Youngsters Sail Training


Our sailing ships Astrid and Svanhild take young sailors out to experience adventures of a lifetime in a true old-fashioned maritime spirit. Aboard the vessels everything is done together, from setting the sails, sailing maneuvers, navigation to cooking. And in the evenings, we can heat up the sauna and have a refreshing swim in the sea.

The ships are accustomed to arranging class trips, school camps and sail training trips lasting from a couple of hours to all the way to month long voyages.

Below are some examples of trips.



Our sailing ships make school class trips in May and then again in autumn after the schools have started - to prepare for the summer vacation, or to recoup for the upcoming school year. Cast off and set sails from Halkolaituri in Helsinki, with the children participating in all activities aboard. Conditions permitting, we will visit a nearby island or perhaps the island fortress of Suomenlinna, returning back to Halkolaituri by 3 pm.


Outside the high season and during the month of July we make multi day sailing trips into the Finnish archipelago. Working and living together during school camps sailings incorporates everything, be it cooking, sailing or navigating. Living aboard teaches one to take everyone into account and appreciate each other in an environment where co-operation is key. The itineraries of the trips are designed together with the teachers, with the aim to experience the nature and the culture of the archipelago. Astrid, our two masted vessel is well suited for these types of trips, with an open area for sleeping and living, that enables up to 30 youth to overnight.


We arrange sail training trips mainly during July, participating in events such as the Tall Ships’ Races. During the sail training events the trainees participate in the running of the vessel as crew members with the assistance of experienced officers, thus no prior experience is needed to join in. Life aboard evolves around watches day and night, which emphasizes the meaning of team work and makes sail training equally a way to learn about life as well as to sail. Our sail training trips take place in the Baltic region, from the beautiful archipelago in Finland all the way to the southern waters of the Baltic Sea. We can accommodate up 30 trainees.