The main purposes of The Tall Ships Races is “the development and education of young people through the sail training experience, regardless of nationality, culture, religion, gender or social background”.
Being a Sail Trainee in The Tall Ships Races involves sailing with one of the sailing ships participating in the regatta. On board, trainees will have the experience of a lifetime, learn to sail, form friendships with international peers and much more. There is no requirement of prior knowledge, neither sailing nor otherwise.
As a Sail Trainee you become part of the crew on board and you will go alongside seasoned explorer sailors who will teach you all you need to know. You get the opportunity to work as a team to execute sail manoeuvres and climbing the masts and the rigging. (NB: it is completely voluntary to enter masts).
Sail on board
The Tall Ships Races is an annual event, visiting four harbours. Each harbour provide some scholarships for local participants. It is also possible to contact the ships or local sail training organisation for further information about the possibilities to join on board.
The Tall Ships Races Ålesund 2015, as much as 51 youth from the region was offered scholarships for the sailtraining programme.