Sail Training Ireland – Partner Vessels


Brian Boru

A traditional gaff rigged wooden sailing ketch that calls Dublin its home, the beautiful sailing ship is the culmination of a 3-year renovation and conversion project under the management of her former owner Tony McLoughlin, a professional Master Shipwright.

She is now under the ownership of Michael Byrne, a strong advocate in the Sail Training community who previously worked for Sail Training Ireland.



Morgenster (Morning Star) is traditionally rigged as a brig, with square sails on her two masts. This 48m sail training vessel is well known in Holland, where she is based, but has taken part in many International Tall Ships Races and Erasmus+ Youth Exchange voyages as she caters for up to 36 trainee crew in cabin and hammock-style accommodation. Morgenster was originally built as a deep sea fishing vessel but was converted to a fine sailing ship in 2008. Her owners Marian and Harry Mutter intended that the rig would be ideal for sail training, fast and elegant.



Maybe, a 1920’s Dutch sailing ketch, made out of wood in 1933, was designed for round the world cruising. She has been completely restored recently and returned to the Tall Ships races. A major milestone in Maybe’s history is that she took part in the first ever Tall Ships Race in 1956! Since then, Maybe came third in her class in the 2014 Tall Ships Race. Maybe can accommodate 12 trainee crew members and 3-4 permanent crew.


Gulden Leeuw

The “Gulden Leeuw” (Golden Lion) has been designed and built as an ocean-going, ‘A’ class ship. In combination with the three-mast topsail schooner rig, it is a fast, robust ship. 70 meters long with 40 meter masts, the Gulden Leeuw was originally built in 1937 and completely redesigned and rebuilt in 2010; the ship has preserved its 1930s’ heritage ambience, but offers practical use of space with a giant dormitory sleeping up to 60 trainee crew.



Creidne is one of two yachts owned by the Naval Service, the other being Tailte.  She was built in Norway in 1967 and is a 48ft Bermudan ketch, originally named Galcador. She was the national sail-training vessel from 1975 to 1980 when she acted as a stand-in between the retirement of the original Asgard and the construction of Asgard II. The Waterford Bursary Voyage 2016 was the first voyage undertaken by Creidne since 2009/2010 when she carried out voyages to cater for trainees that had been scheduled to voyage on the lost Asgard II.


Pelican of London

Pelican of London is unique among Square Riggers. Her hull form was derived from the elite French clippers of the late 19th century, a long poop has been added which provides exceptional space and comfort for worldwide operation. Her exclusive rig generates twice her engine power and yet it is handy and easily adapted to extreme conditions. She is 45 metres overall and has 11 sails. Pelican has been designed principally as a sail training ship and can accommodate 28 trainees.


Volharding is a fully restored, 85ft long, 120-year-old Dutch sailing barge. Her days as a cargo craft are long behind her and her task now is to make a positive and lasting difference to those who sail on her and experience the magic and heritage of the coast from an inspirational perspective. She is fully equipped to accommodate up to twelve trainees in comfort.  The three bathrooms are equipped with domestic-style electric showers and toilets, while meals are prepared in a well-equipped galley kitchen, containing a large cooker/oven, two fridges and freezer.


Tall Ship Atyla is a two-masted wooden schooner handmade in Spain between 1980 and 1984. She was designed by Esteban Vicente Jimenez to look like the Spanish vessels from the 1800s and built with the intention of circumnavigating the earth following the Magellan–Elcano route and then become a training ship. Although she never did that trip and instead sailed around Spain for almost her 30 years, in 2013 Esteban’s nephew became her new skipper and decided to finally dedicate her to international sail training for both professionals and amateurs.