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“AN ADVENTURE THAT CHALLENGED ME, LEFT ME WITH FANTASTIC FRIENDS AND LET ME SEE AMAZING THINGS.”

Kotka (FI) - Turku (FI)

15 July - 22 July 2017

7 days, Morgenster

From € 680,-

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International Exchange Tall Ships Races Sail Training

15-25: € 680,-
25+: € 880,-

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Morgenster:
Kotka (FI) - Turku (FI)

15 July - 22 July 2017

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– The Tall Ships Races 2017 – Cruise in Company. International exchange – Every year a “Cruise in Company” leg is part of The Tall Ships Races. This leg is not a competitive event, but a cruise of friendship and adventure, giving the ships a choice of alternative sailing routes. The Cruise in Company leg is always suitable for crew exchange between participating vessels, it’s a chance to gain new experience and friends among the Tall Ships. The route between the ports Kotka and Turku leads throught the most beautiful archipelago of the eastern region of the Baltic Sea. The leg ends in the city of Turku, oldest city in Finland and one of the oldest in all of the Nordic region. There you can join the ctivities organised for all the vessels and the crewparade and crewparty. Open for all Windseekers and nationalities age 15-25 years

Programme Outline

The Tall Ships Races is the biggest annual sailing race of the year. The 2017 edition will be the 61st event and is scheduled to take place on the Baltic Sea, in 5 ports in 4 different countries. Join Cruise in Company, a more relaxed leg of the event, which will allow you to take in the sights and enjoy more laid-back sailing. Ships from different countries are scheduled to take part, making it a truly multicultural event and a great place to make sailor friends from all over the world.

As a Windseeker Trainee on board the Morgenster you will be a part of the crew, joining your peers on watches day and night, and taking an active part in sailing the Ship. You’ll be hoisting sails, steering the ship, practicing seamanship skills and learning the art of navigation; you can even climbing the masts if you want – all that guided by the professional and friendly crew.

The International Exchange program is a great mix of sail training adventure and multicultural experience. With many nationalities on board you will enjoy national dinner parties, debates, games to bridge the cultural differences. During the International Exchanges there will always be a professional sailing crew present to steer the Ship safely to the port, while mentors will organize your activities and be there if you need someone to talk to.

You will be divided into watches and work on the Ship in shifts of 4 hours on, 8 hours off. That means two watches per day: one in daytime and one in the night, as the Ship doesn’t stop sailing when it gets dark! 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. Warning: saying goodbye won’t be easy!

Ports

Kotka is located in the gulf of Finland and is a major Finnish port on the Baltic Sea. You can experience its long maritime traditions by visiting the Maritime Centre Vellamo with the world's oldest ice-breaker, and if you have more time, stop by the aquarium with a big exhibition of local, baltic sealife – maybe you will even get to see the feeding done by a diver! Climbe the Haukkavuori tower for a view of the town and seaside and take a refreshing stroll through the Sapokka Water Park.

Turku is a Finnish city dating back to the XIII century. Join in the ships' spectacular route through the Turku Archipelago before being brought right into the middle of the city on the banks of the Aura River. Walk the cobblestone streets, visit the medieval castle, Forum Marinum maritime centre, or one of many art museums. Take a stroll down the river bank to find your favourite little restaurant or cafe.

  • Kotka (FI)

  • Turku (FI)

Sponsorship and costs

The youngster price (agest 15-25) will be € 680,-

If you have not sailed Tall Ships Races before, please contact us for fundraising possibilities and bursaries.

Key points

  • Dates: 15 July 2017 - 22 July 2017
  • Embarkation: 17:00 / Disembarkation: 10:00
  • For Windseekers of all ages, minimum age 15 years
  • 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
  • One-off registration fee €25
  • Windseekers need to have a health insurance and a travel insurance
  • Need to take with you on board: sleeping bags and towels
  • French Windseekers need to become member of Les Amis des Grands Voiliers
  • Contact your fellow-Windseekers via Windseeker facebook
  • You will sleep in a hammock/bunk/cabin
  • Myriam (20) Belgium

    "TAKE CHANCES. IF YOU DON'T TRY, YOU'LL NEVER KNOW."

  • Nina (20) Norway

    "My trip in a few words: Sailed, tried new things. Big ship. Seasickness. Spent a lot of time on the sea."

  • 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"

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