ATYLA Ship Foundation

ATYLA sails the seas providing exciting and challenging experiences specially designed to nurture the development of responsible leaders, encourage individuals to become proactive team players, and create respectful, open-minded members of society. During the summer season ATYLA sails voyages of 1 to 4 weeks operating an innovative Educational Programme.

ATYLA sails the seas providing exciting and challenging experiences specially designed to nurture the development of responsible leaders, encourage individuals to become proactive team players, and create respectful, open-minded members of society. During the summer season ATYLA sails voyages of 1 to 4 weeks operating an innovative Educational Programme.

Three Festivals Regatta - Liverpool to Dublin

ATYLA Ship by James M Pilgrim


Liverpool, England
May 27, 2018


Dublin, Ireland
June 3, 2018

Join tall ship ATYLA for an incredible Irish Sea adventure in 2018!


For Summer 2018 Atyla is joining in with the Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta - an exciting series of races between Liverpool, Dublin and Bordeaux! The voyages are not too long, perfect if you are looking to fit a trip in around work or studying.

Atyla’s dedicated crew are welcoming, friendly and informal, and they invite you to join them aboard their incredible ship. You get to build your leadership/ teamwork skills in an exciting and fun way – they get to meet all sorts of people from all over the world – it’s an excellent trade-off!

Interested in Voyage 1?

The voyage will start in Liverpool, and you’ll get to spend a night meeting everyone aboard ship in the magnificent Albert Dock, right at the heart of Liverpool’s maritime festival! The next day you’ll literally learn the ropes before setting sail for the Irish Sea in a magnificent parade of sail.

This voyage involves lots of close quarters racing, and is bound to be an exhilarating, thrilling adventure! Most of the time you will keeping the other ships of the regatta in sight as you race Atyla around different waypoints to the finish line near Dublin, always striving to be the fastest and best handled ship. If you enjoy a bit of healthy competition – and enjoy seeing magnificent sailing ships in full sail manoeuvring close together – this is the perfect experience!

Atyla and her crew want to arrive in Dublin with a day to spare so that trainees can enjoy all the festivities in the city, there will be lots of special maritime stalls and attractions to see, as well as the traditional sights (and pubs) of the city! Trainees travelling aboard Atyla get to do special crew only activities, which includes a private party organised by the event planners, guided tours of the town and sports! Best of all you’ll get to meet all the other trainees from all the other ships, so you can share your stories and socialise with people from all over the world.

This voyage is an excellent introduction to sail training aboard Atyla - you would be taken on for 8 days, enjoying unique experiences, building your leadership, teamwork and communication skills, all while meeting people from all over the world and having fun!

Your Voyage will include...

  • Accommodation with full board (3 meals a day) & Private Bunk.
  • Certificated participation in Atyla’s Educational Programme.
  • Official Atyla T-shirt.
  • Official T-shirt of the Three Festivals Regatta 2018.
  • Participation in the Parade of Sail with all ships leaving Liverpool.
  • Participation in the Crew Parade, Crew Party and other activities for-crews-only in Dublin.
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Liverpool is well connected by air, rail and road.

You can fly to Liverpool John Lennon airport which is only 9 miles from Albert Dock. Alternatively, you can fly to Manchester Airport, which is a 45-minute drive from Albert Dock and has a regular coach service available.

London Midland Trains, Transpennine Express and Northern Rail run routes into Liverpool from all major UK cities. Additionally, you can now take a Virgin Train from Central London to Liverpool in 2 hours 13 minutes.

If you wish to travel by road, Liverpool is served by many National Express coaches from London and Manchester, and is connected to the M58 and M62 Motorways. To cross the Mersey, you could also take one of the historic Mersey Tunnels, which are unique in that they are policed by their own dedicated police force!


You can get to Dublin from the rest of Ireland by rail or by road, and from the rest of the world by ferry or by air.

You can fly into Dublin Airport with a range of airlines. Dublin airport is the largest in the Republic, and is well connected to the city centre by taxis and local buses. The blue Aircoach travels between the airport terminals and to key locations in the city centre.

Irish Ferries and Stena Line offer ferry services from Holyhead in Wales to Dublin’s European Ferry Port. You can also get ferries to Dublin from Cherbourg in France.

You can travel to Dublin from all railway stations in Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland, and when you arrive in Dublin the local DART or LUAS railways are available to run you around the city. The city is also surrounded by the M50 motorway, and road travellers can use the Dublin Port Tunnel to easily access the port area of the city.


Liverpool is a thriving dynamic city – most famous for its football club and its university – but also an important city in the sailing world. Liverpool has many historical links to sailing and the sea, and today it is the hub for tall ships in the North-West of England.

While in the city you should definitely check out the world-famous Cavern Club (where the Beatles started playing) and shop ‘til you drop at the newly refurbished Liverpool ONE shopping centre. For food, we would recommend trying ‘Scouse’, a local dish popular with sailors that is based on the food of the Vikings!

A key Liverpool location is the amazing Albert Dock. The dock is stuffed full of culture and history and famous for its Victorian architecture. While you are there you should visit the award winning Maritime Museum and the TATE Liverpool gallery. If you fancy some retail therapy or a cuppa after all that culture, the docks are also a brilliant place to find cool quirky shops and cafes.

