Sail Training

On board The Sørlandet you will enjoy the ever-changing beauty of the sea from the deck of the world’s oldest operating fully rigged tall ship. As a student, you will undergo sailtraining (an education in sailing practices and procedures) in addition to your academic work. As you will discover, a rewarding sense of friendship will quickly develop between people from different backgrounds among your classmates as part of this daily routine.

When we are at sea, our priority is to provide you with a safe and pleasurable experience. The ship has a crew of around 12 professional seamen, who will do their utmost to ensure that you enjoy your time on board. These professionals will take the lead in manning the ship, especially when trimming the sails and in rough weather. On quiet watches, they will offer a variety of activities, ranging from training in seamanship and sailing skills to fun competitions and games.

During Sailtraining, you will learn:

1. Basic Seamanship

  • General principles of sailing
  • Types of sailing vessels
  • History of sailing

2. Marlinspike seamanship

  • Make-up of line,
  • Basic knots,
  • Hitches and bends a) clove hitch b) half hitch (2 half hitch/bend) c) rolling hitch d) sheet bend e) bowline
  • Whipping
  • Splicing
  • Seizing
  • Belaying/Coiling
  • Faking

3. Riggings/Sails

  • Types and parts of sails
  • Running rigging
  • Standing rigging
  • Mainmast/sails/rigging
  • Foremast/sails/ rigging
  • Blocks/tackle
  • Ground tackle

4. Navigation and Piloting

  • Rules of the road
  • Aids to navigation/lights and buoys
  • Tools of the trade Winds/tides/currents
  • Piloting
  • Chart work
  • Helmsman ship – compass
  • Celestial navigation
  • Electronic navigation

5. Docking/maneuvering procedures

6. Anchoring

7. Small boat handling

8. Emergency operations

  • Man overboard
  • Fire emergency
  • General quarters/abandon ship