We invite you to the unique training

RYLA Baltic Sea 2023

Learn leadership and the environmental challenges of the Baltic Sea on board the amazing sailing ship “Briggen Tre Kronor af Stockholm” visiting islands in the archipelago of Stockholm, Sweden

Rotary district 2370 in partnership with Expedition Baltic Sea, Initiativ Utö, Stockholm University Baltic Sea Centre

The international Leadership training will take place on August 27-31, 2023 with 25 participants aged 18-30 from the countries around the Baltic Sea


What is RYLA?

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is an intensive leadership experience organized by Rotary clubs and districts where you develop your skills as a leader while having fun and making connections. Young people aged 18-30 - trainees, students and young professionals, chosen for their leadership potential - attend a 5-6 days training organized by Rotary members and partners.
The purpose of this RYLA Baltic Sea is to educate in leadership, raise awareness of the challenges in the Baltic Sea but also possible solutions. In other words: we want to create Baltic Sea Ambassadors. The first RYLA with focus Baltic Sea took place in Germany in June 2022.
Global challenges need proactive youth leaders with self-confidence and a capacity to be positive role models to others. 
The impact of the program spreads well beyond the duration as the RYLA participants will walk away with the inspiration, motivation, knowledge and skills to solve some of the world’s most pressing challenges.
Rotary clubs sponsor young leaders
The idea is that a Rotary club invites a young person and pays the participant fee 400 € for all arrangements in Sweden, excluding travel costs to Nynäshamn and from Stockholm. However, many clubs pay your travel costs as well.
If you are interested in becoming a RYLA participant, please contact the president of a local Rotary club. Clubs may be found with Rotary Club Locator.

What does our RYLA Baltic Sea 2023 offer?

We want to present and discuss the challenges as well as solutions regarding the state of the Baltic Sea. Being a fragile inland Sea, human influence is stronger compared to other seas. The major problems are overfertilization leading to algal bloom and dead zones, littering, the impact of industrial fishing as well as a faster processing climate-change.
RYLA 2023 includes professional keynote speakers, presentations, discussions and leadership activities taking place mainly on board of the Swedish sailing ship “Briggen Tre Kronor af Stockholm”.
In 2019 Briggen started the project Expedition Save the Baltic Sea, working in close partnership with Rotary:
RYLA 2023 will have 25 participants from all the countries around the Baltic Sea, i.e. Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Rotarians from these countries are actively cooperating in BASRAN, Baltic Sea Regional Action Network.
We want to develop leadership skills and problem-solving strategies as part of a team. Therefore, the presentations and activities aim to build confidence in yourself, to improve communication skills and learn how to arrange activities. As part of a small team you will elaborate ideas of problem-related projects for a presentation at the completion of our RYLA training.
There will be presentations, activities and team problem-solving sessions involving the Baltic Sea during the sailing trip and the visit at Askö laboratory. The intention is that the participants will gain a wider understanding of the biggest challenges as well as possible solutions. As a participant you must master english and be comfortable at sea during the sailing trip and the visits at Askö laboratory and Utö.


Ready to take the role as a leader of the environmental consciousness to the next level?


RYLA 2023 itinerary

Sunday, August 27
The participants will embark Briggen in the city of Nynäshamn southeast of the Swedish capital Stockholm, along the Baltic Sea.
Monday, August 28
We sail to Askö outside the small city Trosa.
Tuesday, August 29
We stay at anchor and visit the Stockholm university Baltic Sea Centre, Askö Lab. In late afternoon we set sails for the island of Utö, where we will arrive late in the evening.
Wednesday, August 30
In the morning we will meet representatives from “Initiative Utö”. They will inform us of their work and show you their three wetlands. We will spend the night at Utö.
Thursday, August 31
The participants will disembark Briggen and go by boat, bus and train to Stockholm in order to complete our RYLA. There will be presentations from the different teams, followed by discussions.
Farewell dinner on Skeppsholmen in the middle of Stockholm, where the participants will stay at a youth hostel.

Options on Friday, September 1
(possibly at your own expense) there will also be opportunities to learn more by visiting:





Please call or send an email to: Gun-Marie “Guje” Östedt-Axelsson: +46 (0)70 284 28 16 (cell), gog.axelsson@telia.com
Guje is Chair of the Rotary district 2370 committée "Save the Baltic Sea". Rotary district 2370 covers the Stockholm southern archipelago region.


The application period ended on April 30.
We select participants who will make a great training experience together, trying in that process to combine different competences to enhance interaction within the team. We inform all applicants during the month of May.
We welcome you to the RYLA 2023 training experience!