Sail Training Association of Sweden, or STAS for short, is the national branch of the international organisation Sail Training International (STI).

The association was founded in 1998. Amongst other things, it is tasked with spreading information about possibilities for young people to sail on board Swedish ships, organising participation in The Tall Ships Races (TSR) for Swedish ships, and coordinating applications from Swedish cities which wish to host the TSR.

Moreover, it is also engaged in ongoing work relating to issues of safety at sea and to collaboration between our Swedish sailing ship companies and the relevant authorities. Within the framework for international collaboration in the STI, it works for standardised regulations and training programmes.

THE BOARD

LILLIAN WESTERBERG, Chairman. Stockholm.
lillian@sta-sweden.se

Lillian Westerberg lives in the Stockholm area and has been a part of STAS’s board of trustees for many years, acting as spokesperson since 2012. Lillian has worked in Stockholm for over 30 years, principally with international and economic affairs, and has been the project manager for the Tall Ships Races in Stockholm three times; in 1987, 2000 and 2007; and a fourth time in the city of Halmstad in 2011.

CHRISTER SAMUELSSON, vice chairman. Smögen.
christer@sta-sweden.se

After a few years in the Swedish Navy and merchant navy, his career has been in a variety of positions with Burmeister & Wain and MAN-B&W where he is currently a director of its Swedish company and a member of the board of Hempel Paint A/S.

ANDERS CARLSSON, treasurer. Stenungsund.
anders@sta-sweden.se

Anders began working in the wherry industry in 1988 and is the captain of several wherries in Bohuslän. Anders has been active in the board of Nordisk Seglats for 20 years and is now part of the board for Sweden’s Sail Training Association. He is also the spokesperson for the Föreningen Västkustskutorna (West Coast Wherries Association).

JÖRGEN HANSSON, Security Manager. Barcelona.
jorgen@sta-sweden.se

Jörgen has sailed wherries since 1981 when he began working with the Swedish company MBV to renovate the Hawila ship. During the renovation work, he sailed with the SXK seglarskola’s sail training ship. Jörgen has sailed around 20 times on various training ships under around 10 different national flags.

He has taken part in 17 different Tall Ships Race stages. Since 2010, he has formed part of STI’s race operations committee as a representative of class A ships. He also usually acts as ship inspector during the Tall Ships Races event.Since 1999, Jörgen has worked for the Gunilla, where he has been the captain since 2006, and a partner in the ship’s managing company Add-Maritime AB since 2008

Caroline Nordstrandh, Ledamot, Halmstad
caroline@sta-sweden.se

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THOMAS GUNNARSSON, Ledamot, Göteborg
thomas@sta-sweden.se

Thomas professional career has to a large extent been in the sales and retail sector.
As an active leader in the Swedish Navy Youth Organization he has trained young people in sailing, navigation and boat handling since 1975.
For the last 15 years tall ships and sail training has been the main interest. As a member of the Swedish Sail Ship organization he has organized a large number of sail races and sailing events. He has also participated as a skipper in four Tall Ships Races since 2007.
As a board member of a number of maritime heritage organizations he has organized several harbor festivals and Cultural Ships Gatherings.

NORA GIERTZ LINDBERG Ledamot, Stockholm
nora@sta-sweden.se
Nora Giertz är utbildad vid Kaospiloterna i Århus och idag frilansande producent inom musik- och kulturbranschen. Hon sitter i styrelsen för det feministiska kollektivet Femtastic och är i skrivande stund sysselsatt med att sjösätta ett tre-årigt projekt finansierat av Arvsfonden med mål att bygga en nationell infrastruktur av kvinnliga kreatörer.

Nora har sitt andra hem i Kapstaden, har ett hjärta som slår extra hårt för danska bodegor och brinner för frågor som representation och jämställdhet.

2003 seglade hon sin första kurs på Malma Kvarn och avancerade redan nästa år till Kryssar Klubbens Seglarskola där hon föll pladask för Gratia. Några år sedan seglade hon som instruktör inom seglarskolan, men blev 2010 plockad till Tre Kronor af Stockholm där hon jobbat säsongsvis sedan dess som intendent. Nora brinner för att göra skut-Sverige mer tillgängligt för alla unga, oavsett bakgrund, och ser det som en av de viktigaste uppgifterna med sitt förtroendeuppdrag i STAS styrelse. 

ADJUNCT BOARDMEMBERS

MICKE GLANS
Adj. Halmstad
micke@sta-sweden.se

Emma Dyrehag
Adj. Halmstad
emma@sta-sweden.se

Lennart Martinsson
Adj. Lysekil
lennart@sta-sweden.se
 

Contact us


STAS - NATIONAL ORG.

Org. nr : 857209-3683
PG: 180 15 88-3

Adress
STAS

c/o Westerberg
Ringvägen 21 B
182 46 Enebyberg

INFO & PROTOCOL

Here you will find some current information about our activities.

MEMBERSHIP

Membership of the STAS is open to ...

•    Sailing ships and sailing organisations whose principal objective is to engage in youth training.

•    Swedish cities/municipalities which wish to support youth training on board training ships either by hosting  them or in another manner.

• Swedish cities which wish to apply as hosts for The Tall Ships Races

• Individuals, groups, organisations, businesses and others who wish to support the association in its activities.

For more information regarding membership, please get in touch with Anders Carlsson (treasurer)

STI - INTERNATIONAL ORG.

Sail Training International (STI) is an umbrella organisation that overlooks the Tall Ships Races, amongst other things. The organisation, which is a non-profit association, has its roots in the very first tall ships voyage of 1956.

STI works closely with training ships, national and international sail training organisations and host cities all over the world in order to help young people benefit from the experience of sail training.

Today, the Tall Ships Races has grown into a huge event. Every year around 3,000 young people take part on board 100 ships from 20 different countries.

The organisation grows from year to year, and today there are local STA associations in around 25 countries.

Read more at STI’s website: www.sailtraininginternational.org

USSO - Youth section

The USSO (Young Swedish Wherry Sailors Organisation) was formed in autumn 2010 and operates as the young person’s section of Sail Training Association Sweden. The organisation works to spread information to young wherry sailors, to organise opportunities for them to meet and exchange experiences with wherry sailors from other parts of the world, and to enable them to impact upon the operations of Sail Training International.

More info about USSO you can find at their website: www.seglaskuta.se/usso