EEE 2018 – Pre-Conference Option 2-“Baltic Sea Challenge”


Pre-conference offers additional time and space for conference participants to network and also experience something special. There have been 2 main ideas for pre-conference: the first idea is Exploring Vilnius, the second idea was suggested by Aga from Poland – Sailing from Poland to Lithuania, or what we call


Let`s take a sail training challenge through the beautiful Baltic Sea! Sail training gives you the opportunity to step into the world of adventure. The world where you can challenge yourself, learn new skills, and make new friends. One of the most important products of sail training is the development of a sense of judgment about what and whom you can rely on, and to what degree. This applies to the compass, the weather forecast, your shipmates, the depths on the chart, the strength of the anchor cable, the vigilance of the lookout on the other ship, and many other things. Sail training also builds a reasoned sense of self-reliance. All of this starts from the moment you begin to think about a voyage. On our yacht everybody is a crew member, what that means is that we are taking day and night watches, cooking, cleaning. It is going to be an expedition into the ocean wilderness, not a laid back vacation. Everyone is welcome to take the helm, set sails, assist with manoeuvres, navigate, make weather observations, provide a general lookout, and much more.We have to share all responsability beetwen us. We will have professional skipper who will lead us to great (and safe!) adventure!  No sailing experience is necessary!

During the voyage, skipper will guide you on everything from steering and navigation to line handling. He/she will give you instructions on watch responsibilities and basic sailing theory. Sailing on Baltic Sea in any vessel is a team effort, so everyone on board will appreciate your hard work and input. Let your experienced crewmates amaze you with their diverse knowledge as you escape your daily routine, learn something new, and admire the wonders of nature.

The voyage consists of two parts: before the conference and after the conference. You can only take part in one part. The voyage will take place if the crew gathers for both parts.

Our boat  S/y TRYGłAW

length 12,87 m
width 3.98 m
dipping 2.0 m
surface of sails 77m2
engine SOLE Diesel Mini 62
fuel tank 220 L
water tank 450 L
WC and shower
8 person crew + skipper


Programme of the Pre-Conference 

April 29 – May 2, 2018

We are start our sailing trip in Gdynia – sailing capital of Poland. First few hours we are going to spend on getting to know our sailing home, learn how to operate sails and ropes, mooring. We will learn and train the safety instructions, sailing rules. When the yacht and crew will be ready – we start our trip!

Yacht run efficiently because of a “watch” system on board. Each day is broken up into separate watches, where a team of crew mates takes responsibility for various tasks. These vary widely – you could be hoisting the sails, setting the vessel’s course, or carrying out maintenance.

We can not promise a lot of sleeping but we can promise a lot of stories, views and adventures 🙂 Aga Lesny is an expert of sail training in context of experience education so if you are interested in – take her watch!

May 3 – Thursday

After breakfast we clean the boat, have time to explore Klaipeda City and take a train to conference venue. Skipper will take care of the boat during conference.

May 7 – Monday
Just after breakfast, we are leaving EEE venue and travel to Klaipeda. If the wheather conditions are good: outward bound!

May 10 – Monday
We clean our boat and leave it in Gdynia.

The voyage fee includes:


sail travel form 29.04 – 10.05;
all meals during the voyage;
fuel, harbor cost
professional skipper;
organizational costs

Fee doesn’t include:

health insurance
travel cost Klaipeda – Trakai – Klaipeda (20 Euro one way)

Voyage fee: full voyage/half voyage

Down-payment (paying when signing in): 570 Euro / 290 Euro

The rest of the fee to be paid upon arrival: 75 / 40 Euro


Aga Leśny – member of EEE community from 2014. She is a trainer which bases her work on simulation games. She is a promoter of ideas and methods of experiential education in Poland. She is a phd candidate and sail training is a topic of her thesis. She is a very experienced sailor. Sailing form the age of 12, most of the time on tall ships. More about Aga:

Gosia Talar – one of the best sailor woman in Poland 🙂 She is the captain and instructor who has carried out several hundred voyages and trained other captains. From 2007 she has her own sailing company Talar Yachting. She has big experience also as a organizator.

Aga and Gosia know each other for years. They have been sailing together and spent some really nice time on sea 🙂

For more information about this  please contact Aga: