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The Tall Ships are coming (and the Caribbean Youth can go sailing again)

The non-profit association Caribbean Sail Training announced today that several Tall
Ships / Sail Training vessels will again arrive soon in the Caribbean.
Maritime Experience Day trips for schools and week or several weeks sail training are offered by CST free of costs to youngsters in the Caribbean.
CST offers a one week and a 10 day sail training to two youngsters (age 16-21 years) on board two of the member vessels.
In December there is space for two youngsters on board the 40 meters (120 ft) Eye of the Wind, one of the vessels that came several times already to St.Maarten-St.Martin and which took many school kids and youngsters during a Maritime Experience Day and several weeks sail training.
They will set sail out of Marigot Saint Martin just before X-mas and do a 10 day Virgin
Islands tour.
If youngsters are selected that have to fly to Saint Martin they will be provided with free airline tickets.
The other trip is on board the 50 meter (150 ft) overall 3-mast topsail schooner OOSTERSCHELDE, out of Martinique from February 15th until February 23th , 2016. Youngsters that live on another Island will receive free airline tickets to Martinique and back.

Caribbean Sail Training
is a non-profit organization registered in Saint Martin and the European Community and aims to help in providing education and sail training towards young people of all nationalities, cultures, religions and social backgrounds and especially towards people living in the Caribbean.
Caribbean Sail Training basically receives funds from businesses, private persons and other organizations. Those funds are used to provide youngsters with sponsorship to board ships and yachts as trainees so that they don't need to find the necessary money themselves.

As organization they select cooperating and member sail training vessels and Tall ships,
square riggers, large yachts and even race boats that take youngsters on a sail training trip.
CST provides the funds to participate in the training to the vessels (each sail training vessel need some money from trainees in order to keep working and exist), they do all the paperwork, arrange and pay for transport to and from the ship (and airline tickets if necessary) and pay for food and drinks and most of the other expenses of the trainees. CST accepts requests from schools, yacht clubs and institutions that are interested to place a student on one of the vessels as a trainee.
Private persons, youngsters and parents, are also encouraged to contact the association to participate in a sailing adventure on board one of the ships.

Applicants need to have the minimum age of 15 and be not older than 25 years on most of the ships but sometimes older trainees are accepted as well on board some of the sail training vessels.

The vessel Eye of the Wind
The over 100 years old brigantine “Eye of the Wind”, is owned by the German company
FORUM train & sail GmbH.
Her imposing figure has attracted the attention of the film industry in previous years, so she crossed several times the waters on film sets of major Hollywood productions.
As was the case in her real life a long time ago, the 'Eye of the Wind' faced in front of the camera fierce storms, run aground, burned out and sank.
The ship was featured in several films such as the adventure film "Blue Lagoon" (1980),
the pirate movie "Savage Island" (1983), "Tai-Pan" (1986) and "White Squall" (1996). Well-known Hollywood stars such as Brooke Shields and two Oscar ® winners, Tommy Lee Jones and Jeff Bridges, took the helm of the ship in their hands.
In the epic "Tai-Pan," based on the novel by James Clavell, she was cast in a double role - that of the vessel "Morning Cloud" with white sails and that of "White Witch'" with brown sails which the Eye of the Wind still uses to this day.

After participating in the Tall Ships Race 2000, a Danish businessman bought the ship, mainly for private use.
The new owner completely restored the proud brig and equipped her with the latest technology and electronics for modern navigation and comfort.
The planning and upgrading to preserve her character as a traditional tall ship was done
in a very conscientious manner.
The use of teak, precious woods, brass and other high-quality materials on the inner deck give the ship its distinctive atmosphere.

A sail control system was deliberately omitted.
To this day, the sails with a total area of around 750 square meters are raised and lowered by human muscle power.

The historical vessel became accessible to the public only in 2009 when the Danish owner died.
Soon after, the beloved sailing ship found a new home port at Forum Train & Sail GmbH, a subsidiary of the German Media Group FORUM.
Since then, it is used all year round for group and theme travel as well as for exclusive charters, high-quality management training and sail training with youngsters.
The Eye of the Wind became a CST member vessel several years ago.

The Ship Oosterschelde
The three-masted topsail schooner ‘Oosterschelde’ is the last remaining representative
of the large fleet of schooners that sailed under the Dutch flag at the beginning of the
20th century. As the largest restored Dutch sailing ship the ‘Oosterschelde’ is a
monument for Dutch shipbuilding and maritime navigation under sail.
The Schelde is a river that flows from France through Belgium and the Netherlands to the sea. In the Netherlands the Schelde splits into an eastern (“ooster”) and a western part. The eastern part is called “Oosterschelde” and that name was given to the ship in
1918.

The ‘Oosterschelde’ was built in the Netherlands in 1918 at the order of the Rotterdam shipping company H.A.A.S. As a freighter the ship could carry some hundred tons of cargo. Clay, bricks and wood were among the cargo, as well as salted herring, bran, potatoes, straw and bananas. In 1921 the ship was sold and became property of captain Kramer. Under his command the ‘Oosterschelde’ sailed along the European coast and was regularly found off the coasts of Africa and in the Mediterranean.

In 1939 the ship was sold to a Danish shipping company in Æroskøbing and renamed
‘Fuglen’. She was one of the most advanced ships of the Danish fleet. In 1954 ‘Fuglen’
was sold to Sam Petterson, a Swede from Skärhamn.

Later he sold the ship to another man from Skärhamn, Denis Inberg. In Sweden the ship was converted into a modern motorcoaster; she sailed primarily in the Baltic, under the name ‘Sylvan’.

In 1988 the ship was bought to be restored to her former glory. After thorough historical
research and intensive contact with the last Dutch captain of the ship, Jan Kramer, a restoration plan was drafted. Despite the fact that the hull was still in good shape, the restoration was a costly affair. The Rotterdam Sailing Ship Foundation was instituted to support the restoration through publicity and fund raising. In the spring of 1990 the restoration began. It was carried out in co-operation with three maritime museums and several specialised design offices. This approach guaranteed authenticity as well as safety and a sound construction.

On August 21 1992, the ship was officially launched by Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet. The ‘Oosterschelde’ is now exploited in order to earn her living as an historical sailing ship. Cruises are made to worldwide destinations. Interested parties can participate as passengers. The ‘Oosterschelde’ is also used as a floating embassy representing the city of Rotterdam. In foreign harbours the ship serves as host to interested companies or organisations. With its attractive and authentic geography, the
‘Oosterschelde’ is well suited for presentations, conferences, meetings and receptions.

In 1994 the ‘Oosterschelde’ made a voyage to the Svalbard Archipelago (Arctic). From October 1996 till April 1998 the ship made a voyage around the world, visiting a.o. Indonesia, Hongkong, Japan, New Zealand, Cape Horn and the Antarctic. In 1999/2000 a long voyage was made to South and North America and the Caribbean; during this ‘Tour of the Americas’ the Antarctic was visited three more times. In the austral summer of
2002/2003, the Antarctic was visited again.
The ‘Oosterschelde’ became recently a member of Caribbean Sail Training.

In addition to those vessels many others like the Eendracht, Salomon, Corwith Cramer, and many more are scheduled to arrive before the end of the year and in the beginning of next year.

Sail training embarkation possibilities will be announced in the CST web site www.CaribbeanSailTraining.com and on their Face book page.
Youngsters interested in sailing on the CST member vessels can write an e-mail to the
CST non-profit association: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Private persons and businesses who would like to learn more about the non-profit association CST and become a donor are encouraged to look at the web site www.CaribbeanSailTraining.org

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