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Vessel Details - Alexander von Humboldt II

About the Alexander von Humboldt II
The German three-masted barque Alexander von Humboldt, launched in 2011, and home-ported in Bremerhaven, offers tall ship voyages for everyone – no previous experience required. All you need is an open mind and a spirit of adventure!

She is owned and operated by the German Sail Training Foundation/DSST, a not-for-profit organization. The mission of the foundation is to provide traditional high seas sailing for people of all ages, but particularly young men & women, ages 15 to 25.

Although her rig has the appearance of a windjammer of 150 years ago, she is equipped with very modern, up-to-date electronic communications, navigation and safety equipment. Spreading over 14 thousand square feet of canvas in her 24 sails, Alex 2 can attain speeds of 14 knots or more when the winds are favorable. Plus she has a 750 horsepower engine to help her keep schedule when winds are not so favorable.

Most journeys of Alex 2 take between five days and two weeks. During summertime, she usually cruises the North and Baltic Seas, often participating in the tall ships’ races sponsored every year by Sail Training International. In fall, she sets sail for the Mediterranean, the Canary Islands and sometimes even more distant destinations such as the Caribbean. In May 2017 Alex 2 will be joining a fleet of sailing ships for the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta, sailing across the Atlantic from Europe to Boston, and up the St. Lawrence River to Quebec City to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Canadian Confederation. Her crew and sail trainees will participate in three races, from Bermuda to Boston, Boston to the Gulf of St. Lawrence, and transatlantic from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Le Havre, France, arriving at the end of August. Trainees can book for just one race of this regatta, or for all legs of the regatta.

Alex 2 has a staff crew of up to 25. From captain to cook, they are all unsalaried volunteers, excellently trained to meet the requirements of their respective position. During the voyage, the staff crew is always eager to show and explain to the trainees how to handle a ship the size of Alex 2. Sailing the bark is team work. All trainees are fully integrated into operations and maneuvers. Trainees get opportunities to steer the ship, stand lookout, set and reef sails and, on a strictly voluntary basis, to go aloft into the rigging. It is an amazing experience to see what a relatively small number of people can achieve when they act as a team.

The Alexander von Humboldt II at a Glance

Berths: 54
Crew: 25
Length: 211 Ft
Beam: 33 Ft
Draft: 16 Ft

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