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 sail quite fast (up to 13 knots!) and close to the wind, while facilitating excellent Sail Training opportunities. Climbing the 35-metre masts is a fun challenge, but you can start with lower heights. You should give it a try at least once: the views can't be beat!

In any wind, there is always something to do on the deck of the Thalassa. During your watch you are either setting or reducing the sails, climbing the masts, steering, navigating or practicing knots.

Younger sailors can join Thalassa for the sustainable Exchange@sea journeys with plastic research, international crew and fun activities on land. The Ship also regularly competes in the Tall Ships Races.

Adults (over 21) can join the famous Whiskey voyages, and explore the coast of Scotland while visiting local Whiskey distilleries.


Originally built in 1980 in Harlingen, Thalassa was bought by Arnold Hilkema and Jacob Dan and re-rigged in a traditional manner by 1995. Since then, she’s been operating as a Sail Training ship.

On her many voyages Thalassa has so far explored the North Sea, Baltic and Canary Islands; crossed the Atlantic several times on the way to the Caribbean and South America for winter, and visited England and Scotland. She’s been a regular competitor in the Tall Ships Races since 2004.


While on deck Thalassa is rigged according to century-old traditions, she is also equipped according to the latest safety regulations with a lot of modern comforts.

Get a good night’s sleep in one of 15 comfortable two-person cabins – each equipped with a private shower and wash basin (the 9 lavatories are communal). Have a chat with your crew mates in a cosy saloon, or relax in the reading corner with a cup of tea after watch. The well-equipped galley is where all the food magic happens: you can ask for regular or vegetarian meals, with other diets at request. Finally there is a spacious bar, where you can enjoy a drink during the adult journeys.

In good weather you can enjoy an outdoor meal at one of the middle-deck tables, then relax on the sheltered rear deck, enjoying the views around you.


Shipping type: Barquentine

Homeport: Harlingen (NL)

Date built: 1980

Restored: 1995

Capacity: 30

Length: 47m

Beam: 8m

Draught: 3,9m

Sail: 800m2

Height of mast: 35m

Engine capacity: 600 hp

Displacement: 429 ton

Journeys with this Ship

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Brest (FR) - Dublin (IE)

19 Jul 2024 - 31 Jul 2024

*Last places available, only for Estonian trainees - at request.* Bon Voyage, Plastic! (Nr 3) Sustainable Youth Exchange for trainees from Estonia, France, Ireland and the...

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Scrabster (GB) - Oban (GB)

28 Aug 2024 - 07 Sep 2024

Whisky sailing journey in Scotland. Spend 10 days of your summer sailing a Tall Ship and learning about whisky at the source: in coastal distilleries of...

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Oban (GB) - Southampton (GB)

07 Sep 2024 - 12 Sep 2024

A milemaker: bring Thalassa from Oban in Scotland all the way to the south of England in this 5-day journey of intense sailing. Make your way...

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Le Havre (FR) - Dunkirk (FR)

06 Jul 2025 - 12 Jul 2025

The Tall Ships Races 2025: Race 1. Embark on an epic adventure aboard the tall ship Thalassa for the inaugural race of the 2025 Tall Ships...

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Dunkirk (FR) - Aberdeen (GB)

12 Jul 2025 - 21 Jul 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...

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Aberdeen (GB) - Kristiansand (NO)

21 Jul 2025 - 01 Aug 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...

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Kristiansand (NO) - Esbjerg (DK)

01 Aug 2025 - 08 Aug 2025

The Tall Ships Races 2025: Race 4. Embark on a sailing quest from Norway to Denmark, where the grand finale of this year's Tall Ships Races...

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