Sailing an Archipelago of Ideas. Join the Tall Ships Races and Erasmus+ Youth 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 and learn new things about yourself. 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: Youth Exchange 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.
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, teamwork makes it easier and you won’t even notice when you’ve started to take more and more responsibilities on board. Soon you will be sailing the Morgenster with new confidence in yourself and your crew mates.
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.
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
This Journey is covered by the STO Garant guarantee. You can find the conditions for this guarantee scheme on STO Garant’s website (www.sto-garant.nl/en/downloads).
What does it mean?
In short: you do not pay the booking amount to Windseeker but instead into an escrow account. This trust account holds your payment in reserve until your journey’s end. The booking amount is then released to Windseeker on the day after your trip ends. If Windseeker or the Ship should become financially insolvent before the end of your trip, STO Garant will implement the guarantee. The Guarantee Scheme details how you can make a claim under the guarantee in such cases. You can read more about this here.
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