The Crew Center
Richard Adrian (24) is a crewmember on the ship «Guayas» from Ecuador. He thinks everybody’s been very nice and helpful. He climbed the stairs to Fjellstua, and was amazed at the beautiful view. They managed to visit Atlanterhavsparken as well, and shopping for souvenirs.
Both Richard and his mates love playing football, so placing the crew center next to Color Line Stadium was a really good idea.
The have enjoyed their stay in Ålesund, and mention meeting new people and learning about new cultures as the highlights of the experience. Unfortunately “Guayas” had to retire from the race from Belfast.
Lauranne Maisonneuve and Héline Ungerman are crew on the ship “Pen Duik VI” from France. They’ve only been to the crew center once, but really liked it. Both think the volunteers are friendly and helpful. Their ship didn’t join the race from Belfast, but will be setting sails for Kristiansand in the next round.
Nina Hélene Lyngstad (20) was a volunteer at the Crew Center. They worked five hours shifts during the three days the center was open. She worked at the crew party and had a really good time. If the opportunity came along she’d be eager to volunteer again, and thinks experiencing such a big event from “behind the curtains” as truly amazing.
Anne Grete Juliebø was the manager for the Crew Center during The Tall Ships Races. She’s been somewhat “a mother on shore” for some of the crew, especially those who’ve been away from home for a long time. The center has been a safe place for the crew. Fewer people visited the center than expected, maybe the center was placed too far from the city core she says.
Photo: Sofia Haglund
Text: Therese Brunstad and Sofia Haglund