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MONIQUE’S NEW HORIZON:

“Leaving Antarctica with a family of whales
around the SHIP.”


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Faqs

  • Practicalities concerning our unique sailing adventures

    Everything you need to know about making a booking for your next unique sailing adventure, payments, insurance, travel, etc.

  • How to book

    • Simply book your Journey by filling out the booking form on the website. We’ll need data like your passport details, address and birthday. These are necessary to provide harbour customs with a passenger list.
    • When you’ve submitted your booking, we’ll confirm by automatic reply.
    • We’ll send you a contract and health statement form within two office days. You’ll receive the invoice and a kit list by e-mail. Please read the contract carefully, sign it, and send it back within two weeks by post, e-mail or fax. Our address is: P.O. Box 16664, 1001 RD Amsterdam, The Netherlands. E-mail: info@windseeker.org, fax: 0031 847241451.
    • Within two weeks, we need to receive a deposit of 50% of the Journey rate.
    • Payment is possible by bank or cheque, unfortunately it’s not possible to pay by credit card. If you pay by cheque, the extra costs will be 18 EUR so please add this to the boardprice.  When possible pay by bank because that will be cheaper.Our bank details are: Bank account 9349588 / BIC: INGB NL2A / IBAN: NL90 INGB 00093495 88 (don’t worry, these details are also mentioned on the invoice).
    • When we have received the signed contract, health statement and the deposit, you are ensured of your Journey. We’ll send you definite acknowledgement by e-mail.
    • The last payment is due 2 months before departure.
    • When the last payment is fulfilled, you’ll receive the last details about your Journey two weeks before departure. For example, where the ship lies in the harbour and other important details.
    • Transfers from and to the harbour (the start and finish of your new horizons) are not included, unless otherwise mentioned. Please arrange this yourself.
    • Looking for fellow Windseekers? Just join Windseeker.org on Facebook and leave a message!
  • I don’t have any sailing experience, does that matter?

    No problem. Everybody can become a Windseeker. The experienced crew will teach you everything you need to know about life on board. From setting sails to navigating. If you’re not afraid of heights (or if you’d like to overcome your fear), you can climb the masts. Everybody helps with the daily duties on board, like cleaning the deck or assisting the cook in the galley. If you do have some sailing experience, you can help the other Windseekers, or learn new things like navigating, knotting, etc.

  • How can I pay for my Journey?

    You can try an international bank transfer at your bank (but all banks take bank charges).

    We suggest you to use: https://transferwise.com/ or http://www.xe.com/xemoneytransfer/uk/  It is free and you can pay in any currency. There are no bank charges at all with international payments.

    Windseeker bank details:

    IBAN: NL90INGB0009349588

    BIC/SWIFT: INGBNL2A

  • I just filled in the booking form, but I did not get the confirmation e-mail?

    Please check the SPAM or JUNK folder of your mailbox. Especially (unfortunately) with a Hotmail e-mailaddress the confirmation email ends up here. Let your mailbox know it’s safe. Then the next e-mails from us will arrive in your inbox.

  • What are your Terms & Conditions?

    Please read our Terms and Conditions here.

  • What insurance do I need for my trip and my stay on board? Am I insured during my transfer to and from the ship?

    A Windseeker is required to carry the following insurances:
    1. Medical insurance, for your home country.
    2. Travel insurance which covers medical expenses abroad, loss of luggage and third party liability.
    Each Tall Ship has a “Protection and Indemnity insurance” that covers you in the event you’re hurt by actions that the crew take (or fail to take).

    Your travel insurance will cover your Journey from home to the ship and back. Just make sure to include the travel days in the insurance coverage, not just the days you are actually on board.

    Tip: Windeeker has good experience with Top Sail Insurance. Top Sail Insurance is specialized in maritime insurance, and can cut you a tailor made policy, click here for more information.

    If for any reasons you cannot be insured by Topsail (country of residence, age, etc.), try the World Nomads instead or Bupa Global Worldwide Travel Insurance.

