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.

Tall Ships Races 2018 - Race 1



Sunderland, England
July 13, 2018


Esbjerg, Denmark
July 20, 2018

TSR2018 Race 1 Aboard ATYLA – Book Now and Save £135!

Atyla is a traditional wooden hulled ship, that looks like something straight out of a pirate movie! During July and August Atyla will join the Tall Ships Races 2018. Sail Training International’s largest annual sailing event.

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!

The 2018 races are separated into three parts. The first part - Race 1 - starts off in Sunderland (UK) with the fleet racing east for four days to Esbjerg in Denmark. The second part - the cruise in company – will see the fleet cruising north for five days to Stavanger in Norway. The third and final part - Race 2 - will see the fleet racing south for five days to Harlingen in The Netherlands.

Most of these voyages are only a few days long; perfect to fit in around any work or study commitments! In fact, the entire race series is less than a month long- why not treat yourself and properly get away from it all?

As always, you don’t need any previous experience to sail and can be of any age or gender. Are you ready to be modern day Viking? Then take up the challenge and book now!

Interested in Race 1?

The voyage will start in Sunderland, and you’ll get to spend a night meeting everyone aboard ship as it stays moored in the South Dock or along the Wear, right at the heart of Sunderland’s festivities! The next day you’ll literally learn the ropes before setting sail down the Wear and out into the North Sea in a magnificent parade of sail.

This voyage involves sailing far from the sight of land, across busy shipping channels. Prepare for an epic adventure navigating around other vessels and darting in front of your sailing competitors! Prepare for changing weather and winds as your experience grows, and together you steer Atyla eastwards into the rising sun. Always striving to be the fastest and best handled ship you’ll soon see the rolling hills and golden sands of the German and Danish coast, using the tides to your advantage to gain momentum! Before long you’ll be through the finish line at Esbjerg, and cruising into the Danish harbour. If you enjoy using the winds and waves to your advantage and sailing in all conditions this would be perfect for you!

Atyla and her crew will arrive in Esbjerg while the festival is in full swing. During Tall Ships races, lots of the public want to come aboard Atyla to look around. You’ll be assigned a ‘port watch’, a time where you’ll need to stay aboard to act as tour guide for people who want to visit the ship. It’s great fun and a brilliant way to inspire more people to enjoy the amazing sail training experience.

You’ll also be invited to join in with Esbjerg’s crew parade along with the rest of the crew. This is a brilliant thing to do, and we highly recommend you take up the offer. Wear your trainee t-shirt with pride and wave at the crowds lining the streets!

After the crew parade and port watches, it’s about time for some rest and relaxation! Trainees travelling aboard the Atyla are invited to optional crew only activities, which include 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.

The rest of your time is your own, so you can enjoy all the festivities in the city. There will be lots of special maritime themed stalls and shows to see, as well as the regular attractions of the city – so embrace adventure and explore this Danish delight while you are in port!

This voyage is a well-balanced package, with a little of everything sail training has to offer! 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, exploring Denmark 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 Tall Ships Races 2018.
  • Participation in the Parade of Sail with all ships leaving Sunderland.
  • Participation in the Crew Parade, Crew Party and other activities for-crews-only in Esbjerg.
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Getting To and From Sunderland

Sunderland has good road and rail links. If you are travelling by car from the north or west you can take the A1231 to the centre of the city. If you are driving from the south take the A19, before joining the A690. National Express coaches run frequent (and cheap) services to Sunderland city centre and the Stadium of Light.

Sunderland Railway Station is in the centre of town and has mainline railway links from all over the UK. The station is connected to the Tyne and Wear Metro line which has frequent links from Newcastle, and Newcastle Airport.

Getting To and From Esbjerg

Esbjerg Station is the transportation hub for the city. It is the main rail link, and has frequent services to Danish cities of Aarhus, Odense and Copenhagen. Esbjerg also has a frequent rail connection with Niebüll in Germany. Coaches also run frequently to Esbjerg station from Copenhagen, operated by the Flixbus company.

If you are travelling by car Esbjerg has good road links. If you are travelling from the east, you can get into the city centre via the E20 motorway. If you are travelling from the south, take Route 24 from Ribe.

If you are travelling from further afield you can fly to the city’s airport (Esbjerg Airport). Local bus routes 44, 144 and 409 all connect the airport to the city centre. If you are travelling from the UK, flights to Esbjerg are via Aberdeen airport, so be prepared to make a connection there.


