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

Dunkirk (FR) - Aberdeen (GB)

12 July - 21 July 2025

9 days, Thalassa

From € 1170,-

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Tall Ships Races Sail Training

15-25: € 1170,-
26-28 (at request): € 1440,-

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Thalassa:
Dunkirk (FR) - Aberdeen (GB)

12 July - 21 July 2025

The Tall Ships Races 2025: Race 2. Embark on an exhilarating high seas adventure, sailing from the north coast of France all the way to the shores of Scotland! Find Thalassa amidst the vibrant bustle of Dunkirk’s maritime festival, and leave the port in a Parade of Sail, cheered by onlookers on land. As you set sail across the vast expanse of the North Sea, unleash your inner adventurer, climbing the masts, taking the helm, and harnessing the wind to propel Thalassa towards the distant horizon. Together with the crew of international sailors and trainees, you will navigate the sea to finish the race and reach Aberdeen. Spend the last two days of your journey enjoying in the camaraderie of crew-exclusive festivities, from Crew Parade to Crew Party, forging unforgettable bonds with fellow young sailors from different countries.
Open to young Windseekers aged 15-25, ages 26-28 years at request.
This voyage will be open for bookings from 15 September 2024.

Programme Outline

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

Dunkirk is the northernmost city in France and one if its biggest harbours. It lies very close to the Belgian border and dates back to middle ages when it was a fishing village. Dunkirk's maritime heritage is clearly visible, and celebrated. You can visit the Port Museum (Musée Portuaire), climb to the top of Le Beffroi de Saint-Eloi for unforgettable views or relax in one of the multiple seafront cafes and bars.

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!

  • Aberdeen (GB)

Key points

  • Dates: 12 July 2025 - 21 July 2025
  • Embarkation: 17:00 / Disembarkation: 10:00
  • For Windseekers 15-25 years, age 26-28 at request
  • 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.
  • "This trip was about pushing your boundaries."

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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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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).

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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.