Gorch Fock Departs Kiel for the Canary Islands

The sailing training ship “Gorch Fock” will leave its home port of Kiel on Wednesday, November 10th, 2021 at 10 a.m. to embark on the first foreign training trip after the long stay in the shipyard. Under the command of Captain Nils Brandt (55), the white three-master with a total of around 120 crew members sets course for the Canary Islands.

Apart from a stopover in Lisbon (Portugal), the “Gorch Fock” will take a direct course to the Canary Island of Tenerife. This goal was chosen to train the regular crew and the sailing crew again after a long break from sailing under favorable weather conditions. For Christmas and the New Year, the ship moored in the port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the capital of Tenerife.

Around 220 officer candidates for the Navy of the Crew 2021 – divided into two “trips” (stages) – will gain their first experience on board the tall ship as part of their “basic seaman training”. On board the sailing training ship, the course participants learn the basic nautical craft. You will learn in practice the meaning of “teamwork” and “camaraderie”.

The first group of cadets will be embarked on January 3, 2022 in Santa Cruz de Tenerife and will first undergo a sailing training course. In mid-January the “Gorch Fock” sets sail with this crew and sails towards the Mediterranean. Via the port of Valencia (Spain) it goes on to Málaga (Spain). There the first trip will be disembarked after around eight weeks and the second group of cadets will be taken on board. At the end of March, after completing the pre-sailing training, this will take you back to Kiel via Brest (France), where the ship is expected to return to its home port on March 25, 2022. Then there will be around 10,000 nautical miles behind the ship and crew.

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