Sunderland is a busy industrial city in the North East of the UK. Set on cliffs overlooking wide sandy beaches, Sunderland is well worth exploring. Once upon a time the city built great steamships to plough through the oceans and in 2018 will be celebrating its 30th anniversary.

In July 2018, Sunderland will gear up to host the Tall Ships as a part of those celebrations. The city plans to have a huge range of nautical attractions and stalls in the seaside and riverside areas. Trainees are expected to join the ships on Friday 13 July, but why not arrive a day early on Thursday 12 July to watch the Crew Parade? The Crew Parade will weave through the city from the port, with hundreds of sailors from all around the world walking through town decked out in colourful clothes and outlandish buccaneer outfits – a truly unique spectacle! (Note: If you do arrive on the 12th you will need to find your own accommodation for the evening).

If you do visit for a bit more time, you should explore the riverside in the city centre. Over the last thirty years, the old Victorian shipyards, wharves and warehouses along the River Wear in the centre of town have been transformed into trendy shops, bars, offices, homes and museums. Fish Quay on the South side of the river is home to the University of Sunderland’s St. Peter's Campus, and there is a lot of student accommodation in the area. The students have brought the area a youthful vibe, so why not visit its bustling pubs and coffee shops?

Almost all the city’s museums are also in the riverside area, and near to one another – so if you are a history fan why not plan a ‘museum crawl’ (it’s like a pub crawl but with more knowledge) for an afternoon? Sunderland is home to the National Glass Centre; the North-East Land, Sea and Air Museum- and it also has a really engaging local history museum.

If museums aren’t really your thing, check out the Stadium of Light! The Stadium of Light is the home of the Sunderland Association Football Club, and has several club shops selling football memorabilia and a fine dining restaurant.

If you prefer the great outdoors – Sunderland has pretty winter gardens in the centre of town that are open every day. Walking out to the iconic Roker pier and Lighthouse on the seafront is also well worth doing. Roker Lighthouse will be open to the public for the first time in 112 years when major restoration works finish in early 2018.

On Friday, you will join your ships in the quaysides around the harbour entrance– so you’ll definitely get a chance to walk along the long sweeping promenades and breakwaters next to the sea. These beautiful areas of sea shore are popular with locals and tourists alike, often being voted the most beautiful attractions in Sunderland on sites like TripAdvisor.


Esbjerg has hosted the Tall Ships Races three times before, and always puts on a great festival. The next tall ships race, in 2018, coincides with the 150th anniversary of the founding of the city – so the city is going that extra mile to celebrate and give you a wonderful experience!

As always at a Sail Training international event, the sailors of each ship will parade through the city – with each ship and crew adding their own personal touches to the event! In previous years there have been pirates and mermaids in the truly international crowd! There is also the popular crew party for all participating trainees and permanent crew – so you’ll get to chill out and relax with people from all over the world.

Outside of the official events Esbjerg is the fifth largest city in Denmark – and nestled between rolling hills and sandy beaches. Some of the best attractions in the city are on the seashore- if you love the natural world you can book onto a seal safari, to see the city’s cutest residents! If you’d rather stay on dry land during your visit, you can also see and feed the occupant seals at the sea life centre (attached to the Fisheries and Maritime museum).

If you have a day free, why not take a short boat ride to the island of Fano and soak up even more Danish scenery and culture? Walking through its traditional villages and thatched cottages is like stepping back in time, and it’s a very popular destination with tourists!

If culture is more your thing Esbjerg’s highly rated Fisheries and Maritime museum is in the centre of town. As well as housing seals, the museum showcases the stories of brave past sailors who sailed the North Sea over the centuries. The modernist Music Hall is also a must-see for any opera aficionado – it is home to ‘The New Opera’ company, who perform regularly and are much admired.

As you walk through town you’ll probably notice loads of public art installations and sculptures dotted around the place – the city is home to many artworks, bought and gifted over the years. A diverse collection of artist Henry Heerup's sculptures can be found in ‘Heerup's Garden’ – well worth walking in if you are nearby. Even the city’s buildings are artistic: the minimalist brutalist architecture of Sankt Nikolaj Church is unique, and a real contrast to the Victorian gothic style of the railway station and the water tower.

Esbjerg is a wonderful city that is very welcoming to all sailors, young and old. Whether you visit its attractions, enjoy yourself walking on the golden sands of the beach or sit back and unwind at one of the many harbourside fish restaurants we hope you will enjoy its wonderful hospitality.

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 "Tall Ships Races 2018 - Race 1".

You will embark on July 13, 2018 in Sunderland, England and disembark on July 20, 2018 in Esbjerg, Denmark.

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