Tallinn Maritime Days invite you to discover the Seaplane Harbour

The Tallinn Maritime Days are being held this year from 13-15 July. The event is the biggest free family and maritime party in Estonia , offering a range of exciting activities at all three ports in the city – but one of the biggest attractions this year is the recently opened Seaplane Harbour and hangars. The harbour is also offering a great cultural programme and is once again ready to host seaplanes.

Aini Härm, head of the Tallinn Culture and Heritage Department, which is in charge of organising the Maritime Days, says that the best thing about the event – which is being held on such a grand scale for the fifth consecutive year – is its diverse cultural programme, which always tries to take into account people’s different tastes.  The programme at the Seaplane Harbour is exceptional for its midnight concert by Siiri Sisask and performance by Lenna and her band.

 

Sisask says that she will be performing old and new songs alike, mostly in Estonian, at the exclusive concert to be held on the Friday night during the Maritime Days. “Every concert I give is different, because every new place or audience makes my songs breathe in a new way,” she said. “I believe that this attractive combination – the fascinating interior of the hangars, the great acoustics and the piano – will also offer me exciting opportunities and sounds, and I’m sure I’ll discover something new for myself!”

The charismatic Lenna has not taken to the stage in Tallinn since her great performance in the ‘Estonian Song’ competition earlier in the year. The Maritime Days will make up for this, and bring Lenna and her band back at 8.00 pm on Saturday 14 July. Vaiko Eplik – who wrote most of the songs on Lenna’s self-titled album and who is the owner of the recording label Mortimer Snerd Records – will join the band in addition to other new members. “The result will be a blindingly good, very loud pop concert at the Seaplane Harbour!” promised band member Reigo Ahven.

Tallinn Bay will also be busier than last year. In addition to open-water swimming at the Seaplane Harbour on 14 July and the finish of the 55th Moonsund Regatta at Peetri Harbour in the Noblessner Quarter, the Tallinn Race sailing regatta also returns to the Seaplane Harbour to present the new, superfast F18 catamaran to the public.  The Seaplane Harbour will once again host seaplanes after a break of 65 years. The seaplanes, which have been invited over from the Nordic countries, will moor by the floating wharf and on the slip.

The captains will also demonstrate how they take off and land on water. The seaplanes that are to land in Tallinn (if the weather is good) will be able to be seen on all three days of the festival. “We hope that the weather’s kind to us, because seaplanes can only land on the bay if the waves are less than 30 cm high,” explained Vice Mayor Taavi Aas, who is the head of the organising committee of the Maritime Days.

The Seaplane Harbour will also be home to some historical old ships during the Maritime Days. The renovated schooner Hoppet is being displayed to the public for the first time. It is believed to be the only preserved schooner built in Estonia before WWII, making it extremely important from the viewpoint of national maritime heritage.

As always, there will be small ships sailing between the Passenger Port, the Seaplane Harbour and Peetri Harbour (tickets costing €2); various vessels will be open to visitors; and there will be a fish market and a fish-gutting and fish soup-making competition. There will also be tours and workshops, and a conference entitled ‘Great Ideas at the Seaplane Harbour’.

The Estonian Maritime Museum has set a special price for tickets to the hangars at the Seaplane Harbour for the duration of the Maritime Days – just €3. The hangars will be open from 2.00-8.00 pm (Friday 13 July), 11.00 am-8.00 pm (Saturday 14 July) and 11.00 am-7.00 pm (Sunday 15 July).

The main organisers of Tallinn Maritime Days, which are being held at the Passenger Port, Seaplane Harbour and Peetri Harbour in the Noblessner Quarter, are the Tallinn Culture and Heritage Department, the Port of Tallinn, the Estonian Maritime Museum and the Estonian Historic Ship Society. The main sponsors are Viking Line Eesti OÜ and the BLRT Group, while its cooperation partners are Balbiino, A. Le Coq, Clarion Euroopa Hotel, the Estonian Yachting Union, ESS Kalev Yacht Club, Jazzkaar, the Estonian Maritime Administration, the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board, the Estonian Swimming Federation, Noblessner, Alfons Håkans, the Information Centre for Sustainable Renovation, Tangosadam Tallinn, City Marina and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Estonia.

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