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What former trainees say

A lot of people say that a voyage aboard a Tall Ship is an experience of a lifetime.

But what do the young trainees themselves really think about their experiences aboard a ship during The Tall Ships Races?

What is it like to sail as a trainee in The Tall Ships Races?


We asked some of the 150 local trainees who sailed from Sunderland to Esbjerg during The Tall Ships Races 2018 about their experiences at sea and, not least, what they got out of the trip. 

We can reveal that it has been an unforgettable experience for many of them. 


Describe your experience in a single sentence.

It was the best experience I ever had.

Girl, age 16, sailed on Morgenster (Netherlands)


I got a little out of my comfort zone, but I had a blast with great people who were a lot of fun.

Girl, age 18, sailed on Gulden Leeuw (Netherlands)


A great trip with some fantastic new friends.

Boy, age 15, sailed on Maybe (United Kingdom)


In just one sentence, describe what you learned on the voyage.

I learned that there was no need to fear taking the initiative, because I can do it after all. 

Girl, age 17, sailed on Alexander von Humboldt II (Germany)


I learned that my future is on a tall ship! 

Boy, age 22, sailed on Christian Radich (Norway)


I learned that a week is long enough to make new friends for life. 

Boy, age 15, sailed on Santa Maria Manuela (Portugal)


What was your most fun moment on board?

I met a cool Spanish guy who did magic tricks with the ropes we used to tie knots. Everyone sat on deck and had fun. 

Girl, age 16, sailed on Atyla (Vanuatu)


I can’t really choose a “most fun” moment. The entire voyage was amazing. The best thing was getting away from everyday life with some really cool trainees. 

Boy, age 23, sailed on Sørlandet (Norway)


There are so many to choose from, but my favourite was the last night shift of the voyage because my team and I sang songs all night. 

Girl, age 16, sailed on Wylde Swan (Netherlands)


Do you also want to have an unforgettable experience as a tall ship trainee?

If reading this has inspired you to want to sail on board one of the beautiful tall ships, please contact kikir@esbjerg.dk.