Annual Sail Training and Tall Ships conference

Where do I even begin?

The past couple of weeks have been extremely hectic. Not only have I been attending the annual STI conference in Antwerp, but the very same week I had both exams and a midterm. As some of you may know, I study Veterinary Medicine in Budapest, and have the sailing as a passionate hobby of mine.

Anyways, back to the conference, and all the fun stuff we did. We started with Youth Council meetings on Thursday morning, where we talked about all the sailing related cases we have worked on since the last conference, in addition to planning out future projects. My main focus will be on port activities for trainees the coming year, and primarily for TSR 2020 🥳 After the meetings I attended the opening plenary, and went out for indian food with some of the other youth who also were attending the conference.

The sessions started on Friday morning, and I chose to check out a session about trainee funding models, since my project is mainly about funding youth. It was very interesting and I learned a lot during the session. It is very inspirational to go to sessions where you meet people who share the same ideas and interests as yourself!

Later on I decided to attend a session which reviewed the Tall Ships Races 2019 in Bergen and Aarhus. I was in both of the host ports this summer, and wanted to hear more about how both ports did in general and results of the festival.

The most unique and creative session of the day was with the Youth Council, and Matilda, the Swedish youth representative in charge. The topic was mainly about using different techniques to innovate sail training, where one of the primary aims was to think outside the box.

After the sessions of the day were finished, we went to a chocolate museum, in which was a quite tasty experience 😋

Saturday was the last day of the conference. I only got to attend two sessions, but both of them were inspiring and educating. I feel so blessed when it comes to being in the Youth Council and also in the Tall Ships community. There are so many hard working people out there, and I have so many many inspirational people to look up to.

Me, Jack and Matilda from the Youth Council ❤

This year I was asked to hold a presentation on the closing plenary, since it was the 10 year anniversary of the Youth Council. I was a bit nervous, but also quite stoked to do my first ever presentation at the STI conference. I had about 15-20 mins where I talked about the YC, my own experience with sailing, and of course Vitamin Sea Sail (which is my baby). The presentation went well, and I am so proud of myself and the effort I have been putting into my project this year, and I ended the conference with style at the traditional gala dinner 😎

Representing Norway

It was a hectic, but fun conference, and I am already looking forward to the next one🤩

Fair winds,

– Eline

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