European Union Exchange during Tall Ships Races: Race 1 – Youth voyage (15-25 years). This voyage will start in Esbjerg (DK) and you will sail to Sunderland (UK) and back to Esbjerg. The Tall Ships Races begin in Sunderland with an opening festival, after which you will race back to Denmark. Besides Sail Training you will also join an intercultural program with games and each day a typical dinner from one of the participating countries. Make international friends, learn how to handle the Ship, stand watch together with your fellow trainees. The beginning and end of this journey is in Esbjerg which means you can buy a return flight. The participating countries for this European Exchange are: Denmark, Netherlands, UK, Sweden and France. Applications are open for Windseekers aged 15-25 only, ages 26-28 at request: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Tall Ships Races is the biggest annual sailing race of the year. The 2018 edition will be the 62nd event and is scheduled to take place on the North Sea between 4 ports in 4 different countries.
In this voyage you will take part in Race 1 from the UK to Denmark. Take part in opening celebrations, meet your fellow trainees, and then wave goodbye to spectators on land and set course across the North Sea. Expect a warm welcome in Esbjerg, with Crew Parties, parades and many other activities.
As a Windseeker Trainee on board the Morgenster you will be a part of the crew, meaning you will join your peers on watches day and night, and take active part in the life on the ship. You’ll be hoisting sails, steering the ship, climbing the masts (voluntarily) practicing seamanship skills and learning the art of navigation, guided by the professional crew. And you will sail to win the race!
The International Exchange is a very special type of journey where connecting to people from other cultures is as important as sailing. Aside from doing everything to sail the Ship to the destination port, you will enjoy additional cultural activities such as national dinners, debates and games.
While the professional Crew will ensure your journey will be safe, during International Exchanges there are also mentors on board who will organize your activities and help you adjust to life on board.
The Ship sails day and night and that means you will have to be there to navigate it! You will be divided into watches and work in shifts of 4 hours on, 8 hours off. That means two watches per day: one in daytime and one in the night. Don’t worry, your sleep pattern will soon adjust. The language on board will be English – simple English. Most of your activities will be carried out as a team. By the time you reach the destination port you will be like a family. Saying goodbye won’t be easy!
Esbjerg is a beautiful coastal city in the South-West of Denmark, with the second biggest harbour in Denmark – a lively place full of fishing and shipping activities. You can observe the town's maritime history in its attractions: from the Fisheries- and Maritime Museum, Esbjerg Skibet statue to the Men at Sea monument, everything brings you back to the sea. Visit also the Ribe Vikinge Center, a fun outdoor museum where you will meet the Vikings themselves!
Sponsorship and costs
The youngster price (age 15-25) will be € 925 instead of the normal price of € 1520.
Potential reimbursement of your travel cost to- and from the ship between Euro 170 to 275 possible if the voyage receives additional funding from the EU Erasmus+ program. (Note: any compensation will occur after your trip and can take a substantial amount of time due to administrative processes).
If you have not sailed in Tall Ships Races before, and your age is between 15-25, please contact us for fundraising possibilities and bursaries: email@example.com
Dates: 6 July 2018 - 20 July 2018
Embarkation: 17:00 / Disembarkation: 10:00
For Windseekers 15-25 years, age 26-28 at request
Participating countries: Denmark,Netherlands, UK, Sweden and France.
Windseekers joining: maximum of 35 trainees
No sailing experience required!
Official language on board: English
Price includes: accommodation and meals, excludes drinks at the bar
Price excludes transportation costs to-and from the ports. Our travel counsellor can advise you and book your transfers
Windseekers need to have a health insurance and a travel insurance
Need to take with you on board: sleeping bags and towels
Windseekers from the Netherlands need to become member of STAN
French Windseekers need to become member of Les Amis des Grands Voiliers
Tan (17) Turkey
"If you believe and push yourself there is nothing you can't do."
Annette (18) Denmark
"I have met new people, been up in the mast, seen indescribable sunsets and laughed a lot. Learning how to sail a ship has been the coolest thing I have done so far and I have confidence in what I do now"
Epp (20) Estonia
"The nicest moment WAS ARRIVING TO CADIZ, WHEN WE SAT ON THE MAST WITH THE ENTIRE TEAM, WEARING OUR TEAM SHIRTS AND SINGING LOUDLY TO LET PEOPLE KNOW WE'RE COMING."
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