told us:
“I had a phenomenal time. Thank you so much Astrid. I will tell my friends to come and have a good time and have the most amazing adventure, the time of their lives. Face the challenges and take home wonderful memories and new friendships! Just come and DO IT!"



Accommodation

The Astrid has got two deckhouses. The stern deckhouse stores all navigation equipment and ocean maps, whereas the spacious front deckhouse has a cosy bar. On the lower deck you will find twelve two-person cabins, four of which can be used as a three-person cabin, five communal showers, six lavatories and a well equipped galley.
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Specifications

Shipping type: Brig
Homeport: Harlingen, NL
Date built: 1918 / 1924
Restored: 1999
Crew: 5
Capacity: 24 pers.
Daytrips: 65 pers.
Length: 41.65 m
Beam: 6.48 m
Draught: 2.65 m
Sail: 450 m2
Height of mast: 25 m
Engine capacity: Scania Ds 1402, 280 KW

History

The Astrid was built in 1918 as a freight logger in a Dutch shipyard. The ship was sold of due to the decease of the Swedish Captain Albert Edmund Frohm and the diminished demand for coasters of this seize. Since 1970 it sailed under the Lebanese flag and the wildest rumours were spread involving drug smuggling. Below the English coast a fierce fire aboard the ship ended the alleged practices. The pensioned English Marine Officers Graham Neilson and John Amos (from Class Yachts Endeavour) saved the iron body from the breakers. The Astrid was completely renovated and equipped with impressive brig rigging. Nowadays it has returned sailing under the Dutch flag.
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Morgenster EU-exchange - Log August 1st

When I woke up this morning and went outside, the first thing someone said to me was: ‘There were NO dolphins…. NO dolphins’. Of course they just saw dolphins and I missed them. Luckily a few minutes later there were a few as well so I got to see them after all. They day was pretty much the same as all the others with watch, lunch, happy hour. The wind couldn’t really decide whether it wanted to be here or not. Sometimes there was almost storm and a few minutes later there would be nothing. Therefore, had to adjust the sails a lot.

Special about today was the Dutch snack. We brought liquorish and stroopwafels. The Norwegians and Danish keep saying that we stole everything we say is Dutch. So they say that liquorish is from Finland. That they invented the cheescutter. Nasi of course is originally not Dutch but we changed it into something typical. The stroopwafels though, everyone liked them a lot.

We also had the Danish and Norwegian presentation. The Danish even used the beamer and made a powerpoint presentation. They had good tips about what NOT to do when you’re in Denmark. Apparently they have a lot of strange hand signs when they are cycling. They have a sign that says they are going to stop.
The Norwegians made a play about trolls. Three animals wanted to pass a bridge but there was a troll they had to pass. It was really funny to see them play the troll and animals. They also showed were they lived
on the map . And something really awesome: the distance between the southern part of Norway to the North is the same distance as from the Southern part to Rome.

After the Norwegian presentation they gave us ‘Boller’. They were really nice.
When the presentations were done we did a heads up on the murdergame. Almost everyone is already dead. There are just a few left. I’m curious who will win. I am already dead so it won’t be me.

Somewhere in between there was another drill. Noelle was hidden in one of the cabins and people had to go downstairs blindfolded and find her. On deck there was someone with a walkitalki to keep in touch with the people downstairs. It was a good communication practice.

- By Esther Brantjes

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