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Astrid Holm

Astrid Holm, Finland

“New friends, fresh air and amazing experiences!”

Davis Odzins

Davis Odzins, Latvia

“Being afraid of heights, I experienced my moment of true happiness… climbing to the highest point on the ship while sailing… enjoying the view of a lifetime.”

Sheng Hua Patrick

Sheng Hua Patrick Huang, New Zealand

“I’m astounded on how much it impacts you and puts pride in your life.”

Hristiya Orfeeva Mindova

Hristiya Orfeeva Mindova, Bulgaria

“The moto of the ship is ‘Adventure is the best form of education,’ and they totally proved it.”

Kaisa Marie Vallomae

Kaisa-Marie Vellomae, Estonia

“I would recommend it 100%… learning in process is so much more fun!”

Martijn Bazuin

Martijn Bazuin, The Netherlands

“You learn a lot about yourself, others and the world of sailing.”

Attila Hutora

Attila Hutora, The Netherlands

“I was amazed when I saw the water everywhere around me.”

Karen Hughes

Karen Hughes, Ireland

“I met people from different nationalities and learnt words in foreign languages!”

Jake Mallalieu

Jake Mallalieu, UK

“Have fun, laugh and most importantly… have one hell of an adventure!”

Sheng Hua Patrick

Sheng-Hua Patrick Huang, New Zealand

“It is the kind of experience that you take with you and reflect back on.”

Karen Hughes

Karen Hughes, Ireland

“Sometimes you were called for ‘all hands on deck!'”

Anna May

Anna May, Hungary

“Life is great without any internet connection or phone network.”

Jonathan Maus

Jonathan Maus, Germany

“Learning as much as I could about sailing, especially about racing strategies and navigating.”

Willemijn Hamming

Willemijn Hamming, The Netherlands

“You could really feel the team spirit while hoisting the sails and feeling the waves.”

Astrid Holm

Astrid Holm, Finland

“New friends, fresh air and new, amazing experiences.”

Kristof Pinter

Kristóf Pintér, Hungary

“The welcome was warm and friendly.”

Deverop Verloop

Deveron Verloop, The Netherlands

“It’s really important to work together to accomplish goals.”

Ethel Rosenfeldt

Ethel Rosenfeldt, Estonia

“I developed confidence in overcoming new challenges and determination to achieve team goals.”

Jasmin Hutt

Jasmin Hütt, Germany

“Sailing is a way to see the beauty of our world.”

Anna Klosterkov Norgaard

Anna Klosterskov Nørgaard, Denmark

“We made lots of pancakes, played guitar and sang birthday songs from different countries.”

Martin Tinich

Martin Tinich, Hungary

“I can participate in something so big!”

Sophie Boettge

Sophie Boettge, Germany

“It was such fun… the whole crew dressed in green and some people were really crazy.”

Jake Mallalieu

Jake Mallalieu, UK

“Beautiful people and beautiful places.”

Emilie Zimmerman

Emilie Zimmerman, Germany

“It is the kind of experience that you reflect back on and think ‘WOW… I did that?!'”

Ethel Rosenfeldt

Ethel Rosenfeldt, Estonia

“I will cherish the experience and new friends for the rest of my life.”

Amy Shanahan

Amy Shanahan, Ireland

“There was a sense of… we made it!”

Anne Sofie Arildskov

Anne Sofie Arildskov, Denmark

“It was an experience to climb the mast.”

Julia Zammit

Julia Zammit, Malta

“We started gaining speed and everyone was excited, we were in a good place in the race.”

Anne Sofie Arildskov

Anne Sofie Arildskov, Denmark

“The crew parade was fun…. we made up songs and slogans to sing.”

Kristof Pinter

Kristóf Pintér, Hungary

“We had a lion mascot and everybody danced!”

Tomas Kochloffel

Tomáš Kochlöffel, Czech Republic

“We came into port and for the first time in my life, I saw the Tall Ships!”

Anna May

Anna May, Hungary

“There are moments that allow you to think about the important things in life.”

Anna Klosterkov Norgaard

Anna Klosterskov Nørgaard, Denmark

“You find out that you really like a person, because he or she can teach you things and show you how to be better.”

Jasmin Hutt

Jasmin Hütt, Germany

“Nature, adventure and new friends make you luckier than money, luxury and daily internet connection.”

Kelly Kase

Kelly Kase, Estonia

“I discovered that there is more in me!”

Samantha Hanna

Samantha Hanna, UK

“Sail training gives you the chance to explore new horizons, both literally and metaphorically.”

Sophie Boettge

Sophie Boettge, Germany

“The crew were open-hearted and really friendly and I felt good.”

Julia Zammit

Julia Zammit, Malta

“I was on the jib net… it’s something I thought I would never do!”

Jake Mallalieu

Jake Mallalieu, UK

“That feeling of being alone in the middle of nowhere.”

Martin Tinich

Martin Tinich, Hungary

“The bursary has given me an adventure to remember for the rest of my life!’’

Xavier Wadbled

Xavier Wadbled, France

“The high sea is a harsh environment, so it quickly creates strong bonds between people!”

Jasmin Hutt

Jasmin Hütt, Germany

“You learn a lot about yourself and feel free!”

Anna May

Anna May, Hungary

“All the small details put together formed a perfect experience for me!”

Sarah Asplin

Sarah Asplin

“My exchange visit to Canada has been an unforgettable adventure! I am incredibly grateful to ASTO for organising this exchange and James Myatt Trust for their sponsorship. I had a fantastic time aboard the Tall Ship St Lawrence II, with thanks to all of the crew from Brigantine Inc. on the ship and the staff in the office. As ASTO allowed me to fly out earlier, I had the opportunity to explore a little extra of Canada as well and completed my Gold Duke of Edinburgh Expedition, in Algonquin Provincial Park by Canoe, which was fantastic.”

Peta Koczy

Peter Koczy

“I loved getting to grips with a new ship – I wanted to know how everything worked and found myself inspired by all the new things around me; from different sails, to different ways of structuring the voyage, to different young people. All of the young people wanted to get the most out of their 10 days – it was something they were really looking forward to! They were totally driven to learn and to take the lead and that’s what Spirit of New Zealand works to develop.”

Clara Charleton

Clara Charleton, Ireland

“At the beginning, I found myself in a situation which challenged me. However, sailing in a Tall Ship like Gulden Leeuw had always been a dream of mine, so I decided from the start that no matter what I would do the best that I could and take part in as much as possible. So, I put my heart into the trip to get the maximum benefit from this incredible opportunity.”

Gerlinde Loureys

Gerlinde Loureys, Belgium

“I also loved meeting lots of different people and made a lot of friends that I will definitely keep in touch with on Facebook, and also some who live just an hour away from me so we can visit each other.  For me that was as an important part of the event as the sailing.”

Anna Larsson

Anna Larsson, Sweden

“The feeling when you run the ship at sea only using the wind and the sails and you just know that the two match each other perfectly at this point. It’s hard to describe but very addictive.”

Christine Chesterman

Christine Chesterman, Canada

“It changed the direction of my life when I realised that sail training had the power to set people free from a lot of the damaging expectations our world has about who is valuable.”

Sean Andrews

Sean Andrews, UK

“It’s a great opportunity to meet people from all walks of life and share your cultures with each other. Even if you’re surrounded by those from your home nation, there’s still no better time to make great friends than when you’re on a Tall Ships voyage.”