The course will provide the participants with a thorough introduction to sailing with square sails, which is very different from sailing on modern sailing boats. In contrast to Bermuda sails and gaff sails, the square sail is placed in front of the mast, and it often requires some getting used to for sailors with experience from the more modern types of rigging.
The Viking ship’s special design will also be reviewed during the course, and the ship’s cordage will be introduced. The entire course will be based on practical exercises on Roskilde Fjord and before leaving the museum harbour, the participants will be provided with a brief introduction to safety precautions and life vests will be distributed.
A full day of course in sailing Viking ships offers new experiences for both the novice sailor and he who seeks new challenges.
Helge Ask has room for 16 participants and there will be 4 crew members on board.
Kraka Fyr has room for 10 participants and there will be two crew members on board.
The full-day courses 2017
'Learn to sail a Viking ship' in Kraka Fyr:
Saturday 17 June
Saturday 26 august
Saturday 9 september (OBS: this course is being held in Danish, and participants are required to understand Danish)
Saturday 16 september
'Learn to sail a Viking ship' in Helge Ask:
Saturday 1 july
Saturday 12 august
Price: DKK 1100,00 DKK per person incl. lunch and mineral water.
The course will commence at 10:00 with a brief introduction on land, after which the remainder of the course will take place on the waters of Roskilde Fjord. The course will end at about 16:00.
The course will only take place if there are enough participants, and the Viking Ship Museum reserve the right to cancel in the event of bad weather (too much wind) or too few participants.
No previous experience of sailing Viking ships is required.
Tickets can be booked through the museum’s booking office on weekdays, 10:00 to 15:00 by telephone +45 46 300 253 or by e-mail:booking(at)vikingeskibsmuseet.dk.
At the booking, please give us information about your name, address, phone number and your email address.
Always something to experience at the Viking Ship Museum:
Five ships - 1000 years of history
The museum's exhibitions are modern storytelling about the Vikings and their ships