Świnoujście — Riga

Startharbour: Świnoujście
Boarding after: 20.06.2021 16:00
Departure: 21.06.2021 09:00
Port of destination: Riga
Arrival: 26.06.2021 12:00
Debarkation before: 27.06.2021 10:00
Days on board: 8
Suggested donation towards jorney expenses: 499€

Świnoujście, Poland – A week at sea – Intensive sail training – Riga, Latvia

500 nautical miles

Sum and substance
A week-long passage along the Baltic shore from Świnoujście, Poland, to Riga, Latvia. This is a complicated passage. We will need to cove a great distance in a short time. Which means intensive sailing, a lot of night watches and sailing maneuvers, involved passage planning and active navigation. 

If you are interested in sailing, seafaring and ships, the way it all works and feels and how to use it to your advantage, if you are active, energetic, daring and not afraid of hardship, this is a perfect passage for you.
The passage starts in Świnoujście, Poland in the estuary of the Swina river in Poland. Świnoujście is famous for its’ XIXth century fortifications and a sea- fishing museum.

Next day after boarding we depart and the effort to get to Riga in a week time begins. This is not going to be easy! But the destination is well worth it. Riga is a most beautiful Hanseatic League city under UNESCO protection. Also you can watch the start of the Gulf of Riga yachting race on July 2nd.

Sail training
This passage is going to be loaded full with seamanship. The first order of business would be to plan the passage with respect to the weather forecast, because 500 nautical miles in a week is a significant distance for an 18th century tall ship. The Captain will give you an overview of how seafarers interpret and use forecasts and how that influences the route, as the most efficient path between two places is not always a straight line, especially at sea and under sail.

We will spend a lot of time at sea, so by the end of the journey you would be a real old salt, whho knows how to set and take in the sails, what is bracing and how it relates to the wind direction, how to plot a course and keep it under ever-changing wind and currents.