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Kotka (FI) - Turku (FI)

16 July - 18 July 2017

2 days, Santa Maria Manuela

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Tall Ships Races

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Santa Maria Manuela:
Kotka (FI) - Turku (FI)

16 July - 18 July 2017

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– The Tall Ships Races 2017 – Cruise in Company. 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 activities organised for all the vessels and the crewparade and crewparty. Open for all Windseekers and nationalities age 15-25 years Prenight and 2 afternigts possible, 60 EUR p.p. (B&B) Places at request via info@windseeker.org.

Programme Outline

The Tall Ships Races is the biggest annual sailing race of the year – and it’s been happening for over 6 decades now! 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. Ships from different countries, a lot of them with international crews, 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 Santa Maria Manuela you will be a part of the crew, meaning you will have the chance to join many on-board activities. 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, practicing seamanship skills and learning the art of navigation, guided by the professional crew. And you will sail to win the race!

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)

Key points

  • Dates: 16 July 2017 - 18 July 2017
  • Embarkation: 12:00 / Disembarkation: 10:00
  • For Windseekers of all ages, minimum age 15 years
  • Windseekers joining: maxium of 50
  • 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
  • One-off registration fee €25
  • Windseekers need to have a health insurance and a travel insurance
  • French Windseekers need to become member of Les Amis des Grands Voiliers
  • Contact your fellow-Windseekers via Windseeker facebook
  • You will sleep in a bunk/cabin
  • Ang (25) Malaysia

    "I conquered the fear of climbing up high."

  • Boukje (15) Netherlands

    "I felt like a free human. Everything I did felt so good."

  • Tan (17) Turkey

    "If you believe and push yourself there is nothing you can't do."

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