    If you are a Canadian citizen, please contact us so we can advise an insurance company in your country.

  • Can I get assistance with organising transfers to and from ports?

    We understand that finding and booking the best travelling options can be difficult. Please contact our travel councellor Manon Eeken if you’d like to get some help with organising your transfers. Manon is a sailor and a travel agent with 25 years of experience. Contact her at

    manon.eeken@travelcounsellors.nl +31 23 5762105

    Would you rather contact a travel counsellor from your own country?  Please look at www.travelcounsellors.com

  • What do I need to bring?

    Don’t panic. We’ve drawn up a basic Kit list to help you pack for your Journey. We also email this to you after your booking.

  • I have a Seamen’s book, can I use my Journey to build up sailing time?

    Of course! Just bring your Seamen’s book with you and inform the captain (or mate). When you are in your port of disembarkation ask your captain to sign it off (including voyage details needed).

  • Life on board

    The following entries will tell you about being a trainee and what it means to be out on the sea.

  • What is a trainee?

    When you set course on a Windseeker Journey, your official rank on board is that of trainee. A trainee is non-professional crewmember onboard a sail training vessel, sailing the vessel together with professional crewmembers.

  • How do I get in contact with other trainees?

    Go social! Join us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and get in contact with fellow Windseekers!

     

  • What is a Tall Ship?

    Well. It’s a big ship with loads of sails. No, seriously. For a good definition on what a Tall Ship is, visit the Sail on Board website.

  • What is Sail Training?

    Windseeker.org closely collaborates with Sail Training International. This renowned organization develops officially recognized Sail Training programs that will suit everybody’s profile. Sail Training stimulates participants to overcome many demanding challenges, both physical and emotional. It inspires self-confidence and the acceptance of personal responsibility. It promotes tolerance of others, whatever their social or cultural backgrounds, plus it develops a willingness to take controlled risks. Many participants in the Sail Training programs undergo a life changing experience,.

    Most sail training vessels are owned and operated by charities or foundations, schools, universities, governments or other institutions. They generally seek to reflect the breadth of social backgrounds in society at large in the crews they attract. Many have funding programmes to subsidise the participation of those who could otherwise not afford it. Some also run special programmes for those with physical, mental or social difficulties.

    Sail Training takes place all over the world and in many different types of vessels. Journeys on small vessels offer the intimacy of working in a small team. Different challenges confront those who undertake Sail Training on the huge and glamorous square-rigged ships, with much demanding work aloft as well as on deck.

    Sail Training is an adventurous activity for all ages and abilities. It includes instruction in all aspects of sailing but its purpose goes far, far beyond this. Sail Training uses the experience of being at sea principally as a means to help you learn about yourself, discover hidden strengths and talents and understand the value of working as a team. In some programmes today it forms the setting for much wider aspects of education at sea.

  • What is it like aboard a ship on the high seas?

    At sea, you keep watch. That is more than just looking out over the water in search of land! During watch, you are responsible for the ship, together with the rest of the watch-keepers and the professional crew. Manoeuvring, climbing the masts, setting the sails, making coffee or providing a snack. Usually, there is a three-watch system aboard.
    During an International Exchange, the watch-keepers are mixed as much as possible. Every watch-keeper has duty twice a day. For example, your watch could be from 08.00 to 12.00 hours and from 20.00 to 24.00 hours. On board, every day is different. The weather, the wind, the view. From sunshine to rain, and from dolphins swimming along the bow to a beautiful sunset: Windseekers know no boredom!

  • What is the language aboard?

    The language on board most ships is English (and sometimes a mixture of all nationalities present). The crew speaks English and most teaching and instructions are in English. If you’re not a native English speaker, we’ll just explain it again in a different way or we will look within the group for somebody to translate.

  • What is so special about an International Exchange?

