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Sun 03-07-2022, 17:00Fécamp, France Sat 09-07-2022, 10:00Esbjerg, Denmark Morgenster 6 NightsMS030722

550 Nautical miles

Participate in the Fecamp Festival as you sail into the English Channel. Keep an aye out for lots of tall ships heading the same way as you to Esbjerg for the Start of the Tall Ship Races 2022

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Morgenster is one of the best for your first tall ships experience. She is small enough not to feel overwhelmed, but big enough to try everything you find on a square sailed tall ship.


  • Fecamp Festival
  • Tall Ships spotting at sea
  • multi national crew
  • Esbjerg hosts the Tall Ships Race start for 2022
  • Great sailing

Painting By Robert Antoine Pinchon – Wemaëre – de Beaupuis Enchères, Rouen, Hôtel des Ventes des Carmes, Public Domain,


Vessel type / Rig Brig
Guest Berths 24
Beam 19.6ft
Draft 8ft
Deck Length 125ft
Overall Length 151ft
Tonnage 159 tons
Year Built 1919
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Voyage Description

Man at Sea

Man at Sea, photo by JorindeFTS – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,


Morgenster is one of the best for your first tall ships experience. She is small enough not to feel overwhelmed, but big enough to try everything you find a square sailed tall ship. This 7 day sailing voyage gives you a bit more than a taster with scope for night sailing, more than one or two ports and anchorages to stop at and is very good value for money. 

Fecamp has history.
William the Conqueror prepared and started his invasion of England in tiny gap of the Normandy chalky cliffs.

In 2022 they organize  a huge maritime event in the same weekend that you embark. So it will be quite busy and interesting if you like traditional sailing vessels.

You meet the crew and fellow travelers on board. After a decent meal and some instructions most of you will have a look at the busy port.

Next morning we leave the port, set sail and work ourselves to Dover where we say good bye to the Channel with  its bright water.

Over the north Sea we sail along between large wind farm and dense traffic, most motor vessels. But the closer we get to Esbjerg we may meet more sailing vessels, some of them the largest of the world, making their way to the start of this years Tall Ship Races in Esbjerg.

In the harbour of Esbjerg the fleet of sailing vessels is growing and the crew are welcomed by the town. We enjoy excursions, sport events and parties for several days before we disembark on Saturday morning 9 July.


"Morgenster and another tall ship"
Morgenster and another tall ship



This July voyage in the Eastern end of the English Channel and the southern part of the North Sea in July is unlikely to have strong winds and big waves but with the weather nothing can be guaranteed.


Whether you are an experienced sailor or a complete beginner, the professional crew will train you to be guest crew from the moment you arrive, with the intention that everybody works together to sail the ship. The common thread to all Classic Sailing holidays is ‘Hands on’ participation on ships that use ropes, blocks and tackles and ‘people power’ to set sail.


We cater for a wide range of ages and physical abilities and how much you are expected to do varies a bit between vessels. See the vessel tab above which explains all about the ‘sailing style’ and what to expect in terms of hands on participation. There is a lot of information about day to day life, the ships facilities and accommodation on the vessel pages.


Every customer sailing with us will need to fill in basic medical questions on their booking application. If you are not sure if your current level of fitness and agility are up to a voyage, then please ring the Classic Sailing Office on 01872 58 00 22 and we can chat through your concerns and possibly find options that might suit you better.



Start & End Port

Fécamp, France

Fecamp has been a port since Roman times. It is North of the River Seine and the Ferry Port of Le Havre is only 35 km away. It is about the same distance from Dieppe in the other direction. Historically a herring fishing port and home of whalers in the 19th century, Fecamp has deep seafaring roots.

Esbjerg, Denmark

Make sure you have a note of the ship’s number found in your final confirmation for any problems joining your vessel in Esbjerg.

Kit List


  • Sailing Instruction
  • All meals to include refreshments throughout the day
  • Duvet, pillow and sheets
  • Hand towels

What is not Included

  • Waterproof jackets and trousers
  • Alcoholic drinks but there is a bar on board

What to Bring

Suitcases take up a lot of room in a cabin, so it is better to uses soft bags in a ship. A small rucksack for going ashore is useful.

