Erasmus+ International Exchange during the Tall Ships Races. Theme: Exploring coastal waters. Only for young people age 15-25 years from the following countries: The Netherlands, France, Norway, Finland, Hungary and Italy. Get together with your fellow trainees and mentors in Frederikstad, Norway. You will spend two days getting to know each other before boarding the Ship as a group. On board the professional crew will teach you everything you need to know about sailing a Tall Ship, while the mentors will organise a cultural and educational programme with environmental theme. This will be the reduction of plastic use/clean oceans. Finally you will reach the port of destination, where you can expect a large maritime event, with many Tall Ships from different countries, a Crew Parade, Crew Party, games and competitions. The first 2 days (11/12 and 12/13) of the voyage you will have programn in Frederikstad and will sleep 2 nights in a hostel. At the 13th you will continue the voyage at the Morgenster. These 2 nights at hostel will be included the boardprice. Open to Windseekers aged 15-25 (26-28 at request via email@example.com). Additional fees may apply due to the necessity of becoming a member of partner organisation of your country (up to EUR 50).
Once again in 2019 the Tall Ships from all over the world will come together to compete in the 63rd annual Tall Ships Races.
The Cruise in Company is a more laid-back leg of the event, where speed doesn’t matter so much and you will have the time to enjoy the leisurely sailing. This year you will explore the stunning Norwegian coast on the way from Fredrikstad to Bergen. Take in the surroundings and enjoy sailing with your fellow trainees before joining the port events.
As a Windseeker you will be a trainee on board the Morgenster. Under the watchful eye of professional crew members you will be responsible for sailing the Ship from setting and trimming the sails, through looking out for other vessels, to navigating and steering. You will have day and night watches, and also some time to relax and enjoy the journey!
By entering the International Exchange program not only will you sail the high seas with your peers but you will also learn about other cultures and customs. With many nationalities on board you will enjoy cultural dinner parties, debates and games to bridge the cultural differences. Aside from the professional sailing Crew, during International Exchanges there are mentors on board to help you adjust to the life on a Ship and organize the additional activities.
The Ship doesn’t stop when the night comes, that means that you will be working day and night to reach your destination! 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. You will stand lookout, navigate, man the helm, cook and clean – and you do it all as a team. By the time you reach the destination port you will be like a family.
100km south of Oslo, Fredrikstad is a coastal town, on the East side of the Oslofjord. Fredrikstad has a mix of old and new – The ‘Gamlebyen’ Old Town is a well-preserved star fort, across the water from the modern waterfront. Visitors can also visit the 16th-Century Kongsten fort, or Scandinavia’s largest model railway. Frederikstad will be a host port for the Tall Ship Races 2019.
Bergen is the gateway to the Fjords of Norway and a well-established cruise port. It’s an international city packed with history and tradition, a big city with small-town charm and atmosphere. Stroll around old streets and alleyways, and mingle with the crowds at the Fish Market. Saunter along the listed wooden buildings at Bryggen to the old fortress at Bergenhus, or call in at one of Bergen’s museums and galleries. The panoramic views of the city, the fjord and the ocean are breathtaking.
Sponsorship and costs
The youngster price (age 15-25) will be € 875 instead of the normal price of € 1375.
Potential reimbursement of your travel cost to- and from the ship will be possible. Maximum transfer costs will be between 180 EUR-275 EUR (depending on the country of origin and travel distance). 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dates: 11 July 2019 - 23 July 2019
Embarkation: 17:00 / Disembarkation: 10:00
For Windseekers 15-25 years, age 26-28 at request
Participating countries: open for Windseekers from the Netherlands, France, Norway, Finland, Hungary and Italy
Windseekers joining: maximum of 35
No sailing experience required!
Official language on board: English and Dutch
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
Nina (20) Norway
"My trip in a few words: Sailed, tried new things. Big ship. Seasickness. Spent a lot of time on the sea."
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"Teamwork is the key"
Keshan (17) UK
"It was cosy and comfortable, but hard work and exciting."
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