2017. aasta The Tall Ships Races regatil Omaani purjeõppealuse Shahab Oman II mastis. Fotol Loore Magus
Loore Magus osales STA Estonia purjeõppeprogrammis aastatel 2015, 2016 ja 2017.

The Tall Ships Races is an international offshore training regatta with a long tradition, the goal of which is to engage and educate young people and draw attention to the current state and sustainability of the marine environment. At least half of the members of the world's largest sailing fleet are young people aged 15-25 from different countries, selected from hundreds of applicants in their home country, and many of them are making their first sea voyage. Participating in the regatta gives young people the experience of teamwork, puts them to the test in surprising circumstances and adventures, where they obtain skills and make friends for life.

Kaisa-Maria Vellomäe

2015 Alesund - Kristiansand
2016 Lissabon - Cadiz

If you go sailing in a warm climate, it does not mean that you do not need to bring warm clothes! While being on watch at night, it would still be good to have warm underwear on, because at night it is humid and cool at sea. Also, if you have to sail by the wind, then even in warm climates, the wind feels quite cold.

Madle Timm


2015 Kristiansand - Aalborg

Over time, all this stronger sloshing is forgotten, so everything was awesome, especially the luminous plankton in the dishwashing basin, the starry sky, the port parties.

Loore Magus

2015 Kristiansand - Aalborg
2016 Lissabon - Cadiz
2017 Turu - Klaipeda - Szczecin

It was even cooler than I could imagine. One part is what to experience while sailing, and completely other thing is the busy life at ports and interaction with other fleets. The host cities have worked hard to make the TSR participants as great as possible, in the form of various events, parties, and leisure activities.

Ethel Rosenfeldt


2015 Kristiansand - Aalborg
2016 volunteer on the sailing ship "Fryderyk Chopin"
2018 volunteer on the sailing ship "Atyla"

When on watch, you keep your sailboat on the right track, adjust the sails if necessary, keep an eye on the surrounding traffic, fill in the logbook, enjoy the sunrise and sunset, talk and laugh your head off.



What does a sailing learner do?

As a sailing learner, you take an active part in all the activities onboard, from setting the sails and steering the ship to cooking and scrubbing the deck. Of course, you will gain a lot of new knowledge about sailing, but above all, there will be a lot of fun, new friends, experiences and memories for a lifetime.


Do I need previous sailing experience?

Everyone is welcome to the regatta, and the necessary training is done by the ship's experienced and friendly crew. The amount of new knowledge depends on the length of the voyage and the weather conditions. The sailing learner is an active member of the crew and takes part in the steering of the ship and the daily routine.


Is there catering?

On the ships, there are generally three meals included in the price. Coffee, tea, and water are available on larger vessels at all times, and snacks can be bought on board.


Where do I sleep?

Depending on the ship, you sleep in a berth (bed) or in a hammock. Before the voyage, find out what you need to take with you on your ship (for example: sleeping bag).

Is there internet/wifi onboard?

In general, ships do not have wifi, and mobile data coverage disappears at sea. One of the aims of sailing learning is to introduce the traditional life of a sailor, which is closely connected with the experience of separation from the outside world. A sea voyage is a great way to "log out" and relax from our usual digital everyday life.

In general, communication opportunities at sea are limited. The crew uses existing technology for important communication with ship control centers on land. In case of an emergency, there is a satellite phone onboard.


What is a "watch system"?

Immediately after boarding, the crew is divided into watch teams. One watch usually lasts 4 hours. On a watch, there are different responsibilities: to steer the ship, work with sails, watch the sea, cook, do dishes, etc. Within 24 hours, one is on watch twice, for a total of 8 hours.


​How long does one stage last?

The stages of 2021 are between 4-7 days.


How much does it cost me?

The City of Tallinn supports a participant in sailing learning with the amount of 700 euros per applicant, but does not organize or compensate the young person's arrival in the destination country or return to Estonia, necessary travel insurance or other travel-related expenses, which are organized and paid by each participant.


How to choose a ship?

The sailing ships participating in the regatta are divided into four classes according to size. See class descriptions here: SAILING-ship classes


Choose an A or B class ship if you want to experience sailing on a real ocean giant and travel back in time to the golden age of sailing ships. Some ships are so large that it can take up to 10 minutes to walk from bow to stern and back. Those who are not afraid of heights can climb masts and yards to set sails.


Sailing on a class C or D ship is a completely different experience. Smaller vessels have a more direct connection to the sea, and the slightest wave is well felt. The focus is more on sporty and practical sailing, and to be successful, you need to be prepared for close teamwork. You should not expect amenities such as a shower or a crew lounge from these ships. Instead, you get plenty of adrenaline and immediate experiences that you want to experience again and again.


Where and how do you sleep?

Accommodation types vary depending on the ship - dozens of people sleep together in one room in hammocks or in a berth (ship's bed) in a cabin for several people. There is little personal space, and it is worth considering it when packing for the voyage at home.


​Four recommendations for participants:

Bring warm clothes. You could use a warm/long sports underwear and a warm jacket.

Be active, take part, and ask - so you will learn much more, and the voyage will be more exciting.

Eat and drink properly, even if you have no appetite. On an empty stomach, seasickness is easy to come by.

There is no point in mourning things we cannot control. If it rains and the wind hits your face, don't despair - it's nice to remember later.

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Lennart Sundja 

Project Manager


+372 645 7321

Kati Remmelkoor  

Marketing and Communications Manager 


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Anna Murulauk 

Programme coordinator


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Pallas Mudist 

Sailing Training Coordinator


+372 645 7180

Madis Rallmann 

Chief Liaison Officer


+372 5342 0206

Jaan Ulst

Volunteer coordinator


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