Recruiting for the 2021 Tallships Race!

To all current WeST Years 12s, and Year 11s who are looking to join a WeST sixth form…

Are you adventurous, ambitious and looking for that next big challenge?

Next year will be the 10th anniversary of the successful Tallships programme at Coombe Dean. As such, we are planning something just a little bit special in addition to our usual week away at sea, and we have found a secret weapon to aid us in this endeavour – sailing vessel ‘Olga’!

She is an incredibly fast Bristol pilot cutter tallship, which until recently had been tied up to Gloucester docks and used as a museum piece under the stewardship of Swansea museum, but now back on the water and capable of winning against the current tallships leaders in her class.

We are recruiting for between one to two Year 12 students from each WeST school, and also any Year 11 students who are looking to join a WeST sixth form. The cost is roughly £1500 per student, with fundraising assistance available (prices are subject to change*). Sailing experience is desirable, but not essential for the right candidate.

The Race:

The proposition is to complete the final leg of the race, from 22nd July until 3rd August 2021; from Mariehamn in Finland/Sweden to Szczecin in Poland – nine days at sea, racing to WIN!

The finish line will be a huge event, with roughly four million visitors and one hundred tallships!

The fee includes:

  • Four days training in advance
  • Your accommodation / bunk
  • Food and drink
  • Safety equipment and wet weather gear
  • Travel to Mariehamn and return from Szczecin*

The benefits of taking part:

An opportunity for mastering perseverance, teamwork, focus, dedication, navigational skills, self-reliance and resilience.

A great addition to your CV and an opportunity of a lifetime!


Interested parties will be invited to an Information Evening at Coombe Dean School in November 2019 (date to be confirmed). You will be given the opportunity to meet the crew of our ship, as well as the current organiser of Coombe Dean’s Tallships programme. After a presentation there will be opportunity to ask questions. Finally, those who wish to sign-up may do so, with information on how the deposit of 25% can be placed in order to secure your place onboard.

Fill out the form below to receive your invitation to the Information Evening, email:, or call: 01752 485455:

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*Prices are subject to change, depending on economic and political influences.

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