Tallinn University of Technology

Estonian maritime academy open sea yacht Tuulelind

The Estonian Maritime Academy's former offshore yacht Tormilind served the school worthily for 22 years, but since everything gets old and the academy's long-standing dream was to modernize its seafaring practice, it was decided to purchase a new yacht – Tuulelind was completed in 2016. The yacht is used both for students' sailing lessons and small craft training. Students also participate in various domestic and international sailing regattas. Tuulelind has participated in the international sailing regatta The Tall Ships Races in the summer of 2017, 2018 and 2019. Two years in a row, the first place in its class (D-class) has also been won.

The Tuulelind was baptized and watered according to all ancient traditions on April 26, 2016.

The Tuulelind is a cruiser-racer flat-bottomed yacht with a furling foresail jib, as well as a mainsail, plus, of course, a gennaker and spinnaker for downwind sailing.

The Tuulelind is also equipped with a four-cylinder Volvo Penta 39kW diesel engine, which is very economical and uses approx. 5 liters of fuel per hour. The yacht is also equipped with the necessary navigation and communication equipment (GPS, AIS, chart plotter, RADAR, autopilot, echosounder, VHF, sat. phone, etc.).

Interior of yacht

Since it is a yacht for students, the interior of the yacht is also very simple and equipped with the most necessary. The yacht has three cabins, saloon, galley and washroom/toilet. In addition to sleeping, the saloon also serves as a classroom, where there is a large table and a TV, on which the captain can duplicate the image of the chart plotter in the cockpit and various nuances for a large number of young people. Although there are ten berths in total, 12 people can be on board at the same time.

Tuulelind’s details:

Length: 44 feet or 13.15m

Width: 4.18m

Weight: 11.2 tons

Mast length: 18.25m

Draft: 2.2m.

Estonian Maritime Academy training vessel Sinilind

Estonian Maritime Academy acquired the training ship "Sinilind" in September 2022. The make/model of the vessel is Stentor 54 Pilothouse and it was built in 2006 in the Netherlands. Before arriving in Estonia, Sinilind (originally Big White) has sailed on different sea areas.

Sinilind is used to conduct practical teaching lessons in various curricula, as well as to train small craft training and in various research projects. Thanks to the good space solution, up to 20 people can be taken on board at the same time, there are up to six sleeping places and they are divided into two cabins and a saloon.

Since Sinilind was originally designed as a family boat, it is very well equipped and thanks to the hull material, it can also be used all year round. A separate RIB boat for up to five people has been purchased and installed the stern of Sinilind.

After arriving in Estonia, Sinilind has undergone a renovation, during which the aft cabin was rebuilt (can be used for sleeping or as a conference room), TVs were replaced and all navigation equipment was renewed (ECDIS, AIS, Autopilot, VHF, 360° cameras, etc.).

To maintain better stability at sea, the ship has stabilizers and a bow and stern thruster to facilitate maneuvering. Sinilindu is powered by a 136 kW diesel engine, and the ship is equipped with Webasto for the colder months.

Sinilind details:

Length: 54 feet or 16.03 m

Width: 4.65 m

Weight: 45 tons

Draft: 1.4 m.