Sail Training


(Small Ship) Class B

The Atyla is a true Spanish ship! She boasts the magnificent-looking, hand carved wooden elements, with the great entourage. To relax, enjoy the leather seating in the saloon where you can listen to the crew’s stories from far-away seas. In hot weather you can lounge in one of the shaded outside areas to hide from the sun. The crew of Atyla is Spanish, but the official language on board is English. And of course the meals have a Spanish air about them as well! Take a glass of wine on the aft and relax while in port and be an active member of the crew on deck during the day.

Atyla offers a very good personal development program, with a professional coach on board. Join the Ship and use the sailing experience to deepen your knowledge of topics such as leadership, intercultural communication, environmental awareness, emotional intelligence and critical thinking.

The crew of Atyla is friendly and inclusive, and will make you feel right at home!


The International Training Ship Atyla was hand designed and hand built in 1980 in Spain by a group of friends to circumnavigate the world. She changed name 5 times, but she never changed ownership. She was launched in the north of Spain, then moved to the Canary Islands and served as just a tourist boat after the sponsor of the circumnavigation pulled out, where she remained until 2005. She went to Cantabria to represent the region and was given a good refit in 2011. Two years later, under the name "Atyla", she participated in her first Tall Ships' Regatta. After that, her young captain (nephew of the ship's designer) decided to fully dedicate her to outdoor education.


On each trip Atyla accommodates a total of 24 people in 5 rooms, sleeping in private bunk beds. The crew is composed of 5 professionals (two officers, an engineer, the chef and the coach), 4 watch leaders (people with experience sailing on ATYLA) and 15 trainees. For day trips and events, Atyla can take up to 70 people.

The Ship is fully equipped both on deck and inside: spacious kitchen, large meeting room with couches and 60" TV, bathrooms, indoor and outdoor sound systems, deck lighting, awnings, safety systems. Atyla has a generator so there is always electricity when at sea. The ship is fitted with 220V electricity plugs on board (European type), as well as USB chargers for phones and cameras.

What shall I bring with me?

Bring practical clothing and lots of ‘layers’. Wearing layers just means that you’re ready for all conditions and you’ll (hopefully) never get cold. Walking boots, welly’s or sailing boots/shoes are recommended. A sun hat and warm hat are helpful, as is sun cream and waterproof trousers and jackets – you never know what the weather will do. Bring a swimming costume/shorts. Don’t forget your sunglasses! Gloves will be needed for sailing and handling ropes. A note book, sketchbook and novel will keep you busy in between watches. A head torch is handy for night and evening watches. There is bedding however an all-season sleeping is a good idea and an extra warm fleece even if it is the summer.

Oh – don’t forget your camera, you’re going to see some amazing sights!


Shipping type: Schooner
Homeport: Maritime Museum Of Bilbao (ES)
Date built: 1980-1984
Restored: 2011-2013
Capacity: 19
Length: 31.3m
Beam: 8m
Draught: 3m
Sail: 400m2
Height of mast: 25 m
Engine capacity: Doosan 230 hp

Sail Training

Sail training takes place all over the world and in many different types of vessel. Voyages on small vessels benefit from the intimacy of working on board within a small team. Different challenges confront those who undertake sail training on the huge and glamorous square-rigged ships, with much demanding work aloft as well as on deck. Sail training is an adventure activity for the young and old everywhere, with a record of considerable success in developing men and women of character and ability for the challenges of life.

The cost of sail training differs from one organisation or ship or country to another. Many ships take all nationalities so it is worth trying ships based in different countries from your own. Bursaries and funding may be available through Sail Training International or one of the National Sail Training Organisations so contact them to find out if you are eligible.


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