One of the reasons why we created the Villas del Cantábrico Foundation was to build a training ship, a classic sailing boat accessible to all of society: a classroom open to the sea and the wind through which to know and learn, from within, the science and art of classical navigation.
But a trainign ship is not just a vessel that moves thanks to the energy of the wind. It also requires those who embark on active participation from the beginning of each navigation: it is essential the effort, perseverance, learn to coordinate and work as a team, etc. A group work that finally leads to the personal improvement of each member of the crew.
The activity of a training ship is basically a teaching one, with programs adapted for all the groups, being subjects of special attention:
The cultural recovery of our maritime past and intangible heritage, uniting the sport of sailing with culture and maritime history.
Nautical training in the arts and navigation sciences accessible to the entire population, especially to students of nautical training schools.
The protection and promotion of our coastline, its towns and ports through the knowledge of the sea and contact with its nature.
Characteristics of the training ship “Villas del Cantábrico”
It is a ship built in steel (the hull) and wood, of 29.25 meters of hull length and 36 meters of length over all. Rigged as barque, with three masts: Mizzen mast, main mast and fore mast, in addition to bowsprit mast. In the main and fore mast rigs square sails and in the other two mast jibs an stay sails.
Next, we expose its main characteristics: