The Tall Ships Races 2024

Participate as a trainee on T/S Saeftinghe!

For whom:

  • Young people between 15 and 25 years with or without sailing experience are welcome and can participate
  • +25 years is also possible if the number of people aged +25 does not exceed 50% of the full crew

Tall Ship Races 2024, Race 2: Tallin (Estland) - Turku (Finland) Sail Training

Period: 13/07/2024 - 20/07/2024 (Fully booked)
Destination: Tall Ship Races 2024, Race 2: Tallin (Estonia) - Turku (Finland)
Starting point: Tallin (Estonia)
Estimated number of nautical miles: 250
Price from: € Fully booked
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The Tall Ships Races 2024

Participate as a trainee on T/S Saeftinghe!

For whom:

  • Young people between 15 and 25 years with or without sailing experience are welcome and can participate
  • +25 years is also possible if the number of people aged +25 does not exceed 50% of the full crew


Are you a beginning sailor, do you already have experience or is it your first time at sea? Maybe it is even your first contact with sailing?

Together with other youths, you will make a journey across the sea on T/S Saeftinghe. The experience you will gain will be with you for the rest of your life. You will learn how to sail and navigate along the way. An experienced crew is present who are happy to share their knowledge and experience.

Experience is not necessary. However, we do expect you to be willing to work together, to hoist the sails, to cook together, to keep watch, all under the supervision of an experienced crew.


The Tall Ships Races are created to give young people the opportunity to gain a life experience and to promote international friendships and encourage mutual understanding and respect. 

You must be at least 15 years old and no more than 25 years old on the day of departure. If you were born between July 1998 and August 2008, you meet the requirements.

Are you over 25 and do you wish to participate? This is possible as long as 50% of the crew consists of youngsters between 15 and 25 years old.


The first "real" step you have to do as a trainee to participate in this adventure is to register. Once you have registered you can confirm your participation. You can register or log in here.

A good preparation is important. As captain and crew we like to get acquainted before you get on board. 

We therefore invite you to visit the ship and get to know the captain and crew before your departure. This way you can walk around the ship, explore and we can already give you a basis of information, we will answer your questions as fully as possible. We take you along for the ride so you are already ready for life on a sailing ship.

We will do this introduction during Ostend at Anchor (from the 23th till the 26th of May 2024) in which T/S Saeftinghe also participates. 

What we expect

A sailing ship at sea sails day and night. In order to maintain this permanence, we work in three shifts led by an experienced watchofficer. These 'teams' keep watch and they follow one another:

  • Team 1: 09.00h till 12.00h 
  • Team 2: 12.00h till 15.00h 
  • Team 3: 15.00h till 18.00h 
  • Team 1: 18.00h till 21.00h 
  • Team 2: ...

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!

Draft Programmes

TALLINN Sat 13 July – Sun 14 July

Saturday 13 July

  • TBC Crew activities: sports and cultural activities
  • TBC Event Area open
  • 1000 - 2100 Tall ships open for visitors
  • 1600 Captains’ Briefing
  • TBC Entertainment programme
  • TBC Stage programme

Sunday 14 July

  • TBC Event Area open
  • TBC Official Start of Fleet Undocking
  • TBC Parade of Sail
  • TBC Start of Race 2 from TALLINN to TURKU

From Sunday 14 July till Wednesday 17 July

  • At Sea, Race 2 from TALLINN to TURKU

Turku Thurs 18 July - Sat 20 July

Thursday 18 July

  • The last ships arrive in the morning
  • TBC Crew activities for early arrivals: cultural activities
  • TBC Event Area open
  • 1200 Deadline for participating vessels to be in port
  • 1000 - 2100 Tall ships open for visitors
  • 1400 Opening ceremony
  • 1930 Captains’ Dinner, Turku Castle

Friday 19 July

  • 1000 - 1400 Crew activities: sports competition
  • TBC Event Area open
  • 1000 - 2100 Tall ships open for visitors
  • TBC Entertainment programme
  • TBC Stage programme
  • TBC Crew Parade
  • TBC Prize Giving Ceremony
  • TBC Crew Party, Turku Castle

Saturday 20 July

  • 0900 Disembarkation T/S Saeftinghe

We are transparent in our price structure. For The Tall Ships Races we offer a full board formula.

Because we want to give all youngsters the opportunity to participate in this adventure, youngsters between 15 and 25 years old can participate at the child rate. 

Included for participation Tall Ships Races:

  • Welcome on board
  • Accommodation on board based on 2 persons per room. A room consists of 2 single beds (bunk beds) with private bathroom or
  • shared bathroom facilities.
  • Breakfast
  • Light lunch
  • Dinner
  • Water, coffee and tea à volonté 
  • Performance captain and crew
  • Use of safety equipment
  • Use of the boat for the purposes described in the programme (mooring fees, fuel costs, maintenance, insurance, etc.)
  • Preparation 
  • Registration Tall Ships Races
  • Participation in events in the various ports

What are the extras?

  • Travel and accommodation costs other than on board
  • Transfers from or to the port of arrival or the port of departure
  • Disembarkation if not mentioned in the programme
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages 
  • Communication costs
  • Appropriate clothing and footwear

 All information on our rates can be found here.

How to get to and from Tallin?

Tallin Arrival/Transfer Information

Tallinn is the Capital of Estonia and is situated on the northern coast of the country. Tallinn is an easy
location to get to as there is Airport in the city, ferry connections to Finland, Sweden. For all the Tall Ships
Races 2024 crews the local public transport (buses and trams) is for free.

By Air:

Tallinn Airport is in the city and is about 5 km from the city Centre and harbours. Tallinn Airport has
many direct connections all over Europe and if there is no direct flight then it is easy to transfer through
Helsinki, Riga, or Stockholm.

By Ferry:

Port of Tallinn has one of the busiest ferry connections in Europe. There are direct ferries to Helsinki
multiple time a day and once a day ferry to Stockholm. The Tall Ships Races 2024 fleet is berthed in the
Port of Tallinn, Seaplane harbour and Noblessner Marine, so all vessels are within walking distance from
the ferries.

How to get to and fromTurku?

Turku is Finland's oldest city. Bisecting Turku city centre, the River Aura is the heart and soul of the city:
this is where Turku was born, and a large part of city life – museums, sights, restaurants and cafés – is
still concentrated on the riverside. The riverbanks form a national urban park allowing for a pleasant
stroll from the Turku Cathedral to the Turku Castle. Close to the river mouth is the island of Ruissalo,
with oak forests and 19th-century villas. Turku is at its best in summertime, when it hosts many festivals,
including rock festivals, chamber music festivals and a medieval fair.

Useful Websites:

Turku destination information:
Travelling to & around Turku:
Tourist information office:

By Air:

Turku International Airport is located 8 km from Turku city center and 12 km from the port. Airlines
operating from Turku are SAS to Stockholm with connections all around Europe and to US,
(, airBaltic to Riga with connections to numerous European destinations
( , Wizz Air to Gdansk and Rome ( and Amapola to Åland Islands

The Helsinki-Vantaa capital area airport is located 170 km or 2 hours away from Turku, offering direct
connections all around Europe, Asia and US with Finnair ( and many other carriers.
Finnair also offers a bus transfer between Turku and Helsinki-Vantaa as an additional service for flight
More information about airports, services and operating airlines via
Turku airport is accessible by public transport, the local bus number 1 runs between the airport, city
center and cruise port every 15 minutes. The timetables and traffic information

By Ferry:

There are daily ferries between Stockholm/Kapellskär and Turku, the ferries stop in Åland Islands on the
way and the journey takes 11 hours. The companies operating are Tallink Silja
( and Viking Line ( The ferry
port is located 3 km from Turku city center. A faster 8-hour ferry connection between Kapellskär (90 km
from Stockholm) and Naantali (15 km from Turku) is operated by Finnlines (

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