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November 1, 2010

Media Advisory                                                                                                                        Media Contact:
For Immediate Release                                                                                                                            Pat Vargo, Norfolk Festevents
October 14, 2010                                                                                                                                          P: 757.441.2345
                                                                                                                                               E: vargop@festevents.org
WORLD’S LARGEST THREE-MASTED BARQUE FROM NORWAY MAKES RETURN VISIT TO NORFOLK


Norfolk, Virginia, October 14, 2010:  On Thursday November 4, 2010 the unique and majestic 96-year old Norwegian tall sailing ship “HNoMS Statsraad Lehmkuhl” is scheduled to arrive in Downtown Norfolk at 9 am, docking at Otter Berth next to Waterside. The ship will depart on Friday, November 5, 2010.  
Arrival will be immediately followed at 9:30 am with a dockside public welcome ceremony.  The public is invited to tour the ship on Friday, November 5, from noon – 4pm; school groups can reserve a private tour from 10 am – noon.

The Statsraad Lehmkuhl is sailed by the Royal Norwegian Naval Academy’s first year officer cadets, who are participating in leadership training and teambuilding during the trip. The cadets also get a strong foundation of basic seamanship during their weeks onboard. Stripped of modern communication technology, the students are forced to work together to overcome the timeless challenges and dangers of travelling the seas by sail. Statsraad Lehmkuhl has been part of the basic training program since 2002, whereby the Royal Norwegian Navy leases the ship for several months every year.

Norfolk has become a favorite port of call for the ship and her crew; this will be the 6th consecutive year that the ship has called on Norfolk as part of their sail-training schedule. The port visit is sponsored by Norfolk Festevents, Ltd.

The City of Norfolk and her community leaders will officially welcome the HNoMS Statsraad Lehmkuhl on Thursday, November 4 with a flag-raising and dockside ceremony scheduled to take place at Otter Berth in Downtown Norfolk, Virginia.  Lake Taylor High School’s NJROTC Color Guard will carry out the flag-raising ceremony beginning at 9:30 am.

School Tour Schedule: Friday, November 5, 2010, 10 am – noon. Please contact Hank Moseley with Festevents, at 757-441-2345 ext.3019 or moseleyh@festevents.org for more information and to arrange for school tours. Schools must provide their own transportation to and from Otter Berth. Ship tours are free.

Public Visitation Schedule: Friday, November 5, 2010, Noon – 4 pm. Ship tours are free and open to the public from Noon – 4 pm only.

Facts & History: HNoMS Statsraad Lehmkuhl
• The Barque ‘Statsraad Lehmkuhl’ is from Bergen.  It is a three masted Barque, launched in 1914.  She was built by JC Tecklenborg, Bremerhaven, Germany and is Norway’s oldest and largest sailing vessel.
• Overall Length: 98 metres (321.522309711’)
• Length of Hull: 259’
• Rig: Three-masted barque
• Height of Rig: 158’
• Beam: 12.6 metres (41.338582677’)
• Draught: 5.2 metres (17.060367454’
• High Carbon Steel Hull
• Carries a crew of 125 (100 training)


For more information on events, including hours, park regulations, and parking can be found by visiting www.festevents.org or calling 757.441.2345.

All events are produced by Norfolk Festevents in partnership with Port of Virginia. AT&T and the City of Norfolk are proud sponsors of the 2010 Season, with support from over 300 local, regional and national sponsors and contributors.

Norfolk Festevents is a private not-for-profit organization dedicated to producing premier concerts, festivals, ship visits and special events for residents and guests of Hampton Roads. Celebrating its 28th season, Norfolk Festevents has garnered international acclaim for its outstanding quality programming.  Norfolk Festevents is the official event marketing and production agency for the City of Norfolk.

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