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How is the experience sailing on Atyla?

Embarking as crew on one of our trips? This is what you can expect.

What do we do on board?

Atyla and her crew are prepared so that you can participate in all the activities on board with the necessary guidance. Some of them are:

  • The docking/undocking manoeuvres
  • Sail manoeuvres (this includes climbing the masts –if you can–)
  • Navigational watches (this includes taking the helm)
  • Welcoming people on board during open doors
  • Happy hour (everyone cleaning the ship)

These activities, plus the coexistence with the others and some challenges proposed by the crew, are used to work on 8 life skills:

Intercultural communication, Emotional intelligence, Critical thinking, Teamwork, Leadership, Responsibility, Courage, Resilience (ability to adapt).

Of course, some parts of the experience are just a pleasure:

  • Disconnecting: A bit of “digital detox”, turning off the phone and forgetting about every day worries.
  • Open sky: Seeing unforgettable sunrises and sunsets, and having time to appreciate them. Contemplating the stars without any type of light pollution.
  • Seeing marine fauna: Dolphins and other cetaceans that swim next to the boat, luminescent plankton in the middle of the night, turtles, whales, etc.
  • Being on a unique ship: Sailing on a wooden boat that looks like a piece of art.
  • Swimming: Jumping into the water in the middle of the sea (this is only possible on some trips, as it depends on the weather and the sailing area).
  • Playing and cuddling with Olivia: The ship’s dog, she sometimes is on board during the trips (and she’s a waterdog, so she doesn’t cause allergy).
  • Improving your English skills: In a relaxed atmosphere, and with a mixture of native and non-native speakers.
  • Delicious food: Prepared by our professional cook.
  • Connecting: With people very different from you, united by the bond of the shared adventure.
  • Exploring: New places, new cities, with the ship as a home and a group of shipmates to explore with you.
Cuddling With Olivia The Dog After Swimming On Atyla Ship Jumping Into The Water Swimming Holidays Sailing
Eating On Deck On The Sun Chilling Relaxing Participants Crew Atyla Ship Holiday Adventure

Watch this video about the experience on board:

Frequently asked questions:

What language is spoken on board?

English is the main language, and Spanish is there as a support language to welcome people that don’t speak English.

People from all countries are welcome on board because the English on board is “Easy English”.

Of course, you don’t need to worry about being left out in either language, because we take good care of never letting that happen.

What types of people come on board?

Atyla is super multicultural, so normally we have people from many different countries and ages. Each person has different life stories and the context on board helps to share experiences and learn from this diversity.

Is there a minimum/maximum age to join?

There is no maximum age, it is enough to be fit.
The minimum age is 15 years, although sometimes we can make exceptions if the minors are accompanied by a legal guardian.

Where does the trip start?

Each trip starts and ends in a different place. The description of each trip includes locations, dates and all the necessary information.

Can I get a certificate of my experience?

Yes, just let us know at the end of your trip and we will give you a participation certificate with your name and the dates of your trip.

Please note that, since our focus is on personal development, we don’t do official sailing courses (like RYA or similar). But if you have a seaman’s book/professional logbook, we can stamp it for the time and miles you did on board.

How are the cabins and the spaces on board?

You can see pictures of the cabins and the interiors on this page.

People love it! Check these transparent reviews

Frin Wolter
Frin Wolter
12:42 14 Oct 22
Worth every Penny. Not a cruise-ship but an experience for adventurers ! I enjoyed it very much.The crew members are great people, super friendly and helpful. They teach you how to manage everyday... on the boat and are full of advice for life at sea. On Atyla, you are likely to have a once in a lifetime experience, that is challenging but also rewarding.You don't need prior experience to fit in, it can be your first time at sea. You will learn how to steer the boat, climb the masts, pull the ropes, make knots, fishing, deck scrubbing, and much more.read more
Kate C (Kat)
Kate C (Kat)
15:03 13 Jan 22
Atyla is a beautiful ship managed by wonderful people. My 17 year old son went on his own from Canada, this past summer for a UK to Spain sail. Travelling during the pandemic was stressful but... everyone was incredibly helpful and he had an amazing time. We hope you have another fantastic sailing year! ⛵️read more
Marcin Pasek
Marcin Pasek
14:47 10 Jan 22
Best ship, best crew, best friends 😊
Veera Uski
Veera Uski
21:24 31 Jan 19
Atyla is an amazing ship and project going on all year long. In winter they have volunteers to repair the ship and during Summer they teach people of all ages to sail on a traditional sailing ship,... what she is.read more
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Sin duda alguna es una experiencia inolvidable, te formas en navegación y a la vez personalmente. Es una semana de desconexión, donde conoces personas increíbles disfrutando de la vida a bordo, de la tripulación y de los lugares que vas visitando. Cabe destacar que la tripulación demuestra gran profesionalidad, amabilidad y están a tu disposición en todo momento.
Mauricio Salinas
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13:17 27 Jul 22
Para mi fue una experiencia que superó todas mis expectativas, por lo que aprendí (navegación, y social). La vida en el mar genera unos vínculos especiales, es una capsula atemporal que te permite desarrollar vínculos sin interferencias. Desde lo formal, la relación con los líderes amigable y cordial. Desde que que pisé cubierta me sentí parte eso que es mucho mas que un barco.
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11:06 27 Jul 22
Es una experiencia inolvidable, la tripulación es simpática, amable y encantadora. Conoces a mucha gente de distintas edades, lugares...aprendes sobre navegación, visitas sitios preciosos... Ha sido una semana increíble.Una experiencia muyyyy recomendable 100% !!! 🙂
Iñigo Leon
Iñigo Leon
12:48 22 Oct 21
Recomiendo quitar el miedo y animarse a formar parte de la tripu del Atyla. Conoceréis gente estupenda, disfrutaréis de la naturaleza como nunca y aprenderéis de navegación a vela.
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Gerry Doria
Gerry Doria
2022-12-12T10:33:50+0000
Vivir completamente en un barco, no "veranear", es una esperiencia que te enseña la esencia de la vida. La verdadera filosofía de la vida. Y en esta... goleta tuve suerte y oportunidad de compartirla. Esta goleta es un recuerdo de una etapa de mi vida que repetiría ahora mismo! Compartí momento inolvidables con una tripulación inigualable!read more
Eric Martínez Anadón
Eric Martínez Anadón
2022-11-29T20:17:27+0000
Excelente experiencia a bordo! La tripulación muy profesional siempre me ha enseñado mucho...Con muchas ganas de volver a bordo y disfrutar de... navegar en esta goleta que tiene una historia tan bonita!Lo recomiendó a discreción!!!read more
Laura Mestre Clemente
Laura Mestre Clemente
2022-11-29T20:06:56+0000
Ha sido un viaje inolbidable, me he sentido como en casa!!! Magnifica tripulación que ha sido muy profesional y ha cuidado mucho de nosotros.Lo... recomiendo a todo el mundo, no importa la edad!Hasta pronto familia!read more
Ethel Rosenfeldt
Ethel Rosenfeldt
2022-11-29T18:42:48+0000
Sailing experience with Atyla was just life changing! Its not only the freedom of the sea, the awesome places visited and the gorgeous ship itself,... but the people on it, running it and experiencing it. The soul of Atyla is its people and they are for life! And of course the most magical food, sail training, playful dolphins, glowing waters (bioluminescence), swimming in random places while anchoring and all the hard work with the loveliest people sums up as the best memories for life. If you are in doubt to choose, then this is your sign and it is time for your Atyla adventure story to tell others!! LOVE LOVE LOVE for this ship and humans! 🥰😍🥰read more
Virginia Sosa Torres
Virginia Sosa Torres
2021-04-06T20:21:51+0000
Excelente experiencia , recomendable 100%, todos los tripulantes muy amables y cercanos, nos explicaron todo muy bien , vistas increíbles , los niños... se lo pasaron en grande y los adultos también ! Repetiremos sin duda !read more
Tony Franklin
Tony Franklin
2020-01-07T15:05:36+0000
2020 is looking very promising, four voyages booked so far including one on Atyla of course (Amsterdam to Bremerhaven). Last year’s trip from Bilbao... was so much fun how could I resist another trip on her?read more
Susan Ryan
Susan Ryan
2019-10-28T14:53:11+0000
My son , Charlie went on this ship and it was a trip of a lifetime . He was 15/16 years and I was nervous . The crew were so professional . He made... friends with the girls and boys , learned some sailing and cooking too . At the end of the leg there was a party on shore where he had a great time . I drove through Spain to Cadiz to collect him . He walked off the ship taller and more importantly gained confidence as it was such a positive experience and one of the best decisions I ever made for him . 👍👍👍read more
Yngve van der Meeren
Yngve van der Meeren
2019-04-19T22:11:55+0000
Sailed with this ship a few years ago. Great experience, a lot to learn, and an amazing crew
CoastalSafety Uae-Lanka
CoastalSafety Uae-Lanka
2019-04-19T10:37:53+0000
Very special experience onboard a traditional sailing ship. Myself and Wing would have enjoyed this!
Sapi Lekeitio
Sapi Lekeitio
2019-03-28T23:24:03+0000
Agusto en el atyla con toda la tripulacion pirata 🚢🍻😘
Asier Muguerza
Asier Muguerza
2019-01-01T00:29:25+0000
live the adventure
Rafael Gardeazabal Arana
Rafael Gardeazabal Arana
2018-10-05T09:30:32+0000
Simplemente espectacular.
Rebeca Iglesias
Rebeca Iglesias
2018-09-19T22:07:07+0000
Agradecer a toda la tripulación por su buen hacer y el buen trato que nos dieron, nosotros disfrutamos un montón del pasein en el Atyla hoy en Gijón... (primer viaje por mar de esta servidora).... e incluso quedamos con las ganas de más ! 😊read more
Menno Vis
Menno Vis
2018-08-07T12:31:11+0000
Really great, unbelievable
Ramona Deerfield
Ramona Deerfield
2018-07-20T21:45:30+0000
Beautiful ship and very fun and kind crew. ATYLA has been family built and run ever since and you can feel that she‘s very well loved �
Ant Ay
Ant Ay
2018-05-20T17:30:19+0000
Fañch Reulier
Fañch Reulier
2018-05-05T14:06:08+0000
very nice ship ! when will you be back to brest ? to see you again?
Maialen Kltzkrt
Maialen Kltzkrt
2018-04-27T12:18:07+0000
Espectacular proyecto,mejores personas y mucho amor y respeto! Experiencias recomendadisimas para la vida, el alma. Vernos más allá de lo que somos.... Gracias Atyla!read more
Luis Eduardo Llorente Molina
Luis Eduardo Llorente Molina
2018-03-10T15:38:25+0000
Peter Loschko
Peter Loschko
2018-03-08T22:00:45+0000
It's not only the Sailing, but as well that people learn more about themselves, what they can achieve and even how to help to reach it (on your own... or with help).For the sailing: just unforgettable experience. �����read more
Veera Suki
Veera Suki
2018-03-08T16:17:16+0000
Thomas Warmuth
Thomas Warmuth
2018-02-23T22:01:45+0000
Marian Verzo
Marian Verzo
2017-11-11T04:52:47+0000
Mysti SoThen
Mysti SoThen
2017-11-07T20:56:45+0000
Erin Densmore
Erin Densmore
2017-08-09T21:28:37+0000
Lucas Keltjens
Lucas Keltjens
2017-07-07T12:27:27+0000
Natxo De La Serna
Natxo De La Serna
2017-07-06T09:04:05+0000
BP Gonzalo
BP Gonzalo
2017-06-26T10:03:27+0000
The best way to share great experiences with great people. Everyday is a new adventure onboard.Stop thinking about it and join the next trip!!
Hans Müller
Hans Müller
2017-06-03T11:05:13+0000
Elena Ruiz De Zarate Ruiz de Austri
Elena Ruiz De Zarate Ruiz de Austri
2017-05-31T19:03:50+0000
Remedios Hernandez Montero
Remedios Hernandez Montero
2017-05-22T08:14:31+0000
Mamen Vicente Jimenez
Mamen Vicente Jimenez
2017-05-22T01:31:03+0000
Sueño con volver!!! No se pueden contar las sensaciones y experiencias a bordo de esta magnifica, única e irrepetible goleta. Hay que navegar en... ella, ver los amaneceres y quedarte atonit@ cuando los delfines te sonríen desde la proa. Compartir con gente maravillosa las horas de guardia mientras tomas un café y charlas de.... lo que quierasUna esperiencia única. Doy Fe!!!!read more
Ann O. Andersson
Ann O. Andersson
2017-05-21T20:24:13+0000
ATYLA, Obra maestra de ESTEBAN VICENTE, Capitán, carpintero y artista. No hay otra goleta igual, es una experiencia única! Enhorabuena si consigues... navegar con ella!read more
Lucia Vicente
Lucia Vicente
2017-05-21T17:13:28+0000
Chrzczonowicz Martynka
Chrzczonowicz Martynka
2017-04-27T08:32:16+0000
Edurne Arrasate Lauzirika
Edurne Arrasate Lauzirika
2017-04-23T17:59:35+0000
El pasado lunes nuestro hijo Odei embarcó en el Atyla con ganas de iniciar su aventura pero preocupado de si se encontraría cómodo durante la... travesìa.... Hoy q ha llegado a Oporto, no quiere desembarcar y le encantaría seguir en el Atyla. Así que no me queda otra que agradeceros enormemente el haber conseguido que se sienta como en casa.Eskerrik asko!!!!!read more
Antoine Langford
Antoine Langford
2017-04-09T16:21:20+0000
Bon voyage a vous ..Bientôt Boston
Rodrigo Manu El Otero
Rodrigo Manu El Otero
2017-04-08T12:46:36+0000
Marcos Ferrer
Marcos Ferrer
2017-04-06T19:14:05+0000
Marko Ličko
Marko Ličko
2017-04-06T09:30:10+0000
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