Sailing an Archipelago of Ideas. Join the Tall Ships Races and Erasmus+ International Exchange together in one voyage! For young people aged 15-25 (26-28 at request) from: The Netherlands, Hungary, Finland, Italy and Estonia. Join the international group of young people to compete in the famous Tall Ships Races while learning about the environment and each other’s cultures. Steer the ship, navigate, fish for microplastic in the Baltic Sea; discover beautiful places. Search the waves for wildlife, play games, sing, laugh and make amazing memories! Start your adventure with the Dinghy fundraising and coaching program to meet your crew mates early and raise money for the journey. Additional fees may apply due to the necessity of becoming a member of partner organisation of your country (up to EUR 50).
About the Journey
Join the Morgenster for a very unique voyage: Exchange@sea during the Tall Ships Races. Learn to sail a Tall Ship, contribute to plastic research of the sea, make friends from different countries - all while participating in the famous event. Race other ships for the trophy and expect spectacular events in the ports: Crew Parade, Crew Party, competitions, fireworks and many trainees from different countries! This adventurous journey is fully-packed with fun activities on board and on land.
Meet a marine biologist from By the Ocean we Unite and learn to get water samples from the sea. Analyze the microplastics, learn about marine ecosystems, brainstorm solutions for leading more sustainable life. With so many people from different countries, it's impossible to predict what you might come up with! The mentors on board will organise intercultural activities, games and discussions, and make sure everyone is feeling right at home.
The ship sails day and night, and so will you! Divided into watches, you will take shifts with other trainees and crew. Soon you will know how to steer the impressive Tall Ship, trim the sails, navigate, make knots and so much more. Sounds daunting? No worries, you won’t even notice when you’ve started to take more and more responsibilities on board and soon you will be sailing the Morgenster with confidence.
No budget? No worries! The Windseeker Dinghy will help you get on board. The program, much more than just a fundraising training, is part of your preparation and included in the Exchanges. Raise money for your journey, supported by an experienced coach. Learn new things about yourself and gain life skills. It is also a great way to connect with other trainees. Let us know at booking if you’d like to take part. It's a good idea, really. Regardless of financial reasons. Join Dinghy and get going!
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.
Mariehamn is the capital of Aaland Islands, an autonomous archipelago off the coast of Finland. The town has maritime ties, seen when visiting the Aaland Maritime Museum and the impressive Pommern museumship. Don’t miss the old Maritime Quarter with its old fishermen houses and boats. With less than 12,000 inhabitants Mariehamn has a cozy and friendly atmosphere.
Sponsorship and costs
Participants of this journey are enrolled into the Windseeker Dinghy Program for free in order to raise money for their own journey.
The subsidized price for this journey is EUR 995,- per trainee, instead of the regular price of EUR 1,780.
Windseekers from the Netherlands, Hungary and Finland need to become members of their countries' Sail Training Associations for a small fee (usually up to EUR 30-50).
Possible reimbursement of your travel costs to- and from the ports. The maximum possible amount is: for the Netherlands 275; Hungary 275; Finland 180; Italy 360; Estonia 180.The exact amounts will be confirmed at a later date, depending on the EU funding.
The reimbursement will take place several months after the journey and is conditional on Erasmus+ grant (to be confirmed).
Dates: 7 July 2021 - 24 July 2021
For Windseekers 15-25 years, age 26-28 at request
Participating countries: open for Windseekers from The Netherlands, Hungary, Finland, Italy and Estonia
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 ports. Our travel counsellor can advise you and book your transfers. Windseeker can help to arrange traveling together with other trainees from your country
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, Hungary and Finland need to become members of their countries’ Sail Training Associations
In order to meet its statutory obligation to provide a guarantee, Windseeker makes use of the guarantee scheme provided by VZR Garant. You can check that this is the case by visiting VZR Garant’s website and verifying that the organization is listed as a participant. VZR Garant’s guarantee applies within the limits of its Guarantee Scheme (which can be found on VZR Garant’s website. The Guarantee Scheme specifies the exact journey offering to which VZR Garant’s guarantee applies and what the guarantee entails. If services are not provided due to the financial insolvency of Windseeker you can contact VZR Garant, which has its offices at Torenallee 20, 5617 BC Eindhoven, Netherlands, by sending an email to email@example.com or calling +31 (0)85 13 07 630.
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"
Mark Quirijn (24) Netherlands
"It has been a wonderful experience. And I have found two incredible friends."
Ida (19) Finland
"The best moment was when we crossed the finish line and everybody celebrated together. The tone was simply unforgettable!"
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