International Sea Yawls Voyage 2019


You are kindly invited to take part in our brand new BUP event the International Youth Sea Yawl Voyage.

In collaboration with Kaliningrad State Technical University, we will for the first time be setting sails in this new summer conference for students. During six days, we will be sailing the waters of the Curonian Lagoon, on the route: Polessk - Lesnoye (Curonian Spit) - Iyulskoye - Polessk.

Together with invited experts, we will be studying the unique environment and culture of the south east corner of the Baltic sea. The conference will take place on small sailing boats, also known as yawls, which the participants will sail together with professional instructors.

It has become an annual tradition of Kaliningrad State Technical University to organize a Sea Yawl Voyage for students and staff of the educational complex (KSTU, BFFSA, Kaliningrad Marine Fishing College) and Gdynia Maritime University at the end of July each year. But this will be the first time the Baltic University Programme takes part and that students from the entire region has the chance to join.

For international participants, there will also be the possibility to get an introductory city tour of Kaliningrad, visit the Amber Museum, the shores of Lake Verkhnee, the mid-19th century fortress tower, the “Museum of the World Ocean” and the Quay of the historic fleets.

Do you dare to join us for an outstanding adventure? Apply now and be part of an unforgettable experience!

Dates: 27th of July to 5th of August 2019
Open for: Students from the BUP Member Universities
Number of participants: 28 students
Application deadline: 31 May 2019.

Safety and Sail Training

In a preparatory stage of the voyage, the students will take part in a sail training, learning how to control and manoeuvre the yawls, “safety at sea” training and first aid training. Once the training is complete, we will set sails into the Curonian Lagoon.

You don’t need any prior sailing experience to participate.


The International Youth Sea Yawls Voyage is conducted on the waters of the Curonian Lagoon, on the route: Polessk - Lesnoye (Curonian Spit) - Iyulskoye - Polessk. The total length of the route is more than 70 km, 2/3 of which is crossing the bay from Polessk to Lesnoye (Curonian Spit) and from Lesnoye to Yulskoye.

Lesnoye is a most picturesque place situated in the Curonian Spit National Park. The park was nominated for the National Geographic Traveler Awards 2018 in the category “Best Russian Eco Spot”. Here we will set up a tent camp called “Scarlet Sails”.

There will also be a bus excursion around the Curonian Spit National Park to make the participants more environmentally aware. There is a possibility to visit the "Visitors Center" of the National Park, and the "Ancient Sambia" open-air museum.

Extra activities of the voyage are workshops on spinning fishing on and feeder fishing, sports or touristic competitions, yawl and sail boat races.

Evening activities include fish soup, songs and guitar playing.

The usual number of participants is around 50 students, whereof 28 are from the BUP’s member universities around the region.

The goal of the International Youth Sea Yawl Voyage is to promote mutual understanding between nations, development of cultural ties and better understanding of our human relationship to nature.


The participants will have to cover their traveling costs to and from Kaliningrad themselves. During the event the costs for food and lodging is covered by the Baltic University Programme.

VISA to Russia

Participating students that is in need of a Russian visa, will be given an official invitation letter, confirming their participation. The student is then in charge of applying for a visa at a Russian consulate or visa centre. More information on the visa procedure will be given to the selected participants.

See you in Kaliningrad!


BUP coordinator

Pontus Ambros
Project Assistant
The Baltic University Programme coordinating secretariat
Uppsala University
Uppsala, Sweden
Pontus Ambros
Local organizer

Pavel Kovalishin
Assoc. Prof.
Kaliningrad State Technical University
Baltic Fishing Fleet State Academy
Kaliningrad, Russia
Pavel Kovalishin

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Last modified: 2021-08-09