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 - Dublin to Bordeaux

ATYLA Ship by James M Pilgrim


Dublin, Ireland
June 3, 2018


Bordeaux, France
June 16, 2018

Sail on the open ocean down to the famous Wine Festival in Bordeaux!



The city of Dublin celebrates a Tall Ships Festival every year and has hosted The Tall Ships Races two times in the past, so they know very well what this it's all about. There’ll be great moments in this festival.

But please note that in order to enjoy the festival in Dublin you’ll need to sail on ATYLA from Liverpool. Otherwise, this trip to Bordeaux only includes one night in Dublin before the ship leaves.


The impressive Samuel Beckett Bridge will open to let ATYLA and the other ships out of Dublin, we all will sail down the Liffey River surrounded by thousands of spectators, and you’ll be on board ATYLA either on deck or already up the mast.

After leaving Dublin, we’ll sail south some miles to meet the start line of the race, so we’ll have the freedom—if the weather allows—to anchor somewhere and go swimming.

The race to Bordeaux is across the Bay of Biscay, so we'll do some good open-ocean sailing. Then we will sail up the Gironde Estuary, the biggest in the whole of western Europe, surrounded by impressive nature and beautiful urban areas. We will even see some little islands in the middle of the Estuary, some of them are cultivated with vines, some of them completelly virgin.


According to Lonely Planet, Bordeaux is one of the best urban destinations in the world!

And what better moment to visit it than when dozens of Tall Ships arrive at the city for the start of the famous Bordeaux Wine Festival?

This means that, apart from visiting the breathtaking city and experiencing the Tall Ships Festival from the inside, you’ll be able to be present for an important culinary and cultural event!

After enjoying all the activities during the Festival, plus the Crew Parade and the Crew party, you’ll be able to get back home easily. You can either leave by train or bus using the city's many connections to the rest of Europe, or by plane from the Airport of Bordeaux, which has direct flights to destinations as far as Turkey.

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 Tall Ships Regatta 2018
  • Participation in the Crew Parade, Crew Party and other activities for-crews-only in Bordeaux
  • Sailing on board ATYLA during the Parade of Sail with all the ships leaving Dublin
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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.


Bordeaux is easy to get to and from by rail and by road – and has an international airport 5 miles from the city centre in Mérignac.

You can easily travel to and from Bordeaux by road. Surrounding the city is a ring road called the ‘Rocade’ which connects to several motorways: the A10 motorway to Paris by, the A89 to Lyon, the A62 to Toulouse by, and the A63 towards Spain. The international coach company Eurolines operates out of the city, offering coach travel to/from Paris and London.

The main railway station, Gare de Bordeaux Saint-Jean has fast connections, travel from the city to Paris takes approximately three hours. By connecting through Paris you can easily travel to major European cities, such as Amsterdam or London (via Eurostar).

Catching an aeroplane at Bordeaux Airport is the quickest way of getting to/from the region. The airport is connected to both the train station and city centre by the bus line ‘1+’. This bus service, run by the city, is affordable and frequent.


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 wake boarding!

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!


Bordeaux is the largest city in the Gironde region of South West France, and famous for its red wines. Every two years it hosts the VinExpo, the world’s largest wine fair, with produce from the regions chateau vineyards showcased in the city.

*Quite coincidentally* the Tall Ships have decided to travel to Bordeaux during VinExpo 2018 meaning the city will be hosting two major events at once, hosting fantastic tall ships along with the region’s best wine merchants. A partnership made in heaven!

While you stay in Bordeaux why not explore the city’s delightful waterfront? Its historical importance and beauty has meant that it is the largest urban area with UNESCO world heritage status. While your ship is moored up against the city’s medieval quaysides you can explore charming neoclassical houses and warehouses before enjoying a bite to eat in the beautiful cafés dotted around. We would recommend trying a chilled glass of rosé while dining outside in the sun (but then again who wouldn’t recommend that!)

If you feel like exploring some of the history and culture in the city, you should check out the gothic Cathedral of Saint Andrew – complete with its stunning rose window. Awesomely, the King of England bought so much wine from the city during the Middle Ages that the the city could pay for the Cathedral!

The University of Bordeaux is very popular and the thousands of visiting scholars have meant the modern areas of the city enjoy a youthful vibe with hip coffee shops, super-food trucks and striking modern architecture. One of the coolest places to go in Bordeaux is to the Centre of Contemporary Visual Arts. The centre has a fantastic collection of modern art and is hidden away inside some unassuming warehouses on the docks.

Sailing into Bordeaux really shows what the city is about – when you enter the city by ship you pass under the iconic and very modern Chaban Delmas lift-bridge before mooring up at the medieval quayside. It’s this contrast of old and new that makes Bordeaux an exciting and fresh destination to visit – with something for everyone – and wine for all!

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 - Dublin to Bordeaux".

You will embark on June 3, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland and disembark on June 16, 2018 in Bordeaux, France.

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