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

Aberdeen (GB) - Kristiansand (NO)

21 July - 01 August 2025

11 days, Thalassa

From € 1430,-

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Tall Ships Races Sail Training

15-25: € 1430,-
26+: € 1760,-

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Thalassa:
Aberdeen (GB) - Kristiansand (NO)

21 July - 01 August 2025

The Tall Ships Races 2025: Race 3 and Cruise in Company. Embark on an extraordinary journey aboard Thalassa, where the excitement of high-speed racing meets the leisurely pace of a Cruise in Company. Set sail from Aberdeen amidst a Parade of Sail, venturing into a thrilling race around various waypoints toward the finish line. Delve into the art of sailing as you master the skills of steering, navigation, mast climbing, and sail trimming, navigating through day and night to beat your competitors. Then, bask in moments of tranquility as you cruise along Norway’s picturesque coast, perhaps meeting with fellow Ships for beachside barbecues or plunging into the crystalline waters of the fjords straight from the deck. Conclude your adventure in Kristiansand, where vibrant port events await, offering the chance to mingle with crews from other vessels and celebrate the triumphs of the voyage.
Open to all Windseekers aged 15-75.
This intergenerational journey promises a diverse and dynamic crew, with 50% of trainees under the age of 25, and the other 50% above it.

The Tall Ships Races 2025

Every year an international fleet of Tall Ships, small Ships and Yachts gather to promote Sail Training and international friendship among young people. According to the rules, at least 50% of the participants have to be aged 15-25. The Ships join Races and Cruise in Company legs, sailing between different host ports, and then participating in harbour festivals.

Each journey includes a cherful sailing out in a Parade of Sail, as well as two days in the destination port, where the trainees participate in the Crew Parade, award ceremony, Crew Party, games and competitions.

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Ports

Aberdeen, the silver city with the golden sands, lies on the Scottish east coast. The city has been settled for over 8000 years, so you’ll find plenty of historic landmarks as you amble across town. Aberdeen is also famous for its many parks and gardens. The city hosts several festivals year round, so check out the cultural agenda while you’re there. And take some time to spend in one of the many wonderful pubs, where you can strike up a conversation with the locals. But don’t peek under kilts!

Kristiansand is the business and cultural capital of southern Norway. The sea and surrounding fjords are perfect for recreational activities like fishing and sailing, and the nearby inland and mountains are ideal for skiing and hiking. In the more urban areas you will find a rich variety of cafes, restaurants, art galleries and museums.

  • Aberdeen (GB)

  • Kristiansand (NO)

Key points

  • Dates: 21 July 2025 - 1 August 2025
  • Embarkation: 17:00 / Disembarkation: 10:00
  • For Windseekers aged 15-75.
  • Windseekers joining: maximum 30
  • 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
  • Windseekers need to have a health insurance and a travel insurance
  • All bedding and towels are provided on board.
  • "It was cozy and comfortable, but hard work and exciting."

    Keshan (17), UK

Thalassa

You sail on the Thalassa

Shipping type: Barquentine
Homeport: Harlingen (NL)
Date built: 1980
Trainees: 30
Length: 47m
Height of mast: 35m
Sail: 800m2

Sail in style. The Thalassa is more than capable to sail every imaginable sea and ocean. A 3-masted barquentine, she carries square sails on the foremast, while the main and mizzen masts are both gaff-rigged. Thanks to that she can …

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STO Garant

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.