Trainee recruitment: Q&A

On this page you will find tips and answers to the most common questions related to the Tall Ship Races adventure.

What does a trainee do on board?

As a trainee, you actively participate in all tasks on the ship. You are part of the ship’s crew. You meet new people, make new friends and learn new things about sailing, but especially outside of it.

At the ports, you participate in the Tall Ships Races official program organized by the local organizers, such as parties, concerts, crew competitions, crew parades and many other activities. Taking part in the Tall Ships Races is an experience you will never forget!

Does the trainee need previous sailing experience?

You do not need previous sailing experience. You will be taught the necessary skills while sailing.

How much does it cost to go sailing?

For trainees the deductible for the sailing is 500€.

Participation in the sailing includes the ship fee, full maintenance, meals and program both at sea and on land, as well as trips to the departure or return port (Helsinki to Klaipeda or Tallinn to Helsinki).

What distances are sailed in the race?

You can apply for two different legs: from Klaipeida, Lithuania to Helsinki or from Helsinki to Tallinn. The route between Klaipeda and Helsinki is the first competition leg. The leg between Helsinki and Tallinn is the Cruise in company sailing, where there is no competition.

If you want to participate in the other legs of the competition as well, you can find more information about them here.

Sailing dates:

29.6.-6.7.2024 (7 days) Klaipeda-Helsinki

6.7.-13.7.2024 (7 days) Helsinki-Tallinn

What is Cruise in Company?

Cruise in Company is a Tall Ships Races competition where the ships do not compete with each other, but instead the crews sail together during the day and otherwise spend time together in the evenings. Sailing from Helsinki to Tallinn is a Cruise in Company sailing and  there is no competition.

Who can I contact for sailing-related questions?

Windeseeker is responsible for placing trainee sailors on different ships. They have their own contact person for applicants. If you have any questions, please contact

Can I get to sail with my friend on the same ship?

You can get in. If you have a wish, with whom you want to be in the same crew, tell us about it on the Windseeker application form. We strive to fulfill your wishes.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, the travel insurance must be taken care of by the trainee. It is a good idea for those who go sailing to get a free European Health Insurance card. The card is free and can be ordered through Kela’s website.

What is a typical day during the sailing?

No two days at sea are alike! Typically, ships are worked in two shifts for 8 hours a day, four during the day and four at night. During the shifts, we sail, navigate, take care of the ship’s maintenance and help with cooking tasks. There is free time between shifts, when you can rest and enjoy the maritime atmosphere and good company.

What should you bring for sailing?

The most important thing is to pack lightly and compactly. Take a soft sports bag with you, as the ships have limited space for luggage.

You need with you: passport or valid identity card, copy of insurance, two pairs of shoes (sneakers and rubber boots), waterproof and windproof jacket and pants, warm sweater, t-shirts, warm underwear, socks and pajamas, shorts and work pants. You also need sandals, a cap and beanie, travel-sized detergent, a towel, sunscreen, sunglasses, pocket money, motion sickness medicine and other personal medicines. Also pack clothes suitable for the crew party and parade clothes.

If you want, you can take a camera, a flashlight, a small backpack in which you carry things while on land. You can also take notes and snacks with you.

Does the phone work on board?

It is likely that the mobile phone network does not work on the ship, at least all the time, when sailing on the open sea.

What does the trainee experience enable?

Taking part in sailing is an unforgettable adventure! Participation enables new friendships, teaches courage, sailing skills, teamwork, self-knowledge, and experience of new cultures and ways of working. This is an experience that will surely not be forgotten.

What are the safety measures for sailing?

Safety on board is always a priority. All vessels comply with national safety regulations and STI rules and regulations. You will be taught how to operate the ship safely and in compliance with the rules. Life jackets are available for all participants, as well as lifeboats in accordance with international regulations. All sailors also participate in safety exercises.

Before the competition, all vessels are inspected and must fill the  safety requirements. 

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