Great sailing experiences awaits you on the full-day courses 'Learn to sail Viking' in the Viking ships 'Helge Ask' and 'Kraka Fyr'. The Viking Ship Museum offers full-day courses for those who wish to learn how to sail a Viking ship. This will be the real deal when the participants go aboard the Viking ships 'Helge Ask' or 'Kraka Fyr' to learn about square sails, tack, bowlines and all the other concepts associated with the Viking ship.
Helge Ask is a reconstruction of the small Viking warship, Skuldelev 5, and was built by the museum in 1990-91 of oak, pine and ash.
Kraka Fyr is a reconstruction of Skuldelev 6, a fishing and cargo vessel from the Viking Age, and was built at the Viking Ship Museum boatyard in 1998.
Both ships were constructed using the very same methods, materials and tools used by the Viking boat-builders and the ships are about as close as it is possible to get to the original Viking ships.
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 15 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 2014:
'Learn to sail a Viking ship' in Helge Ask:
Saturday 14 June 2014 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 6 September 2014 10:00 - 16:00
'Learn to sail a Viking ship' in Kraka Fyr:
Saturday 24 May 2014 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 9 August 2014 10:00 - 16:00
Price: DKK 800,00 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.