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Bli medseiler!

Er du mellom 15 og 25 år? Å delta i The Tall Ships Race er en opplevelse for livet!

Som medseiler får du møte ungdommer fra andre land med helt annen bakgrunn, og være en del av laget som skal konkurrere, seile og ta vare på hverandre i alle slags utfordringer og vær. Opplev havet og samholdet om bord, og kom hjem med nye erfaringer og vennskap.

Når og hvor?

I 2019 går første seilas fra Aalborg i Danmark til Fredrikstad i perioden 6. til 11. juli, og andre seilas går fra Fredrikstad til Bergen fra 14. til 21. juli, tredje og siste etappe går fra Bergen til Aarhus i Danmark fra 24. juli til 1. august.



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Som medseiler betaler du en egenandel på 3.500,- for reise til og fra vertshavnene, samt kost og losji om bord på seilskutene. Egen reiseforsikring er påkrevd. Resten av kostnadene dekkes av The Tall Ships Races 2019 Fredrikstad og våre samarbeidspartnere.

Life on board

Start of the day
You’ll start with a hearty breakfast to set you up for the day ahead. This is the perfect opportunity to chat to your crewmates before you begin your duties.

One of the best parts of sail training is that you don’t need any previous sailing experience to take part. Each vessel has a permanent crew that’s always around to help you “learn the ropes.” Age isn’t a barrier, either. You’ll find a wonderful mix of trainees from 15-25 years old – along with some older people, and a permanent crew of all ages.

Every day, each watch will have time to take a break, or “smoko,” when you drink tea and eat cake. These breaks are important, and they provide the perfect chance to get to know your crewmates a bit better.

Watch duty
Vessels run efficiently because of a “watch” system on board. Each day is broken up into separate watches, where a team of crewmates takes responsibility for various tasks. These vary widely – you could be hoisting the sails, setting the vessel’s course, or carrying out maintenance.

A typical watch normally works in the following way:

There might be three, four-hour watches around the clock. For example, 04:00-08:00, 08:00-12:00 and 12:00-16:00. You’ll repeat your watch time in the next 12-hour block. So, if you’re responsible for the 04:00-08:00 watch, you’ll also have the 16:00-20:00 watch. In between your watches, you’ll get some time off – unless there’s a call for “all hands on deck.” It really doesn’t matter how much sailing experience you have. Each watch includes an experienced watch leader, who will help you play your part in keeping the vessel sailing safely on course.

Throughout your watches, you’ll undertake different tasks depending on the environment. For example, specialist tasks could include filling in a ship’s log or splicing a rope. While standard duties might involve cleaning the galley, polishing the brass work, or touching up the paintwork.

Food on board is usually abundant and delicious. Most vessels have a designated cook, who you’ll assist when you’re assigned to galley duty.

One member of each watch is also on mess duty for a 24-hour period. This involves helping the cook to prepare, serve and clear up after meals. Completing your mess duty is one of the most rewarding parts of life on board, and also one of the busiest. All the hard work on watch duty creates a healthy appetite for both you and your crewmates.

Sleep, glorious sleep. Just like other aspects of life on board, your sleeping arrangements will vary depending on your vessel. You might only have a handful of people sleeping on a Class C or D vessel… or even more than 100 on some Class A Tall Ships.

Whatever the sleeping arrangements, bear in mind that space will probably be a little tighter than you’re used to. So, pack lightly and don’t bring a hard suitcase – there won’t be room for it by your bunk.

Cleaning and maintenance
You already know that the day-to-day running of a vessel involves much more than just sailing. You’ll also spend lots of time on vessel maintenance.

Alongside watch duties, the crew will usually set aside an hour each morning, so that everyone can help clean the vessel. This is often called “Happy Hour,” because a clean ship is always a happy ship.

There are lots of other maintenance jobs on board… not just cleaning. Different watches will have different responsibilities. These could include: sanding, rigging, painting, tarring, and so on. One thing is for sure… you’ll never find yourself with nothing to do.

Every voyage is different
There are lots of different jobs to do and things you can learn on board – such as tying knots and sailing and navigation skills.

On some vessels, you might be paired up with a buddy, in addition to being part of a watch team. Your buddy will be your companion on board, and he or she will support you whenever you need it. So, there’s no need to worry about joining a vessel on your own – you won’t be alone for long.

On a larger vessel, you might be assigned to work on a specific project outside of the general daily duties of your watch. This is called being a “Dayman.” In good and steady weather, a larger vessel will break crew members off of their watch to work as “Daymen.”

Remember every voyage is different
Everyone is welcome to take the helm, set sails, furl the sails on the yard, assist with manoeuvres, navigate, make weather observations, provide a general lookout, and much more.

During the voyage, the permanent crewmates will guide you on everything from steering and navigation to line handling. They’ll give you instructions on watch responsibilities and basic sailing theory.

Crossing the ocean in any vessel is a team effort, so everyone on board will appreciate your hard work and input. Let your experienced crewmates amaze you with their diverse knowledge as you escape your daily routine, learn something new, and admire the wonders of nature.

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What is sail training?

  • An exciting, rewarding and fun outdoor sailing adventure.
  • Experiencing hands-on sailing and being at sea, learning about every role on board.
  • Working as part of an inclusive and enthusiastic team, made up from people of all ages, nationalities and abilities.
  • Having a unique experience depending on the type of vessel and part of the world you choose. For example, sailing on board a large Class A vessel can be like stepping back in time… and you’ll quickly get over your fear of heights. While joining the crew of a smaller Class C or D vessel is often more intimate and exhilarating.
  • Sailing on board a vessel that could be run by a charity, school, university, or private individual or company.
  • Ultimately, sail training is a life-changing adventure.

