Our Trainees



March 26th to April 22nd

Quick FAQ

How do I pay?

We accept bank transfers and paypal.

How many people are onboard sailing the Avontuur?

Our maximum capacity is 15 people onboard consisting of 5 professional crew members and 10 Trainees.

What are the sleeping arrangements for the trainees?

Thank you to the hard work of some incredibly talented volunteers, we have a spacious 10 person trainee quarters with a fresh water shower (no hot water) and separate bathroom.

Do I need to have prior sailing experience to become a trainee?

No you don't.  We have a professional and fully certified crew that will teach you everything you need to know along your voyage.

Which sailing skills will I get the chance to learn?

Depending on your length of stay, you will learn but are not limited to learning:

  • Basic safety and maintenance
  • Sail handling
  • Steering
  • Watchkeeping
  • Charting
  • Rigging
  • Traditional Cargo loading/unloading techniques
  • Celestial navigational
What if the ship is late or early to port?

Nature rules all.  We will update you if there are any chances to your scheduled voyage.  We strongly recommend booking your travel arrangements closer to your date of embarkation.

What if I have a food allergy or a dietary requirement?

We will make every effort to cater to your dietary requirement and/or address any allergy concerns you may have.  Please ensure you notify us at the time of your booking and we will inform the crew.

Do I have to arrange my visa documents and vaccinations?

Yes, it is your responsibility to ensure you have the required travel visa(s), vaccinations and your passport is current.  The Captain requires these documents at your point of embarkation.


March 21, 2017

Lane signed on as a trainee in Freeport, Bahamas and will be sailing with us all the way to Bremen, Germany ETA 22.04! We couldn’t be happier to have such… My AVONTUUR with TIMBERCOAST – Lane Atmore

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The Capt’s Sail Journal – 19.03

March 19, 2017

Captain Cornelius Bockermann’s reports from the past week aboard the AVONTUUR as she makes her way across the Atlantic Ocean, ETA Horta, Azores 22.03 Noon report 13.03.17, 1200LT, 1500UTC lat… The Capt’s Sail Journal – 19.03

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The Capt’s Sail Journal – 12.03

March 12, 2017

Noon report 12.03.17, 1200LT, 1500UTC lat 36-13N, long 052-52W WNW 7, 18C, b/c, 1028hp day’s run 128nm After a busy night under a bright starry moonlit sky with strong winds,… The Capt’s Sail Journal – 12.03

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The Capt.’s Sail Journal

March 6, 2017

Our North Atlantic Crew!   We are in constant contact with our hard working merchant crew made up of individuals from all around the world that have come together to… The Capt.’s Sail Journal

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