Experiential Educators Europe: Tall Ship special edition 2019

Mediterranean Sea Challange

WHEN: 23-30 Nov 2019 (exc. travel days)


Let`s take a sail training challange throught beautiful Mediterranean Sea!

Sail training gives you the opportunity to step into a world of adventure. A world where you can challenge yourself, learn new skills, and make new friends. One of the most important products of sail training is the development of a sense of judgment about what and whom you can rely on, and to what degree. This applies to the compass, the weather forecast, your shipmates, the depths on the chart, the strength of the anchor cable, the vigilance of the lookout on the other ship, and many other things. Sail training also builds a reasoned sense of self-reliance. All of this starts from the moment you begin to think about a voyage. On our yacht everybody is a crew member, what that means is that we are taking day and night watches, cooking, cleaning.It is going to be an expedition into the ocean wilderness, not a laid back vacation. Everyone is welcome to take the helm, set sails, assist with manoeuvres, navigate, make weather observations, provide a general lookout, and much more.We have to share all responsability beetwen us. We will have professional skipper who will lead us to great (and safe!) adventure!
No sail experience is necessary! 

During the voyage, captain and mates will guide you on everything from steering and navigation to line handling. He/she will give you instructions on watch responsibilities and basic sailing theory. Sailing on sea in any vessel is a team effort, so everyone on board will appreciate your hard work and input. Let your experienced crewmates amaze you with their diverse knowledge as you escape your daily routine, learn something new, and admire the wonders of nature.


Pogoria was build especially for a long voyages of Class Afloat. She was designed in a way that there is a lot of work for a trainees on board. This idea give all sailors opportunity to learn how to operate a sails, work with a map or clean a deck :)

Our boat: STS Pogoria
length 38,35 m (125,82 ft.)
width  8,0 m (26 ft.)
surface of sails 994,0 m2  (10699,33 ft2)
trainees: 41

what is important: cooking on a rolling tall ship is a big challenge. My experience is that there is no option for different type of cuisine, so we can not offer a vegetarian diet (or we have to convince the whole crew and cook to switch to vege for this week ;]).

Accomodation: Trainees sleeps in 6+ person cabins and open forecastles. There is no privat or duble cabin in Pogoria.

bunks in a forecastle

There are 4 showers and 5 toilets dedicated to trainees crew. On Pogoria there is a special room called a “classroom” when you can spend a free time, play or sing. Meals are prepared by the crew under the supervision of a cook. One of the biggest adventures is doing dishes of 50 people. The ship running duties (regular watches etc.) are being wholly filled by the trainees crew.


We are start our sailing trip in
Genua. First few hours we are going to spend on getting to know our sailing home, learn how to operate sails and ropes, mooring. We will learn and train the safety instructions, sailing rules. First night we would spend in a harbor to get rest and be sure that everything is ready.

Genua – Civitavecchia

When the tall ship, whether and crew will be ready – we start our trip!

Yacht run efficiently because of a “watch” system on board. Each day is broken up into separate watches, where a team of crewmates takes responsibility for various tasks. These vary widely – you could be hoisting the sails, setting the vessel’s course, or carrying out maintenance.

We can not promisse a lot of sleeping but we can promise a lot of stories, views and adventures :) Aga Lesny is an expert of sail training in context of experience education so if you are interested in – take her watch!

There rest of our voyage would depend on whether, our possibilities and willingness. Usually in such a voyage we visit 1-2 ports (eg Elba Island, Monte Carlo, Nicea, Livorno) or anchorage.

Our voyage supposed to end at Friday in Civitavecchia .


The voyage fee includes:

  • sail travel from 23-30.11.2019;
  • all meals during the voyage;
  • fuel, harbour cost
  • profesionall crew;
  • organisational costs
  • bus from Poland to Poland (trip through: Warszawa, Poznań, Berlin, Monachium, Genua)
  • scholarship rate for 4 volunteers from Manufacture of Science and Adventure

Fee doesn’t include:

  • health insurance

You can fly on your own, but the price remains the same.

Downpayment (paying when signing in, non-returnable): 150 euro

Early bird: 410 euro + downpayment (until August 20)

Lazy bird: 470 euro + downpayment (until October 5th)

Cancellation policy: The shipowner has very strict cost rules. Reimbursement is only possible if you find someone on your place.


This voyage is dedicated to EEE community + relatives and friends.

Minimum age is 15, maximum 65 (or older if person has any sailing licenses). Everybody has to be able to swim and has personal insurance.

We would invite 4 volunteers from Manufacture of Science and Adventure to spread our spirit and make a social impact.

Coordinator: Aga Leśny – member of EEE community from 2014. She is a trainer which bases her work on simulation games. She is a promoter of ideas and methods of experiential education in Poland. She is a phd candidate and sail training is a topic of her thesis. She is a very experienced sailor. Sailing form the age of 12, most of the time on tall ships. More about Aga: http://alesny.pl/english/


The tall ship prohibits consumption of alcoholic beverages and stimulants when the ship is in the sea. In the port, alcohol is allowed with the consent of the captain.

If you have any question, please contact Aga: aga.lesny@naukaprzygoda.edu.pl, +48501783923