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Nothing can quite prepare you for the unforgettable atmosphere of racing. Picture yourself sailing on a beautiful Tall Ship, way out at sea, with the waves crashing against the hull, no land in sight, the sun rising behind you, and your closest competitor hot on your heels.
The Tall Ships race fleet will embark upon a race from Falmouth, to A Coruna, Spain crossing the Bay of Biscay and along the Iberian Peninsula to A Coruna, Spain. Following the race you will have the opportunity to spend 2 days in A Coruna celebrating with other tall ship crews, including crew activities, crew parade and crew party.
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If you would like to book a place on this voyage, please leave your details and someone will get back to you to provide booking information.
On a sailing voyage we never use the word itinerary, as skippers will always be aiming for the best sailing and shore landings for the forecast and most idyllic or sheltered anchors and ports. They are as keen as you to include some of the highlights describe, but you have to go with Mother Nature, not fight her. The description below is based on what we think might be possible, based on past trips, or experience, but nothing is guaranteed on a sailing voyage. If the following voyage description is not fulfilled for any reason, Maybe Sailing and Maybe Sailing Youth Initiative cannot be held responsible.
The International Tall Ships Races are a unique opportunity for individuals aged 15 to 25 years to be involved and take part in a world class event. On Maybe and all other participating ships, at least 50% of the crew will be young people. Maybe is happy for over 25 year old crew to sign up for the adventure of this tall ships race as long as they are prepared to enter into the spirit of what is essentially a young persons challenge and social event. If you sign up for the challenge on Maybe you will be joining hundreds of other Ships and thousands of under 25 year olds to pit your wits at sea, in one of the greatest races on earth. You really are part of the crew and absolutely vital to the running of the ship.
Gruelling sailing, night watches, sun burn, salt spray, green waves over the deck, tacking and gybing your way to the finish line. Awaiting you there are thousands of spectators, well wishers, parties, parades, fairground rides, and a celebration of Youth and International Friendship like nothing else you can imagine. Gaff Ketch Maybe will be racing in a class with other vessels a similar size, but you will be amongst the bigger tall ships too as you manoeuvre ready for the start, and you still have the close quarters thrill of the chase as the whole tall ships fleets race the same course.
Maybe Sailing is an experienced provider of residential activities. We operate within a structure of Standard Operating Procedures and Policies. Every year our vessels are inspected by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and we carry all the required life saving appliances and medical supplies to certify the vessel to Category 0 standards. This means that the vessel can is certified to sail anywhere in the world!
All activities have been risk assessed and we can provide copies of these assessments, as well as vessel and insurance certification, on request.
Maybe Sailing is an approved provider for many local educational authorities. Our staff are experienced in working with young people as well as in seamanship and all have enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service checks. They will work with everyone on your voyage to ensure that you have a safe and really enjoyable adventure at sea.
All trainees receive full safety briefings before the boat leaves the port. This includes briefing in life saving appliances, life-jackets and what to do in emergency situations on board.
A Coruna, Spain
Travel by Road
Travel to Falmouth is a very straight forward by road, rail or by air. By road, once you reach Exeter you then have a lovely drive down the newly improved A30 taking in stunning scenery over Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor. Then follow the A39 via Truro and onto Falmouth.
Travel by Public Transport
By rail, Falmouth is very well served with a branch line linking directly to the main line at Truro. Great Western Railway
By air, you can fly to Newquay airport from numerous locations throughout the UK and some European locations and then take a taxi ride from the airport to Falmouth.
Getting to A Coruna:
You can reach the city’s centre from Madrid, Santiago de Compostela or the north of Portugal. It has road and rail connections with Madrid and other cities, like Bilbao.
A Coruna Airport has international connections and Santiago de Compostela Airport is the second largest in Northern Spain after Bilbao.
The bus station has numerous connections both international (operated mainly by ALSA) and local, operated by (among others) Arriva Noroeste, Autos Cal Pita or Monbus.
San Cristóbal is the city’s main railway station. It receives long distance RENFE trains from destinations within Spain.