Sail Training


(Tall Ship) Class A

An adventurous classic; stepping on board this monumental beauty is like stepping into another world. The atmosphere on board the Oosterschelde is one filled with history and adventure. The classical interior and brass polished details make you feel right at home. The stories the crew can tell you are about adventure, exploring the world and sailing from continent to continent. With several around-the-world Journeys on her track record she has seen it all and done it all, from cruises in sparkling blue water to the roughest weather rounding Cape Horn. Be part of her crew and don’t miss her next adventure.


In 1917 the construction of the three-masted schooner Oosterschelde was started by order of the Rotterdam shipping company. She was put into service as a sailing freighter along the coasts of Northern Europe, the Mediterranean and Northern Africa. The Oosterschelde was owned by several Scandinavian institutions, firstly under the name of Fuglen and later on Sylvan. Eventually she was taken under supervision by three nautical museums which restored the ship between 1988 and 1992. Nowadays the Oosterschelde sails all oceans and is known as one of the world's most adventurous Tall Ships.


The Oosterschelde is fitted super comfortably with all modern conveniences. This three-master can accommodate up to 24 people. You can choose out of 9 cabins, each equipped with a washbasin with cold and hot water. Pick a 4 person cabin or a 2 person cabin, it is up to you. Showers and lavatories are communal. The spacious and pleasantly decorated saloon hosts reading tables, a sitting area and even a piano. Even in the worst weather, the floor radiation heating and a wood-burning stove guarantee a cozy atmosphere.

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: Three mast Topsail schooner
Homeport: Rotterdam (NL)
Date built: 1917
Restored: 1988-1992
Capacity: 24
Length: 50m
Beam: 7,5m
Draught: > 3m
Sail: 891 m2
Height of mast: 36m
Engine capacity: 6 cylinder Deutz, 360PK

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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