Maritime festivals

Where the masses visit Atyla

Spreading our message

Every year we participate in an average of 9 Maritime Festivals or Tall Ships Festivals. These celebrations gather a number of ships like Atyla (from 3 to almost 100), and many visitors (from several thousand to over a million).

On these festivals, people can visit the ship and walk around the deck, where they can see several information signs about life skills and how we use challenges to promote them.

As part of the visit we sometimes also show a short video showing the ship “in action” during the sailing adventures.

The experience for participants

It’s really unforgettable to be in the middle of these festivals. Apart from enjoying all the activites of the festival, you get to visit the other ships as “crew-member of Atyla”, and mingle with their crews.

Examples of activities and benefits “for crews only” included in festivals:

  • The Crew Parade: With the crews of all the ships.
  • The Crew Party: Exclusive for the crews, it normally includes dinner and some drinks.
  • Free open-air concerts
  • Sports  (tug of war, obstacle races, volleyball, football
)
  • Cultural activities (free or discounted access to museums, etc.)
  • Sightseeing activities (free or discounted city tours, hikes, etc.)
  • Free or discounted use of public transport.

Sailing parades

The main highlight in most of these festivals is the “sailing parade”: All the ships come out of the port at the same time, creating an amazing spectacle for the thousands that gather to see it. Some festivals even organise two parades, one on the arrival of the ships and another on their way out.

As a participant, you can be on board during these parades (the description of each trip mentions if it’s included), and you might even get the opportunity to experience it from up the masts!

Some festivals we’ve been (or will be) at:

  • The Tall Ships Races (yearly / 1.5 million visitors)
  • Tall Ships Regattas (yearly / 0.6 million visitors)
  • Sail Amsterdam (every 5 years / 3 million visitors)
  • Sail Bremerhaven (every 5 years / 1.2 million visitors)
  • L’Armada Rouen (every 6 years / 7 million visitors)
  • FĂȘtes Maritimes Brest (every 5 years / 0.7 million visitors)
  • Bordeaux FĂȘte le Vin (yearly / 0.8 million visitors)
  • Transatlantic Tall Ships Regatta organised by STI (every ~8 years / 2.5 million visitors)
  • Kieler Woche (yearly / 3 million visitors)
  • Plymouth Pirate Festival (yearly / 30 thousand visitors)
  • Delfsail (every 5 years / 0.8 million visitors)
  • Semaine du Golfe (every 2 years / 1.8 million visitors)

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Get in touch to propose a visit of Atyla to your festival

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