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Oban (GB) - Oban (GB)

16 April - 29 April 2015

13 days, Tecla

From € 1250,-

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25 : € 1250,-
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Tecla:
Oban (GB) - Oban (GB)

16 April - 29 April 2015

Go on a sail training adventure and visit remote places with Tecla! From Oban we set sail to the outer Hebrides, where the North Atlantic meets the English coast. Learn all there is to know about working on deck. Help set and trim the sails, climb the rigging, and taste the salty air. Open vistas and stunning scenery await! Together with the rest of your watch group you’ll have the deck to yourself at night. Stand on lookout, help with navigation, help keep the ship clean, and do odd jobs on deck and below. Your visit to St Kilda is one of the highlights of this journey. St. Kilda is uninhabited now, but it has a history of struggle and survival. There you will find a bird sanctuary with the biggest puffin colony in the North West. Open to all ages, minimum age 15 years.

Ports

Oban (meaning ‘little bay’ in Gaelic) is a small harbor town on the west coast of Scotland, famous for its whiskey distillery. The town occupies a beautiful setting in the Firth of Lorn, and is a perfect place to find shelter from the Atlantic. Walking around town is a pleasure, and close by you’ll find mountains, castles, dramatic coastal scenery, and McCaig’s tower that resembles the Colosseum. In the first week of August, the town plays host to West Highland week, a yearly sailing regatta.

Saint Kilda is an archipelago off the west coast of Scotland that boasts the highest cliffs in the United Kingdom and is a famed breeding ground for many bird species. One of the islands hosts a colony of feral sheep. You’ll likely not find many people here – the last 30 inhabitants of the islands were relocated to the UK in 1930, fed up with their isolation and the harsh living conditions. Abandoned buildings and ruins (some of them prehistoric) are all that remains.

Key points

  • Dates: 16 April 2015 - 29 April 2015
  • Embarkation: 18:00 / Disembarkation: 10:00
  • For Windseekers of all ages, minimum age 15 years
  • Windseekers joining: maximum of 16
  • 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
  • Contact your fellow-Windseekers via Windseeker facebook
  • "At first I didn't know what to expect and I felt kind of insecure, but the crew was really amazing and I had an unforgettable journey."

    Finn (15), Belgium

You sail on the Tecla

Tecla
Shipping type: Ketch
Homeport: Winkel (NL)
Date built: 1915
Trainees:
Length: 38
Height of mast: 23
Sail: 380m2

One of the most splendid traditional sailing ships. This solid, authentic-rigged ship is not only one of the most beautiful herring loggers, but also a very good sailor. Tecla has won several prizes during the Tall Ships Races and Regattas. …

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Windseeker logs

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    Gulden Leeuw, 2017 Rendez-Vous Tall Ships Regatta

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    – by Anna (mentor's notes)

      Aug 2nd 2017   Second Day at Sea Today we have started hauling a smaller vessel, Peter von Danzig – we are currently expecting to go on motor for 2 days before the race will resume. The evening was much calmer than yesterday …

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  • A busy and productive day at sea

    Gulden Leeuw, July 2015

    Aalborg

    – by Trainees Charlotte and Pernille

    Charlotte (26), UK We were lucky as a watch this morning and didn’t go on sail watch until 8 a.m. Some people had to get up to make breakfast but the rest of us enjoyed our lie-in and were bright-eyed and …

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