    The nice thing about an International Exchange is that you not only learn about sailing and life on board, but also get into contact with other cultures and countries. Apart from sailing, there are daily intercultural activities like games, in which all Windseekers can participate. In the harbour, you’ll get the chance to meet Windseekers from all over the world. Together, you’ll lively up the crew parade (and have even more fun at the crew party afterwards).

  • Is there wi-fi on board? What about the cell phone reception?

    There is no wi-fi on board. If you participate in the Tall Ships Races or Regattas, you can use the Crew Center, which has wi-fi and computers available for the trainees.

    There is no cell phone reception once you’re farther than 20 nautical miles from the shore. Enjoy being offline!

    In case of emergency the Ships are equipped with a satellite phone – after all, safety comes first.

  • Unusual situations

    Are you a vegetarian? Old? Young? Short of money? If you’re wondering whether you can join our Sail Training programs, you might find the answers below.

  • I'd like to sail but I don't have enough money. Can you help me?

    Windseekers don’t give up! We realise that Sail Training might be an expensive adventure for some so we have prepared a handbook on how to raise the funds for your journey. That way not only will you get the satisfaction of gathering your own money for the trip, you will also improve your entrepreneurial skills! Download the document Windseeker Fundraise Handbook.

     

    Young Windseekers can apply for the Oman Bursary scheme. It has been established in 2011 in cooperation with the Sultanate of Oman. Each year young people between 15 and 25, who would like to join the Tall Ships Races or Regattas for the first time, can apply for the coverage of the journey costs – up to €500. 100 people are awarded the bursary every year, enabling disadvantaged youth to join in the Sail Training experience.

    For application form and more information email info@windseeker.org

  • I’m going alone, is that a problem?

    No problem. A lot of people travel by themselves or with a couple of friends. It’s all part of your Journey! On a tall ship, getting to know other people takes very little time. Especially when you keep watch together. During International Exchanges there are different nationalities in one watch, which creates diversity and a lot of fun. Windseekers make friends for life!

  • I follow a diet , is this a problem?

    No, this is not a problem if you let us know when you’re booking.
    For A-class Ships it’s more easy to take account of a diet than for B- or C class Ships.
    When you are a vegetarian it is possible to take account on almost all of the ships.
    Halal prepared meat is possible on the big A-class Ships, like the Statsraad Lehmkuhl and the Christian Radich. If you are vegan please contact us first so we can contact the ship first and see if they can prepare the right food for you.

  • I am pregnant, can I join?

    It depends on which Ship and which leg you would like to sail with. Not every Ship is sailing nearby a harbour or hospital, so because of the risks of pregnancy it may lead to problems on board. Please contact us to confer about the Journey and /or the Ship.

  • Am I too old to join Sail Training adventure?

    No! Sail Training is for everyone who loves sailing on Tall Ships – or who would like to try it! As long as there are no health-related contraindications and you are reasonably fit – you’re welcome on board.

    Some Ships/events have additional age restrictions which will be clearly visible in the journey descriptions.

  • I am 14 years old, can I join the Tall Ship Races?

    No, the minimum age for the Tall Ship Races is 15 year.
    But have a look at other Ships that are not participating the Tall Ship Races.

  • I am doing my Duke of Edinburgh/International award and was wondering if I can use sailing during the Tall Ships Races as my Residential?

    Yes you can! Sailing on board one of the Tall Ships is an approved activity for your Residential, Gold Level. During the Tall Ships Races, you’ll become part of the crew, as a team you will sail the ship and experience loads of new things. Sailing during the races is not only a ‘holiday’. It is a training as well! If you mention your Residential in your application, the Captain will have the necessary papers on board and will be able to help you fill them out.

  • I am a student on an International School doing my IB. Before graduating I have to find an activity for my CAS, can I use sailing during the Tall Ships Races?

    Yes you can! Out of Creativity, Action and Service you can use only one component, or you can organize a special project and combine two elements. Please contact us through email with your question and we can help you out with ideas for a fun and educational project! Organizing a project together with your class is also a possibility.