The docklands are still operational, which is awesome! The docks are where all the Tall Ships moor up when they visit the city, and you’ll likely be spending a lot of time in this area, as it is where trainees and crew board and disembark. Every year the city hosts the International Mersey River Festival on the dockside– with hundreds of boats visiting the docks, live music and lots of attractions.

Fantastically, the culture and heritage gurus at both the UN and the EU agree that Liverpool has a lot to offer and is worthy of international recognition. In 2004 Liverpool's waterfront was awarded UNESCO World Heritage site status and the in 2008 the city was named European Capital of Culture.

We think Liverpool is a fab place to visit as well as a fab place for sailing. Whether you are in search of an awesome night out, fantastic shops, world leading museums/ galleries or simply a hearty supper the city really has something for everyone.


Dublin is the capital city of the Republic of Ireland – and Ireland’s biggest city. Set on the banks of the River Liffey as it flows into Dublin Bay, the city is full of charming cobbled streets, and old pubs, juxtaposed with trendy pop up restaurants and technology company headquarters.

The city champions all that is truly Irish: warmth, friendliness, and good craic! The many pubs, cafés and art galleries in Temple Bar often have folk musicians playing in the evenings and you should check them out if you love good beer and good music. We’d particularly recommend enjoying a pint and some Irish stew at Dublin's oldest microbrewery pub, the Porterhouse.

If you love history you should go and see the splendid 18th century buildings of Dublin Castle or explore the renaissance grandeur of Trinity College Dublin – its library holds the world-famous Book of Kells. To celebrate another key part of Irish culture, the Guinness Storehouse tour is worth doing – especially as they give out free samples– just beware of the crowds of tourists! For politics lovers Leinster House, home of the national parliament of Ireland, and the stately President’s house (Áras an Uachtaráin) in Phoenix Park are also worth seeing.

Since the millennium Dublin has experienced economic growth, becoming home to many international technology firms, like Amazon and TripAdvisor – it is also embracing a liberal identity, embracing diversity and hosting events such as the annual Gay Pride parade in the city.

The Tall Ships moor up in Dublin along the River Liffey which runs through the centre of the city. Attractions such as Temple Bar and Trinity College will be really nearby when you board/visit/disembark the ships and the river itself hosts unique attractions such as a diving bell and wakeboarding!

Dublin is a rich cultural city with excellent pubs, restaurants, music and culture. Again and again people who come to Dublin fall in love with it – and it’s easy to see why! Sláinte Dublin - we look forward to our next trip!

Thinking about sailing aboard ATYLA?

This family owned and run ship is great for people who love working with people from all around the world and enjoy a supportive co-operative training environment where everyone pitches in where needed. The ship prides itself on developing teamwork and leadership in its trainees and would be great if you want to boost your skills!

Atyla is a Spanish vessel, based on sailing ships from the 1800’s. She is made from African iroko wood and is one of the few wooden hulled ships still sailing today. The crew have developed a training programme focused on intercultural communication and teamwork, as a trainee you would be welcomed aboard by an international crew and get to learn about ways of life from across the globe.

In 2014 Atyla took a 20,000 kilometre voyage around the coastline of the European continent. More recently she crossed the Atlantic Ocean twice as part of the RDV2017 Tall Ships Regatta, sailing to Quebec and back. In August 2017, she won the RDV2017 Tall Ships Regatta ‘Most International Crew’ prize. The Atyla typically takes up to 24 trainees for larger multi-night voyages.

As a trainee you will get the opportunity to steer at the helm, navigate by the stars, cook in the galley, climb the rigging and maintain the ship. As well as learning to sail, Atyla focuses on bringing individuals from a range of cultures, ages, and social backgrounds to work together at sea - helping you to develop your teamwork and leadership skills in an international group.

Atyla’s galley serves delicious meals three times a day, and dining together is a key part of the trainee experience. You’ll try food from all over the world, and you’ll get to learn some of the recipes when you take your turn cooking in the ship’s galley with the chef! Everyone loves to eat on deck when it’s sunny – so you could eat under a canopy of stars, with the sound of the waves crashing off the bowsprit in your ears.

You would sleep in a cosy bunk, in one of the four cabins. Blankets and duvets are provided and each bunk has a privacy curtain. There are 9 bunks in the main cabin, 5 bunks in the portside middle cabin, 4 bunks in the starboard middle cabin and 6 bunks in the bow cabin. However, if you fancy more of an adventure you can always try a night in a hammock, sleeping like a pirate king!

Atyla is well equipped for day to day living: she is fully heated, she has 5 toilets/ 3 showers aboard and there is a washing machine to launder clothes and towels. She is also fitted with European style 220V plugs and USB chargers for all your devices.

Interested? Book your voyage today!

General Requirements

Minimum Age: 15

The official language on board is English. No sailing experience is required.

Voyage Summary

You will be sailing ATYLA for the voyage "Three Festivals Regatta - Liverpool to Dublin".

You will embark on May 27, 2018 in Liverpool, England and disembark on June 3, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland.

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