Öckerö gymnasium

A Swedish school under sail

Öckerö Seglande Gymnasieskola is an upper secondary school for students aged 16-19 and 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 at the school in Sweden, three of the programs spend as much as a total of six months on our school ship T/S Gunilla. The students 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 1000m². It holds a professional crew of 11 and 44 trainees/students. Onboard the students work in three different watches, taking care of all those duties there are on a ship of this size such as maintenance, climbing the rigging, handling the sails and work on deck. Life onboard T/S Gunilla offers a unique combination of theory and practice for the students. When visiting different ports around the Atlantic the students are given incomparable experiences from different countries, societies and cultures.

T/S Gunilla sails all year long taking our students from different programs on five separate trips each school year. Three trips are sailed by the students on the social science program and the other two by students on the science program together with students from the vocational program.

The firstgrade students on the social studies program sail from Malaga, Spain to Miami making stops at The Canary Islands, Cape Verde, Grenada and the Dominican Republic. In their second year they sail from Öckerö (Sweden) down to Cádiz (Spain) via Germany, France, England and Portugal. In their third year the journey begins and ends in Miami with stops in Cuba, Belize, Mexico and New Orleans.

The first trip for the students on the science program and on the vocational program is sailed in the Mediterranean and takes them from Cádiz to Gibraltar, Barcelona (Spain), Corsica, Sardinia and signing off in Malaga. In their second year they sail from Miami to Öckerö (Sweden), stopping at Charleston, Bermuda, the Azores and Portsmouth, England.

More information

If you want to know more or would like to visit T/S Gunilla in a port close to you, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Principal: Stefan Carmesund stefan.carmesund@ockero.se

Welcome on board the T/S Gunilla!


Stefan Caemesund

Öckerö seglande gymnasieskola
Björnhuvudsvägen 45
475 31 Öckerö

Telefon: 031-97 62 00
e-post: kommun@ockero.se