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Antwerp (BE) - Lisbon (PT)

09 July - 24 July 2016

15 days, Alexander von Humboldt II

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International Exchange Tall Ships Races Sail Training

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Alexander von Humboldt II:
Antwerp (BE) - Lisbon (PT)

09 July - 24 July 2016

*No places available anymore* International Exchange: Journey for Windseekers from all countries. You will start in Belgium in Antwerp, during Sail Antwerp with all the fantastic activities. At the 10th of July Race 1 will start to Lisbon. With more than 100 vessels you will race to Lisbon! Besides sail training, you also will join an intercultural program. Make new international friends, learn how to handle the ship, and stand watch together with your fellow trainees and the crew. It promises to be an exhilarating journey. With crewparty and crewparade in Lisbon! For Windseekers age 15-25 years. If you like to join, please ask for the available places first via info@windseeker.org

Programme Outline

Race 1 of the Tall Ships Races 2016 starts in Antwerp where you will embark the Alexander von Humboldt II and will sail to Lisbon in two weeks. The 10th of July the fleet will leave port and they will arrive around July the 22th in Lisbon. First you’re going to explore Antwerp and enjoy the Sail festival. The next day you will leave port, and set sail to start the race. On board you will feel the wind, hoist the sails together with other trainees.

You will be divided into watch groups and work together as a team. There will be about hundreds of Tall Ships around you. After this sailing trip you will end in the famous harbour of Lisbon. Will you be the first one that crossed the finish line!? In Lisbon you will a join the crew parade with your fellow Windseeker and other trainees who have taken part in the race. But there is also time to enjoy a lot of historic things to find in the city, like the Alfama or the Lisbon Cathedral.


This city in Belgium is the capital of Antwerp province. With a population of 510,610 it is the most populous city in Belgium. Its metropolitan area houses around 1,200,000 people. Antwerp is on the River Scheldt, linked to the North Sea by the Westerschelde estuary. The Port of Antwerp is one of the biggest in the world, ranking third in Europe and within the top 20 globally. There is a theory about the name Antwerp: "The wharf where ships berth".

Lisbon has a long and varied history as a major trading hub, much of which is still visible in the old city centre. Discover Alfama, the old quarters with its many old alleys, steps and the Lisbon Cathedral. The famous tram line 28 will get you there – an experience in and of itself. And be sure to check out a fado concert if you want to learn about saudade – loss, yearning and comfort, all rolled into one. Emotions that all seafarers will get to know one way or the other…

  • Antwerp (BE)

  • Lisbon (PT)

Sponsorship and costs

Your Life on Board covers 17 days, starting on the 8th of July and ending on the 24th of July 2016. The normal price for this voyage is €1445. If you're from one of the partnering EU countries (Portugal, Belgium, Netherlands, UK, Norway, France and Italy) and 15 - 28 years of age, you are eligible for the reduced price of € 925. Price excludes drinks at the bar and transportation to and from the Ship. After the Journey's conclusion you may be eligible for a partial refund of transfer costs.

This special project of 17 days is organized by Windseeker in coordination with partners in 7 different countries. The European Union provides partial funding through the "Erasmus+" programme. This programme promotes cultural exchanges between young European citizens. Erasmus+ covers a daily fee and hopefully a part of the traveling costs. This, combined with money from other funds, enables Windseeker to offer you this Journey at a reduced price.

Key points

  • Dates: 9 July 2016 - 24 July 2016
  • Embarkation: 16:00 / Disembarkation: 10:00
  • For Windseekers of all ages, minimum age 15 years
  • Participating trainees already from”: DE, PT, BE, NL, UK, NO, FR, IT and from other countries welcome as well
  • Windseekers joining: 54
  • 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
  • Need to take with you on board: towels
  • Windseekers from the Netherlands need to become member of STAN
  • French Windseekers need to become member of Les Amis des Grands Voiliers
  • "Looking at the sea, and only sea, for so many days, clears the mind.  "

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Shipping type: Bark
Homeport: Bremerhaven (DE)
Date built: 2011
Trainees: 54
Length: 65m
Height of mast: 32,9 m
Sail: 1360 m2

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