This summer, the Tall Ships Races are on our programme.
First of all, it is important to know what the purpose of these races is, which is to bring young people together for a moment of development and education combined with living together on a sailing ship and at sea. The Tall Ships Races are there to give young people the opportunity to gain a life experience and were created to promote international friendships and encourage mutual understanding and respect.
The 2022 edition is the first since 2018 to bring the world's largest sailing ships back to the North Sea.
The event is intended to bring young people together but this does not mean that adults cannot embark. 50% of the people on board must be aged between 15 and 25 years (if you were born between July 1997 and August 2007, you meet the conditions). If you are younger from 15 years old at the start of the race you wish to sign up for, unfortunately you will not be able to participate. This is not allowed by the organisation because of the festivities that are organised in all ports.
If you wish to take part as a young person alone or with a friend, parents,...this is also possible as long as the number of young people is 50% of the total number of participants.
You can sail one or more stages, depending on what you want.
The actual Tall Ships Races consist of 3 stages this year. However, we start from Oostende for the run-up to the Tall Ships Races so Arruno Exploration has 4 stages.
If you participate in this event as a young person, you are "a trainee". What exactly is this, a trainee?
During these watches you will be in charge of the navigation, steering the ship and keeping a lookout.
Apart from guard duties we also cook, maintain the ship and take time to rest, read and talk to each other. A day at sea will not be boring quickly!
Depending on the stages and the number of participants, there are 2 or 3 other crew members in addition to the captain. The crew are the people on board who help to ensure that these voyages run smoothly and safely. They are experienced sailors who can give the necessary explanation about the nautical events at sea, from navigation, to regulations and life on board...
These crew members are used as watch captains and lead a team of 2 to 3 trainees during the whole voyage. Each team has its own watch officer.
Arruno Exploration does not arrange transport to and from the ports of departure/arrival, this must be arranged by yourself. Once you have registered we will send you a list of transport possibilities to these different cities. During the meeting (Ostend at Anchor) we will see if you can set up a joint transport so that you do not have to come alone if you wish.
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