Sustainability Applied in International Learning onboard the Polish tall ship Fryderyk Chopin

Dates for SAIL 2019

SAIL for Teachers will start the 26th of June in Szczecin, Poland and end in Aalborg, Denmark the 3rd of July 2019.
Deadline for applications: 08 April 2019

SAIL for Students 2019 will start the 4th of August 2019 in Aarhus, Denmark, and finish on the 16th of August 2019 in Szczecin, Poland.
Deadline for applications: 08 April 2019.

Introduction to SAIL

Conditions onboard STS Fryderyk Chopin

Please be aware and consider the special nature of the SAIL conference. We are going to conduct academic activities and sail in the same time. Our group on board will be divided into 3 watches. Every watch will work around the clock, during day and night, having 4 hours duties: navigational watch, bossun watch, galley watch and gangway watch - this last one, only in the harbours. You will act as a sailors.

Sailing on a tall ship means hard physical work, cooking, cleaning and lack of sleep. There is nobody who will provide service for us during this week. We are the crew, who has to do it. Sailing is deeply demanding! Nevertheless, I am also sure, that it will be one of the most memorable moments of your life.

Accommodation and practicalities

  • You will be accommodated on board in 3 to 9 - beds cabins – you will be directed to your cabin first when we all are gathered on board;
  • Bed covers, blankets, pillows, and bed clothes are available on board (but no towels);
  • Electricity is available on board and you will be able to recharge your laptop or mobile.
  • Internet connection and telephone coverage will be available only close to land or in harbours; I would rather do not count for free Internet connection in the harbours.
  • You should have your belongings in a sailing, soft or sport-bag - no hard suitcases are allowed on board because of the limited space!!

Documents you HAVE to bring with you:

  • Insurance – You need to have insurance in case of any medical need, which allows you to contact the public health care in Europe.

I cannot write you, what kind of insurance it should be, because every country has different kind of insurance and conditions. The best solution is to talk to your insurance company and explain this week on board. If your teacher insurance is not enough, than take the best possible insurance they will propose you.

  • Health statement confirmed by your GP

IMPORTANT: I will collect the insurance and the health statement the first day on board. Please, bring those documents on board and notice, that lack of insurance and health statement confirmed by a doctor means no sailing.

  • Passport and ID

Take two documents with you, if possible. I will collect one of those documents first day of the sail and I will give it back to you the last day of the sail. It is a general rule on every sailing vessel. The documents will be kept by the Captain and presented in every harbour to the Border Force, which controls the crew of the ship.

  • Teachers ID;
  • Multiply visa to Schengen countries – for those who need it.

Things you should have

  • Suitable shoes (soft sailing, sneakers) shoes (all kinds of sport shoes are OK but have two pairs in case one will be wet).
  • Rubber boots in case of rain.
  • Towel and personal toiletries.
  • Warm clothes (underclothing, take some extras to have for change and even more for night watches)…and then take even more!
  • Sailing or skiing jacket and trousers (rainproof, warm!) – very important!
  • Caps (warm one and one against the sun) and scarf.
  • Working gloves (with no fingers! or sport gloves, to protect your hands while working with ropes).
  • Everything in many copies (at least two) in case of bad weather...
  • Music instruments you play, songs books.
  • Seasickness tablets, pain killers, slices, throat pills.
  • Sunglasses, sun protectors is good to have (sunglasses with protective string to put around the neck are very useful - not to loose it while climbing the masts).

Please be prepared that the nights at sea are very, very, very (!) cold, even if weather during the day is warm, nights are still very cold (but full of stars :-).

It will be unbearable during night watches, when you are tired and sleepy, if you do not have many layers of warm, dry clothes.

The last and the most important: bring joy, good mood and positive energy.

Information about the ship STS Fryderyk Chopin

To get a glimpse of the life on board, please have a look on:

And do not forget to save my mobile number.

Best wishes!

Dominika Stygar
SAIL Coordinator
Mobile phone: +48 696 222 884


If you have any questions regarding SAIL do not hesitate to contact:

Lyudmyla Babak
Project Coordinator
The Baltic University Programme
Uppsala University
752 36 Uppsala

Dominika Stygar
SAIL Coordinator
Mobile phone: +48 696 222 884, +46 72 520 49 47