- You can book your journey by filling out the booking form on the website. You will be asked for passport data and your birth date. These details are necessary in order to provide customs with a list of passengers.
- When we have received your booking, you will receive a confirmation by automatic reply.
- We will send you a contract and health statement within two office days. Apart from that, you will receive an e-mail with an invoice and an e-mail with other information, like a kit list. You need to carefully read the contract and send it back within two weeks, by post, e-mail or fax. Our address is: P.O. Box 16664, 1001 RD Amsterdam, The Netherlands. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Fax: 0031 847241451.
- Within two weeks, we need to receive a deposit of approximately 40% (in case of youth travels, usually 50%).
- Payment is possible by bank or cheque, unfortunately it’s not possible to pay by credit card. Our bank details are as follows: Bank account 9349588 / BIC: INGB NL2A / IBAN: NL90 INGB 00093495 88
- These details are also mentioned on the invoice.
- When we have received the signed contract, health statement and the deposit, you are ensured of participating in the trip and in that case we will send you an acknowledgement by e-mail.
- The last payment is due 2 months before departure.
- When the last payment is fulfilled, you will receive the last details about your journey two weeks before departure. For example, the location of the ship in the harbour and other important details.
- The journeys from and to the harbour (the start and finish of your sail trip) are not included, unless otherwise mentioned. You are expected to take care of that by yourself.
- When you are looking for fellow travellers or if you want to get in touch with other participants on your sail trip, you can joining the “At Sea Sail Training” group on Facebook and leave a message.
THE MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
I don’t have any sailing experience. Does that matter?
Experience is not necessary. The experienced crew will teach you everything you need to know about life aboard a ship. From setting sails to steering and if you’re not afraid of heights you can climb the masts. Everybody helps with the daily duties on board like cleaning the deck or assisting the cook in the galey. If you have sailing experience, you can help the other trainees or learn new things like navigating, knotting, etc.
I’m going alone, is that a problem?
A lot of people travel by themselves or with a couple of friends. From experience, we can tell that getting to know other people takes very little time. Especially when you keep watch together. During International Exchanges there are different nationalities in one watch, which creates diversity and a lot of fun. A lot of trainees make friends for life!
What is so special about an International Exchange?
The nice thing about an International Exchange is that you not only learn about sailing and life aboard a ship, but also about other cultures and countries. Apart from sailing, there are daily intercultural activities like games, in which everybody can participate. In the harbour, you will meet trainees from other countries on ships from all around the world. Together you will have fun at the crewparade and have more fun at the crewparty.
What is the language aboard?
The language aboard most ships is English (and sometimes a mixture of all nationalities present). The crew speaks English and most teaching and instructions are in English. If you’re not a native English speaker, people will explain again or we will look within the group for somebody to translate.
What is it like aboard a ship on the high seas?
Aboard a ship, you keep watch. That is more than just looking out over the water in search of land! During watch, you are responsible for the ship, together with the rest of the watch-keepers and the professional crew. Manoeuvring, climbing the masts, setting the sails, making coffee or providing a snack. Usually, there is a three-watch system aboard.
During an International Exchange, we try to mix the watch-keepers as much as possible. Every watch-keeper has duty twice a day. For example, your watch could be from 08.00 to 12.00 hours and from 20.00 to 24.00 hours. Life aboard is always different and every day and watch is different when it comes to the weather, the wind or the view. From sunshine to rain and from dolphins swimming along the bow to a beautiful sunset!
I live in the USA and how can I pay the voyage?
There is an easy way, you can do it via: http://www.xe.com/fx/.
Yes you can! Sailing on board one of the Tall Ships is an approved activity for your Residential, Gold Level. During the Tall Ships Races you will become part of the crew, as a team you will sail the ship and experience loads of new things. Sailing during the races is not only a holiday it is a training as well! If you mention your Residential in your application, the Captain will have the necessary papers on board and he will be able to help you fill them out.
I am a student on an International School doing my IB. Before graduating I have to find an activity for my CAS, can I use sailing during the Tall Ships Races?
Yes you can! Out of Creativity, Action and Service you can use only one component, or you can organize a special project and combine two elements. Please contact us through email with your question and we can help you out with ideas for a fun and educational project! Organizing a project together with your class is also a possibility.
What insurance do I need for my trip and my stay on board?
You are required to carry the following insurances :
1. Medical insurance, for your home country
2. Travel insurance which covers medical expenses abroad, loss of luggage and third party liability.
Each Tall Ship has a “Protection and Indemnity insurance” that covers you in the event you are hurt by actions that the crew take (or fail to take).
If you live in the UK you also can contact:?
Bishop Skinner: +44 207 566 5800
Towergate +44 1908258384
Am I insured during my travel to and from the ship?
Your travel insurance will cover your from home to the ship and back. Just make sure to include the travel days in the insurance coverage, not just the days you are aboard the ship.
Whales and sharks
Today we had the company of 2 Minke whales, a smaller whale seen around the world. At first we just saw their water fountain, but after a while they started flapping their tails and jumping half out of the water! It was amazing to see. Everybody was on deck, clapping and cheering! Just before that we had done a MOB exercise and while we were explaining how it was going to work, we saw a small fin, just 20meters beside the ship!
Today, due to lack off wind, we have not been sailing, we tried last night, but drifted backwards with the current. Yesterday during the day we had some good wind, but on the nose, so we tacked our way up. It was good practise for the cadets, steering, changing running backstays and some sheet handling.
Right now the vessels are close together, during the day we might throw anchor before entering Durban.