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Skarhamn (SE) - Aalborg (DK)

22 July - 03 August 2015

12 days, Vega Gamleby

From € 980,-

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Vega Gamleby:
Skarhamn (SE) - Aalborg (DK)

22 July - 03 August 2015

Join the Vega Gamleby for a EU Exchange “Erasmus+” programme, open to trainees from the following countries: Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Netherlands and the UK. Besides sailtraining, you also will join an intercultural programme during the Tall Ships Races You will start Skarhamn, close to Gotheborg and from there you will sail to Kristiandsand. From Kristiansand to Aalborg it will be a Race together with many other Tall ships. The Nautical theme of this European Union Exchange/ Erasmus+ program will be: “Skagen Explorers: Challenging ourselves to discover cultural identities in Europe”. Make new international friends, learn to handle the ship, and work together with your fellow trainees and the crew to sail the ship as quickly as you can toward the finish line in Aalborg. It promises to be a journey of epic discovery! For Windseekers age 15-28.

Programme Outline

Experience the famous Tall Ship Races (TSR). Meet people from all over the world. Learn how to sail this fine Topsail Schooner. No sailing experience needed! Mingle with other cultures during the European Union international youth exchange organised on board. Party during the festivals in the host ports. The professional crew teaches you everything you want to know about sailing and the Vega Gamleby. There is much to see and discover through the activities offered during the program.

Travel to the small port town of Skarhamn and board the Vega Gamleby for the Journey of a lifetime. Unpack your bags and start your discovery of the Ship immediately with your fellow Windseekers. Get comfortable with the crew, brace for the wind and start setting sails! There will be Windseekers from all over Europe joining you on this Journey, from Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Netherlands and the UK. By the time you arrive in Aalborg you’ll be one big family!

You'll participate in the watch rotation, once a day and once a night. Become a skilled sailor by learning from the professional crew. Set and trim the sails, steer the ship, help the cook and do odd jobs on deck and below. Together with your fellow Windseekers you work on your best racing time. The crew is there to guide you during your watch. At the end of your European Union International Youth Exchange, you and your team are a comfortable and skilled sailing team.

You sail from Skarhamn to Kristiansand, where you will meet the rest of the Tall Ship fleet. Now the race is on! Battle your way across Kattegat in competition with dozens of Tall Ships - a magnificent sight! This second leg of the Tall Ships Races 2015 is a bit shorter than normal, which means there is no room for error! Give it your all, and trust your Windseeker deckmates to do the same, in order to reach the finish quick as you can! In Aalborg you will be rewarded with an epic crew party.

Ports

Skarhamn, Sweden is the seat of the Tjorn Municipality, Vastra Gotaland County. Well known for its yachting activities and the Nordic Watercolor Museum (Akvarellmuseet). There is a unique quality of light on the island of Tjörn, that inspired several late 19th century painters. Its West Coast is scattered with typical fishing villages. Red-painted boat sheds stand in rows along the port, and labyrinthine streets wind between the tightly-packed white houses.

The final leg of the Tall Ships Races 2015 will finish in the grand port of Aalborg. Aalborg has had a love affair with The Tall Ships Races since 1999, when the city hosted the event for the first time. Aalborg is situated at the Liim Fiord where it was founded by Vikings over 1000 years ago. Today Aalborg is a modern city with visible historic roots. Its theatres, symphony orchestra, performance venues, and museums, make Aalborg a great place to wind down after an exhilarating Sail adventure.

Sponsorship and costs

Your Life on Board covers 12 days, starting on the July 22, and ending on the 3rd of August 2015. The normal price for this voyage is €1400. If you're from one of the partnering EU countries (NO, DK, SE, NL, UK), and 15 - 28 years of age, you are eligible for the reduced price of € 980. Price excludes drinks at the bar and transportation to and from the Ship. After the Journey's conclusion you may be eligible for a partial refund of transfer costs.

This special project of 12 days is organised by Windseeker in coordination with partners in 5 different countries. The European Union provides partial funding through the "Erasmus+" programme. This programme promotes cultural exchanges between young European citizens. Erasmus+ covers a daily fee and hopefully a part of the traveling costs. This, combined with money from other funds, enables Windseeker to offer you this Journey at a reduced price.

Key points

  • Dates: 22 July 2015 - 3 August 2015
  • Embarkation: 16:00 / Disembarkation: 9:00
  • For Windseekers 15-25 years, age 26-28 at request
  • Joining countries: Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Netherlands and the UK
  • Windseekers joining: maximum of 36
  • 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: sleeping bag, pillowcase, sheets and towels
  • Dutch Windseekers will need to become members of the STAN / €25
  • Special Facebook-page of the voyage to contact fellow-Windseekers in advance and possibility to travel together
  • "Take chances. If you don't try, you'll never know."

    Myriam (20), Belgium

You sail on the Vega Gamleby

Shipping type: Topsail Schooner
Homeport: Gamleby
Date built: 1909
Trainees: 36
Length: 30,5m
Height of mast: 27m
Sail: 650 m2

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    Esbjerg-Sunderland-Esbjerg

    – by Elin Giese, Sweden, 2nd time Trainee

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