The experience that will divide your life into before and after
POLAR SAIL TRAINING VOYAGES
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HAVE A LOOK AT THE PHOTOS FROM OUR POLAR VOYAGES
In 2020 – 2022 we conducted a number of voyages to the Arctic, Antarctica and Iceland. Here are some photos of our trainees.
REVIEWS
Friedrich Baratz
Antarctica 2020
"The voyage in Antarctica is one of the highlights of my life to date. It was very informative and interesting. We were lucky to have a great team. We matched up very comfortably in all aspects – in character and in our ways to perceive the experience.

Firstly, the voyage was full of interesting events, impressions and wild nature. Secondly, probably, our emotional experience and overcoming of our fears were very important - on the way back we were lucky to meet both with the storm and with strong winds.

It was a revelation to realise that you start to worry or be afraid of something after it is over as there is no time for that when you are dealing with it.

The most interesting thing about voyage is that simple, ordinary issues become something you have to get used to and get over. For example, you need to learn how to cook when the ship is rocked by the storm waves or how to keep a watch. We cut up some paper tickets and everyone drew out their watch time. My fellow watchman and I got the time from 2 to 5 (day and night), and for 21 days we kept watch at those time.

We considered it lucky as the most interesting things happened from 2 to 5 a.m. For instance, when we were sailing through the Drake Passage, we were the first to see the shore of Antarctica and when we were on our way back, we were the first to see Cape Horn. All the winds and storms started on our watch; and the tack or course changes also took place then.

On the way back we had two days of really rough weather which was the biggest storm I have ever seen or experienced. It lasted for two days and the wind was up to 9 on Beaufort scale".
Dina Bova
Iceland 2021
"I sailed on the Dutch tall ship Wylde Swan with a group of trainees from Maritime Practice. About the life onboard and my personal experience: if you expect a romantic voyage where you enjoy your martini while watching sunset, then sailing on a tall ship is not for you and you are going to be disappointed. There's no such romance there, but there's something bigger – something I enjoy most of all – the romance of adventure. You step into a different world and become a part of it. From your very first second onboard from a casual observer you turn into an active participant and just do everything an experienced sailor does. This world absorbs and transforms you completely.

All the trainees were divided into 3 groups (watches), each led by an experienced member of the crew. During our voyage the groups stood watch on deck in turn, day and night. Each group has 2X2 hours' day watch and one 4 hours' night watch. During the watch some people steer, some work with the sails, some take notes for the ship's logbook, some work in the engine room and some cook in the kitchen (or galley). All of us got to do all that many times.

Working with the sails is the hardest job as you have to pull rather heavy ropes each time you set or take sails down. Sometimes you have to climb high to roll them, and this job is not for the faint-hearted: one night 2 guys from my group and I had to climb 35 meters to secure the sail under heavy rain. Obviously, you wear your harness and clip yourself but nevertheless you try to concentrate and not look down.

Everyone always asks if you get sea-sick: well, sometimes there were storms, the waves were 2-3 meters high and the ship was rocking a lot. It was fun but if you are not used to it, you can feel sick. I never had such a problem before but this time I had to take some pills. Soon my body adapted to the rocking and I even felt sick on dry land.

Apart from keeping watch on the deck, we had to stand the galley watch. We had to do the dishes after all meals and put them all in the cupboards, to clean the floors, to peel the potatoes. My turn to stand the galley watch was on the first day of our voyage, and they made me and my new friend Artem work hard! But it was fun. We put on some music when we were washing the dishes and the floors and made jokes about adding some badly smelling fermented shark we bought in Reykjavik to the food.

We always had plenty of great food to eat. Our cook Herman spoiled us baking fresh bread every day and cooking amazing soups, fish, meat and desserts.

We also had some naval theory classes with our instructor – the legendary Lev Rodshteyn – about navigation, winds, sailing vessels etc. We even learned how to tie nautical knots!

We embarked in Reykjavik and then sailed along the western coast of Iceland, stopping in picturesque fishing villages like Stykkisholmur and in fjords Patreksfjordur и Isafjordur.

Then the schooner crossed the Arctic Circle (66.31.14N 20.01.80W) at 7:33 am of the 15th of July, and we anchored near the island of Grimsey.

Grimsey is a remote island with the population of only 200 fishermen where you can see thousands of puffins. These little black birds look like mini-pinguins from afar, they have red beaks and white chests. You can also meet some very aggressive Arctic seagulls, they come to the island to nest and they attack everyone who dares to come close. When we returned to the ship, we had to undergo a special ritual to become polar sailors. Everyone had to drink a glass of seawater.

We sailed 525 miles in total and finished our voyage in a lovely town of Akureyri in the north of Iceland.

We had a few great walks when we stopped in all those places, we enjoyed the incredibly beautiful scenery and met with very hospitable Icelanders – like our new friend Gretar Magnusson who took me and Artem to see a ghost ship or a local fisherman who gave us 5 huge fish from his morning catch.

We took this fish onboard where our cook baked it in the oven and one of our trainees – George – made some great fish soup.

A few words about the ship: 2-masted schooner Wylde Swan was launched in 1920 and served as a fishing vessel for many years. In 2010 she underwent a major reconstruction. Her weight is 274 tons, she carries 700 square meters of sails. The ship is equipped with a diesel engine. The permanent crew consists of 14 people plus us – 12 trainees and an instructor. The average speed is 7 knots (12.9km/h), we reached 10.7 knots at some point.

