A Swedish school under sail
Öckerö Gymnasieskola (an upper secondary school for students aged 16-19) is a municipal school, financed by the Swedish state. The school is located in the archipelago of Gothenburg, on the west coast of Sweden. The school has four different programs, all of which are three years long. Two of the programs aim at further studies at a university and the other two aim to make pupils ready for work on different sea vessels. Apart from the ordinary school work, three of the programs spend as much as a total of six months on our school ship T/S Gunilla. The pupils in our fourth program do their training in the Swedish merchant fleet.
T/S Gunilla is a 50-meter-long three-mast barque, with a total sail area of 1,000m². It holds a professional crew of 11 and 44 trainees/pupils. Onboard the pupils work in three different watches, taking care of all those duties that need to be taken care of on a ship of this size. Life onboard T/S Gunilla offers a unique combination of theory and practice for the pupils. When sailing the pupils are given incomparable experiences from different countries, societies and cultures.
T/S Gunilla sails all year long taking pupils from different programs and grades on five separate trips each school year. Three of them are sailed by our social science pupils and the other two by our science and sailor pupils. In their first year our social science pupils sail from Malaga (Spain) to Miami (the US) via Morocco, Cape Verde, Grenada and the Dominican Republic. In their second year they sail from Öckerö (Sweden) down to Cadiz (Spain) via Germany, France, England and Ireland. In their third year they start and stop in Miami (the US) sailing to Cuba, Belize and Mexico.
The first trip for our science and sailor pupils is sailed in the Mediterranean and takes them from Cadiz to Gibraltar, Minorca, Corsica and Barcelona. In their second year they sail from Miami to Öckerö (Sweden), via South Carolina, Bermuda, the Azores and France. In their third year they make field trips into the Swedish archipelago, studying nature close up.
If you want to know more or want to visit T/S Gunilla in a port close to you, please do not hesitate to contact us:
Principal: Katarina Lindgren email@example.com
Director of Studies on board the T/S Gunilla firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome on board the T/S Gunilla!