Radich is a Norwegian full-rigged ship, named after a Norwegian
shipowner. The vessel was built at Framnæs shipyard in Sandefjord,
Norway, and was delivered on 17 June 1937. The owner was The
Christian Radich Sail Training Foundation established by a grant
from an officer of that name.
The vessel is a full-rigged three-masted steel hull, 62.5 m long,
with an overall length of 73 m including the bowsprit and a maximum
width of 9.7 m. She has a draught of about 4.7 meters and a
displacement at full load of 1050 tons. Under engine power,
Christian Radich reaches a top speed of 10 knots, while she can make
up to 14 knots under sail. The crew is 18 altogether. She can
accommodate 88 passengers.
Christian Radich is well known through the international release in
1958 of the Cinemiracle widescreen movie Windjammer. Christian
Radich sailed to the United States in 1976 as part of the
Bicentennial Celebration, and partook in the Operation Sail parade
in New York Harbor on 4 July 1976. The ship also appeared as herself
in the 1970s BBC TV series The Onedin Line, as one of James Onedin's
The vessel was built for training sailors for the Norwegian merchant
navy, and did so for many years. Since 1999 the ship has been on the
charter market as well as sailing with paying trainees to foreign
ports on summer trips, participating in the Cutty Sark Tall Ships'
Race and large sail events in European ports. She won on corrected
time in both Class A and overall tall ship in 2007, and was the only
class A vessel that crossed the finish line.
Christian Radich won the first race of the Tall Ships Race 2010 in
Class A, from Antwerp to Skagen in Denmark, a distance of 787 km
(489 mi) just under 2 days with an impressive average speed of 10.2
knots, with the corrected time of 1 day 4 hours 29 minutes and 44
seconds, and won the overall race 2010, making this her 5th victory
in the Tall ships Race.