Draken Harald Hårfagre decided to strive forward and continue to Tall Ships Celebration Bay City

Sailing outside Greenland in May 2016

Press release July 12, 2016

Despite the struggle with the pilotage fees Draken Harald Hårfagre and her crew has taken the decision to go through with the Tall Ships Celebration in Bay City.

-There is not room in our budget to go futher west into the Great Lakes, but we can not let the people in Bay City down. The Tall Ships Celebration in Bay City is just days away and the planning is in it’s final stages, it would be great dissapointment for us and more importantly to the people we already commited to, says captain Björn Ahlander.

There is still no solution to the fact the project does not have the funding to pursue the whole expedition in the Great Lakes. We wanted to be able to bring the ship to the people. We are overwhelmed with the interest and engagement people have in our project and we will fight to continue this expedition. 

-We are still not able fund the pilotage, unless we find a solution we are unfortunately forced to leave the Great Lakes. The fees are just not possible for a project like Draken Harald Hårfagre to pay, says owner and curator of the project Sigurd Aase.

Press release from July 11, 2016 http://www.drakenexpeditionamerica.com/2016/07/12/draken-is-forced-to-leave-the-great-lakes-and-the-tall-ships-challenge-2016/

Press Contact: Sarah Blank, +1 207 409 4162, sarah@drakenexpedtionamerica.com

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