  • Morgenster does not supply waterproof jackets and salopette type trousers. Please bring your own waterproof clothing.
  • A mix of warm and wind proof clothing.
  • Lots of thin layers is better than one thick layer in cold destinations.
  • In tropical countries - long sleeves and long trousers to protect you from the sun 
  • Footwear on board needs a good grip and soft soles- the decks are wood or steel.
  • Ashore stout, waterproof walking boots are best if you are in remote places.
  • Morgenster has European 2 pin sockets 240 V
  • Cameras, chargers and video recorders
  • Binoculars are handy for bird watching etc.
  • Suntan lotion, hats, sunglasses
  • Dont forget any regular medication, persciption glasses and spare
  • Euros for bar bill
  • Passport, travel insurance, tickets etc
  •  To get ashore is usually by dinghy so be prepared to get wet feet. Rubber boots or quick drying sandals - depending on the location.


Online Reviews


I loved it.

I loved everything about my week. The crew were fantastic, the ship was beautiful, the singing on the deck was great fun, the dolphins were around a lot. It was brilliant!

Least enjoy - Nothing.

Why do I Sail?

I love the ocean and have always loved boats. For this particular voyage I was also researching a children's book involving mermaids and pirates!

Liz K sailed in 2017


What was the best bit?

Climbing in the rigging, unfurling the sails on the yardarm. 
The cameraderie between the paid and guest crew was second to none. A fantastic atmosphere. Singing in the evenings on deck accompanied by guitar and trumpet. New Year on St Lucia, we celebrated the New Year 3 times (once for Dutch/European time, once for GMT and once for Caribbean time).
The sun glinstering off the ocean surface like a thousand shards of broken mirror.......flying fish like small humming birds skimming over the surface of the water, dolphins on New Years day: what a start to 2019!
Too wonderful to describe, a life changing experience, I want to pack in my job and sail the world! (making plans now) - Carol from Caribbean Season 2019. 

Great experience, will definitely be doing it again.  Climbing the rigging was the best bit. 'First time' sailor. John M July 2018

"Thank you for a very nice trip, some hours on Kattegatt this afternoon. Beautiful boat, nice and joyful captain and crew. I loved it! Wish you all a really nice trip during Tall Ships Races. And I would love to join again someday for a longer trip." Camilla A. June 2017

Thank you Harry, Mariann and all your wonderful crew for an amazing week on Morgenster. Great food Will, such patient climbing instruction Michelle, fun birthday outing Evy and lovely guests from 80 to 22 years old. So many highlights but sailing at night with sparkling dolphins at the bow was truly breathtaking!" Sue G.

Just returned from 11 days sailing round Cape Verde. The whole experience was exceptional - friendly, knowledgeable and caring crew; wonderful sailing (the 4am night watch experience was particularly magical!); interesting trips exploring the islands; and great food." Julia G-F

The View from Aloft by Virginia Spencer
The View from Aloft by Virginia Spencer

Thank you Harry, Marian, Joost, Rene, Hessel & Willie for a fantastic week's sailing. I'll be humming sea shanties and saying "o nay!!!" for days! I really hope to sail with you again. Happy New Year" Kerry Mc C.

Had a fantastic trip around Cape Verde, Jan/Feb 2016. Lovely crew, felt like a family. Thanks to you all xxxx. Really special people and a holiday to remember. My penguins X" Louise G

What a fantastic time, thanks to everyone on the Morgenster both crew and passengers hope to see you all again, maybe next year?" George Mc L

Harry, Marian and their crew make your stay on board the Morgenster wonderful!" Aleike K

What was the best bit?

The trip was fabulous. The crew were incredibly supportive and even helped me overcome enough of my fear to get out onto the first yard. I felt that I was included in everything and that my contribution, however small, was appreciated. The food was excellent and there were plenty of drinks and snacks throughout the day. We had gorgeous weather all the way. I really enjoyed it. - Caribbean Season 2019 by Amanda G. 

Vessel Gallery

Tall Ship Morgenster in action and images. Photos from Classic Sailing customers, ships crew and professional photographers. We hope it gives a flavour of her sailing, life on board, the people that come, her beautiful sailing grounds and what it is like to live below decks.

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