Well, I must conclude saying that it was one of the most amazing and strongest impressions in my whole life, it was as if I found myself in an adventure novel about the sailors and their life at sea. I'll never forget it…

Thank you Maritime Practice and the crew of Wylde Swan for this voyage and an unforgettable experience!"
Maxim Savostyanov
Antarctica 2020
"No complaints - it was an absolutely fantastic story. I liked every bit of it! I don't really know if I can tell you about it in just a few sentences as it was a truly unique experience.

First of all, it was the first such a voyage for Maritime Practice and it opened up a new destination for them.

Secondly, it was time to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the discovery of Antarctica. The voyage was full of memorable meetings: we met with the famous tall ships Pallada and Kruzenshtern which at the time were taking part in the circumnavigation of the world. The meeting took place near Tierra del Fuego. We also met the polar researchers on the Bellingshausen polar station, we participated in the celebrations to mark the anniversary of the continent's discovery. The historical importance of all the events we had an honour to be part of made our voyage very memorable.

It is difficult to single out anything in particular as we experienced so many things!

I guess I can divide this voyage into two parts:

The first one is the ocean crossing through the Drake Passage, from Cape Horn to Antarctica and back. This is a story about the maritime practice, about overcoming all the difficulties, about intensive work for the crew: the day and night watches, the steering in a storm and the exhausting rocking.

The second part is Antarctica itself, all the polar stations and unforgettable places we visited. This part is more about fun, fantastic wildlife, new experiences. The night watch, the Southern Cross overhead, the roars of the glaciers crumbling in the dark and the whales puffing their fountains around you... These are the things you probably won't get to experience anywhere else.

It was a unique experience: I don't think there are too many people in the world who have been to Antarctica on a sailing boat. As for me, it's probably the most vivid experience of my life so far.

It was a great voyage and we had an amazing crew".
Marina Tsimbler
Iceland 2021
"When I first found out about the voyage, I couldn't believe my eyes. Becoming a trainee on a schooner and seeing one of the most beautiful places in the world sounded too good to be true. But all that was for real.

As trainees, we took part in everyday work on board the ship during a week-long voyage from Akureyri to Reykjavik. All the trainees were divided into 3 watches, each group kept watch for 4 hours twice a day. The training and support were provided by the crew of the Wylde Swan and Maritime Practice instructors.

What did we do during the watch?

We set and furled the sails, climbed the masts (!!!), helped at the galley. If you think that the galley duty is not so difficult, try to carry a pot of hot soup to the wardroom during the pitching.

We also took the helm: you can't imagine those butterflies in your stomach when you steer the ship between two other vessels – even if you know that the captain can see everything and will correct any mistake you make if necessary.

We also kept the ship's log: our current position on the map, speed, winds, weather etc. The ship engineer showed us how to check the engine room to make sure all systems work properly.

After we arrived at our destination – Reykjavik, we had to prepare the ship for the next voyage: the storm was expected in just a few days, so we helped to get rid of all the unnecessary items and to secure all the necessary. So, I think, we've tried all the activities on the ship we could.

At the end of my voyage, I couldn't believe that just a week ago I didn't know any of these people. In just 7 days we experienced so much together that we very quickly became good friends.

I was so lucky to meet people who:

– danced with me during our watch at the galley
– chatted to me and sang with me when I became seasick to help me to overcome it
– taught me everything they knew
– were really happy and shared that happiness with me
– I had such a great fun with
– I can rely on

I can say the same about the ship's crew – guys, you are so cool! All of you – the crew of the Wylde Swan and the instructors of the Maritime practice – you are all great professionals and simply amazing people!

And when you sing a pirate song together with the crew at the end of your watch, this is undoubtedly the best moment of your day!"
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Terms & Conditions regarding Covid-19
Greenland:

You have to be fully vaccinated with the vaccine approved by European Medicines Agency (EMA). A PCR-test and quarantine are not required. Children under 12 don't have to be vaccinated.

This site contains all the necessary information on the travel restrictions in effect for travel to Greenland due to COVID-19:

https://visitgreenland.com/corona-faq/ - toggle-id-1

The entry regulations are subject to change, but we are monitoring the situation daily and will inform you of any changes as soon as possible.

Antarctica:

The voyages start in Ushuaia (Argentina), so we have to follow it's regulations.

You have to be fully vaccinated and provide a PCR-test (within 72 hours before the arrival) or Antigen-test (within 48 hours before the arrival), except for children under 6.

7-day quarantine is required for those who are not vaccinated.

Those who have been unlucky to get COVID-19 have to provide a positive PCR-test that was made no less than 10 days prior to the arrival.

This site contains all the necessary information on the travel restrictions in effect for travel to Argentina due to COVID-19:

https://www.argentina.gob.ar/interior/migraciones/ddjj-migraciones

The entry regulations are subject to change, but we are monitoring the situation daily and will inform you of any changes as soon as possible.
Who can take part in the voyage?
Both men and women are welcome. You have to be 18 and older to take part independently. Children aged 12 and older can also join us when accompanied by their parents. Previous experience is not required. We will teach you everything you need to know to sail safely in the first 2 days of your voyage.
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WHAT TO EXPECT
THE SCHOONER AMAZONE
The two-masted schooner is an ice class sailing boat launched by Olivier van Meer Design in the Netherlands. Built in 1963, she was operated as a fishery vessel in the North Sea. In 1993, she was refitted to be a sailing boat used for regular charter voyages.

She is capable of high speeds in the water but is equally comfortable while cruising.

Technical specifications:
Length – 42 m
Width – 6.8 m
Draught – 3.7 m
Sail size – 420 m2
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