What will I do on board?

You’ll quickly become a valued crewmate and will soon feel like part of the team. You’ll get involved with every task on board, including:

  • Taking part in a watch, so that the vessel can run throughout the day and night. Don’t worry, you won’t be on duty all the time. Each watch usually lasts between two to four hours.
  • Hoisting sails.
  • Climbing the mast.
  • Navigating and steering.
  • Cleaning the decks and cooking in the galley.

Why Should I do it?

  • The opportunity to sail a ship across an ocean.
  • Visiting new countries and making lifelong, international friends.
  • Confronting and overcoming exciting physical and emotional challenges.
  • Taking personal responsibility and working as part of a group.
  • Learning about yourself, discovering your strengths and talents, and building your self-confidence.
  • Oh… and learning about sailing.

What if I have a physical or social disability?

  • We don’t want a disability to restrict anyone from taking part in a sail training adventure. People in wheelchairs can take in the views from the top of the rigging, just like those who climb up.
  • Certain vessels cater specifically for people with disabilities. Check the vessel’s page before you book.

What are the rules?

  • Sail training encourages you to take personal responsibility. So, looking after your kit and belongings is down to you.
  • Avoid using your smartphone, iPod or tablet – you’ll be too busy sailing and making new friends anyway. There will likely be rules about when you’re permitted to use them, and you might not be able to charge them easily. When you are allowed, try to take lots of photos and videos to share with your friends and family, on social media, and with Sail Training International when you get back (a GoPro is great). We love to see them.
  • On board, the skipper is the boss. Bear in mind that behaviour issues could result in you being dismissed from the voyage. Treat everyone with respect and you’ll get the best from the experience.
  • Your skipper will decide whether smoking is permitted on deck, and whether over 18s can drink alcohol.
  • Drugs won’t be tolerated on any vessel. People who break this rule will be sent home or reported to the authorities.

What if I have a problem on board?

If you have a problem or you’re worried about anything, don’t feel nervous about talking to your watch leader or officer. They’ll do what they can do fix it. If you’re still worried, talk to the skipper – he or she is ultimately in charge and is responsible for your wellbeing.

What if I get seasick?

  • The permanent crew will be used to dealing with seasickness – it’s no big deal. Don’t be afraid or embarrassed to admit that you feel unwell.
  • Seasickness is nothing to worry about. Most people will experience it at one time or another, and it’ll quickly pass.
  • If you know that you suffer from seasickness or you get travel sick, bring medication with you and mention this when you book.

Are there toilets on board?

  • Absolutely… but they’re called “heads.” They’re a little bit different from regular toilets, as you use a hand pump to flush them. However, many larger vessels will also have traditional toilets, without a hand pump.
  • The most important thing to remember is not to put anything down them that you didn’t eat first – this includes toilet paper – with no exceptions. No dental floss, feminine hygiene products, or old parking tickets. Don’t worry, you’ll be shown how to use the heads when you get on board.
  • And yes – there are lots of videos out there all about how to use a marine toilet/the heads. This is a clean one.

Are there showers on board?

  • Most vessels have showers, although some might not. If you’re worried, check with the vessel before you book.
  • Showers on board might not be quite what you expect… they could consist of a shower hose in the heads, or separate cubicles. There won’t be much space, you’ll need to watch how much water you use, and they might not be as hot as you’re used to at home..

Can I go alone?

  • Yes. Many people travel alone, but small groups are also welcome.
  • Sail training is friendly and inclusive, and people of all nationalities and ability levels are encouraged to take part.
  • You’ll get to know other people and make new friends quickly, particularly when you keep watch together, play games on board, and meet people from around the world.

What if I get homesick?

  • Sail training is fast paced, fun and exciting. Like anything new and unfamiliar, it might be a little bit scary at first. Perhaps it’s the first time you’ve stayed away from home, or you’ve never travelled abroad before. Don’t panic – embrace the adventure. You’ll quickly get used to living on board, and you’ll soon feel like you’re part of the crew.
  • If you do find yourself missing home, the best advice we can give is to get stuck in. Before you know it, you’ll be having the time of your life.

Will my diertary requirments be a problem?

  • Many vessels are able to deal with special dietary requirements. Check out the individual vessel’s page for more information.
  • Smaller Class C and D vessels may provide set menus with exact food requirements for the trip.

What will I need to organise before my trip?

  • Sail training vessels will advise you on your insurance requirements, which will cover you while you’re on board.
  • Make sure you have your own medical insurance for home and abroad. Don’t forget to start your cover before you travel, so you’re protected on your way to and from the vessel. It’s also a good idea to include “loss of luggage” and “third party liability,” too.

What should I bring/not bring?

  • Click here to download a packing list.
  • Your sail training vessel will provide all appropriate safety equipment, such as life jackets, but you’ll need to bring the basics.
  • Check with your vessel what you need to bring, but it’ll usually include toiletries and towels, warm and waterproof clothing, trainers or sneakers, swim wear, medicines, sunscreen/hat/sunglasses, and plastic bags to store wet clothing.
  • Your vessel will also be able to inform you whether you should bring your passport, identification and health insurance card.
  • Depending on the event you’ve entered, it’s useful to bring a small amount of spending money. Don’t bring large amounts of cash, though.
  • Fresh water and food will be provided. Water is stored in holding tanks, but the supply is limited, so only use as much as you need. Don’t worry about going hungry on board because there’s plenty of filling food. You’ll get involved with cooking and washing up, but don’t panic if you can’t cook, you’ll learn quickly.


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