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Join a sailing adventure on a Tall Ship and set course for new horizons!

Den Helder (NL) - Hartlepool (GB)

01 July - 08 July 2023

7 days, Saeftinghe

From € 880,-

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Tall Ships Races Sail Training

15-25: € 880,-
26+: € 1200,-

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Saeftinghe:
Den Helder (NL) - Hartlepool (GB)

01 July - 08 July 2023

*Places at request* The Tall Ships Races 2023: Race 1. Join Saeftinghe for a sailing adventure filled with racing, learning and making friends! Step on board in Dutch Den Helder and leave port in a Parade of Sail, before starting the race across the North Sea to Great Britain. Steer, navigate, work with sails, cook and cover 300 nautical miles, sailing in watches day and night! Cross the finish line and celebrate ending the race with your crew mates. Make your way to Hartlepool to spend the last two days of your adventure in port, joining the activities with the crews of other Tall Ships. March in the Crew Parade, dance at Crew Party, cheer at the prize giving ceremony and admire fireworks framed by the masts of many ships. For Windseekers aged 15-25, older at request.

The Tall Ships Races

Every year dozens of Tall Ships, as well as small ships and yachts gather for races and harbour events, which include Crew Parades, Crew Parties, competitions, concerts, fireworks and more. Every leg starts with Parade of Sail – a spectacular departure of all the Ships together, and ends with the last two days of the Journey spent in the destination port.

The Tall Ships Races 2023 will take the fleet across the North Sea 4 times! Starting in Den Helder, the Netherlands, the Ships will embark on Race 1 to Hartlepool in Great Britain. Race 2 will take them to Norwegian Fredrikstad, from where they will sail in Cruise in Company to Lerwick in the Shetlands. The final Race 3 will end back in Norway – this time in a charming town of Arendal.

Ports

Den Helder is a beautiful town in the Netherlands, situated at the very tip of the North Holland province, regularly hosting the Tall Ships events. Discover the town's sea connections by visiting the Marinemuseum and Nationaal Reddingmuseum Dorus Rijkers. Take a break and go for a walk in the botanical gardens Oranjerie De Groene Parel Den Helder or admire sea life in the Fort Kijkduin Museum and Aquarium.

Hartlepool is a British port on the east coast of the UK, with long traditions of maritime activity. In 2010, the town played host to the Tall Ships Races, receiving some 125 Tall Ships in its harbor. Once you're there, visit the nearby North York Moors national park, or relive the heyday of the British navy at the Maritime Experience. If you have come to like climbing the masts on board, there is a boulder park in Summerhill where you can reach for the top again!

  • Den Helder (NL)

  • Hartlepool (GB)

Key points

  • Dates: 1 July 2023 - 8 July 2023
  • Embarkation: 17:00 / Disembarkation: 10:00
  • For Windseekers 15-25 years, older at request
  • No sailing experience required!
  • 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
  • Windseekers need to have a health insurance and a travel insurance
  • Need to take with you on board: towels
  • "I’m not even lying when I say this has been the best journey of my life, I’m super happy and satisfied and would definitely recommend to a friend."

    Manda (15), Denmark

You sail on the Saeftinghe

Shipping type: BM Ketch
Homeport: Oostende, BE
Date built: 1993
Trainees: 8
Length: 23,5 m
Height of mast: 23 m
Sail: 221m2

Saeftinghe has proven itself as a unique sailing yacht that can be used anywhere. Sturdy yet comfortable, reliable and safe, easy to steer, contemporary classic and built to last. This robust but beautiful yacht combines luxury with durability. When under …

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Windseeker logs

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    Morgenster, September 2014

    Baltic Sea

    – by Windseeker Jan

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    Ingo, July 2022

    Sweden

    – by Exchange@sea Trainees

    Click here to listen to our Ingo Spotify playlist while you read!   Day 1 – 23rd of July 2022, Saturday Today we all arrived in Gothenburg together. We got to meet all the participants from different countries. Ingo hadn’t arrived yet so …

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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).

This process is automatic and you do not need to do anything else. After receiving your booking, Windseeker will send you detailed information on how and when to pay for your journey – together with all the other important details.

 

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.