Tall Ships Races 2017 Race 3. International exchange for all ages. Join the Gallant on the Race from Klaipeda to Szczecin. This is a Sail Training Journey with Racing and enjoying the festivities in the ports. Meet your fellow Windseekers from different countries, and after a brief instruction you’re on your way, racing against other famous Tall Ships! On board you participate in the daily working of the ship alongside professional seamen, manning the helm, helping in the galley, hoisting the sails. Sail and meet exciting people of different ages and backgrounds from all over the world! For all Windseekers, minimum age 15 years.
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 Race 3 from Lithuania to Poland, where the finishing celebrations will take place. Take part in Crew Parties and Crew Parades, and the award ceremony. Meet sailors from many countries and exchange your sea stories. You might even make lifelong friendships – and for sure, lifelong memories!
As a Windseeker Trainee on board the Gallant 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, practicing seamanship skills and learning the art of navigation, guided by the professional crew. And you will sail to win the race!
Klaipéda is a city in Lithuania on the Baltic Sea coast. The city has long maritime traditions – it even hosts its own Sea Festival in July! – and its architecture bears influences from several different cultures (French, German, Swedish). Take a walk down the Friedricho pasažas, visit the reconstructed Meridianas ship, find the quirky Golden Mouse sculpture and visit the Clock Museum.
Szczecin in North-Western Poland has a deep commitment to sail training. Discover the Underground City Trails: a network of bunkers from WWII with their unique atmosphere. If you’re more of an outdorsy type, take a canoe along the Odra river or explore Bukowe Hills which hide the ruins of old bridges and are home to numerous boars and deer. Visit one of many museums or the Castle of Pomeranian Dukes or the beautiful rose gardens.
Dates: 31 July 2017 - 7 August 2017
Embarkation: 17:00 / Disembarkation: 9:00
For Windseekers of all ages, minimum age 15 years
Windseekers joining: maximum of 16
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
Contact your fellow-Windseekers via Windseeker facebook
You will sleep in a hammock/bunk/cabin
Max (17) Germany
"The wind increased and when we took down some sails, I felt the adrenalin rush through my body"
Jet (31) Netherlands
"As crew, there is nothing better then standing back and seeing the trainees do all the work and do it perfectly!"
Mark Quirijn (24) Netherlands
"It has been a wonderful experience. And I have found two incredible friends."
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