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Class A
Nationality The Netherlands
Year Built 1920
Rig Topsail Schooner 2


  • Name: WYLDE SWAN
  • Class: A
  • Nationality: The Netherlands
  • Year built: 1920
  • Home port: Makkum, Netherlands
  • Rig: Topsail Schooner 2
  • Height: 36.27 m
  • Length: 40.90 m
  • Entered by: Swan Fan Makkum


  • Areas of operation: Northern Europe, Atlantic/Caribbean, Canada
  • Number of trainees: 36
  • Number of permanent crew: 14
  • Berth types: Bunks, Hammocks, Mixed
  • Showers: Yes
  • Operational language(s) on board: English
  • Other language(s) spoken on board: Dutch, German
  • Special diets catered for: Yes

Tall ship races and regattas


The hull of Wylde Swan started life as a ‘herring hunter’ in the 1920’s, working off the Shetland Islands – a ship built for speed, ferrying the fresh catch from fishing grounds to the markets ashore. The Jemo, as she was originaly called, was originally built by HDW in Kiel.

The ship was decommissioned sometime in the late 20th century and had changed ownership several times before Willem Slighting saw in her underwater shape the makings of a fast sailing ship. Her sleek underwater hull is now part of a rugged sailing ship, reminiscent of the large schooner yachts of the 1900 era. She underwent a rebuild in 2010.