Ships from Denmark to arrive in the Virgin Islands
March 17, 2017 – The Spanish Galleon sailing ship, El Galeón Andalucia, offered more than 2,000 Virgin Islands students an opportunity to tour its five decks. Now, three more Danish ships are set to arrive in the coming weeks for the Centennial events and activities.
The Danish Government and Mr. Soren Blak, from the Danish Council, would like to extend two wonderful opportunities for students and teachers to visit and engage two very different types of vessels that will be in the Territory in commemoration of the Transfer Centennial. While both types of vessels are designated warships, they are used almost exclusively to train young cadets to become professional sailors and officers.
The sailing vessels Svanen and Thyra are 60 ft. Bermuda sloop rigged international open-ocean racers that will be competing in this year’s St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR) March 24-26. These smaller boats are ideal for older students, juniors and seniors, who have a career interest in the naval or maritime services, industry or are involved in similar programs at your respective schools. The tall ship Danmark, is scheduled to arrive in St. Thomas March 28 and remains there until April 1 when she arrives in St. Croix. At 234 ft. it is a much larger training ship and international nautical ambassador for the Government of Denmark. This is more in line with visitations similar to that of the tall ship El Galeón. It can handle larger classes and a variety of interest levels. We highly encourage the Danmark for general interest public visits for students.
Here are the tentative tour dates and times for visits:
Ship(s) Location Dates Times
VANEN/THYRA Yacht Haven Grande 20-21 March 10:00-3:00
DANMARK Crown Bay 29-30 March 10:00-4:00
DANMARK Christiansted, St. Croix 1 April Tentative
These dates and times are subject to change. Please stay tuned to your local radio and television stations for updates on the visit schedules. You may also contact to your local team at the VI Centennial Foundation (VICF) or 340 Group VI (340GVI) for assistance at (340) 244-3590 or (340) 513-8191.
VICF and 340GVI are proud to partner with the VI Transfer Centennial Commission and our local Danish representatives and societies to bring additional maritime educational opportunities to our local students and the general community.
We thank you in advance for your interest and participation. Please visit our website www.vigiftshop.com
to view our Centennial commemorative products.