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Cape Verde Sailing

If your next adventure checklist includes winter sun, beautiful islands, and a hands on sailing experience, then you won’t do better than one of the Cape Verde sailing voyages.

Tall ship sail adventures oosterscheldeThese 11 day voyages offer a perfect mix of active yet comfortable sailing and exploring over at least six islands. For each day of sailing you will spend a full day on the destination island. For most stops you will have an organised guided excursion.

Some of the islands are home to rare seabirds and the waters are chock full of sea turtles, fly-fish, and even whales. At night you’ll sleep on the ship and be rocked to sleep by gentle rolling waves.

Situated in the Atlantic ocean, over 600 kilometres west of Senegal, Cape Verde is made up of nine inhabited islands as well as a few uninhabited. Portuguese is still the official language but you’ll find that most locals speak Creole with a little French or English thrown in. The 450,000 inhabitants have a diverse culture with ancestries from Portugal, Africa, Italian, and French.

The sun is shining constantly and it rarely rains though sometimes the fine dust of the desert sand will limit the sun (and your sight). Each island is volcanic though you’ll discover that each one is also unique unto itself. Landscapes include steep terrace fields with coffee and banana plantations, black volcanoes, sand deserts, and don’t forget the fiercely deep blue ocean.

The ship is a three-masted topsail schooner which was built in 1918. She’s the largest restored Dutch sailing ship and has made several impressive journeys including an around the world journey in 1998. Sailing on this tall ship is a special experience. You’ll discover that no one is just a passenger but is, instead, part of the guest crew. You will learn all about sailing, navigating, and steering the ship during your adventure.

Keep in mind that sailing experience is not required.

Oosterschelde Another World Adventure sail Atlantic, Pacific, Indian Oceans Sail Around the World and Antarctica (11)The crew will happily explain what every line, halyard, and sheet is and you’ll be a pro before you know it. Your vessel is comfortably fitted and will provide every comfort. If you like, you’ll be assigned to the crew and find yourself involved with all duties. Though if you prefer to sit back and relax, that’s ok too!

These voyages take place year round and there are a wide variety of destinations. Sign on individually or with friends for one week or three.

Aside from an adventurous spirit, the only requirements for sailing in Cape Verde are sunscreen and shades! Fill out the enquiry form today.

Sailing Cape Verde

Discover the archipelago of Cape Verde. The voyages offer a mix of active, but comfortable sailing and exploring at least six islands. Each day of sailing will be followed by a full day on the island of destination. At night we stay at anchor. On most islands an excursion with local guides will be organised. Sunscreen and shades are a must when sailing in Cape Verde.

The islands of Cape Verde are situated in the Atlantic Ocean, over 600 kilometres west of Senegal at approximately 16 degrees North. Cape Verde consists of 9 inhabited and a few uninhabited islands. The official language is still Portuguese, however most inhabitants speak Creole and sometimes some English or French. Cape Verde has approximately 450.000 inhabitants, a mixture of African ancestries and Portuguese, French and Italian descent. A voyage to Cape Verde is a voyage to Africa. On this voyage we are able to see the most idyllic spots on these tropical islands, but we will also be confronted with the poverty of most of the population.

Cape Verde has a tropical climate. The sea temperature stays around 25 degrees Celsius and the often-strong Trade winds originate from the northeast. It rarely rains and the bright sun shines constantly. On some days the fine dusty desert sand limits the sunlight (and even your sight). All islands are volcanic, but at the same time the terrain varies widely. The landscape consists of steep terrace fields with bananas and coffee plantations, sand deserts, black volcano’s and a fierce deep blue ocean. On some of the islands rare seabirds can be found. The waters are full of fly-fish, tuna, sea turtles and whales.

Adventurous Travel

Every year there is an extensive programme of trips to a variety of destinations. You can sign on individually for a long weekend to England, a theme or holiday trip to an attractive locality, a crossing to another continent or a leg of the Tall Ships’ race.

The trips vary in length from one day to several weeks.

Sailing experience is not required

The crew will be happy to explain to you the operation of every line, halyard and sheet.

The vessel is comfortably furnished and fitted and provides every comfort. You will be assigned to the crew (unless you prefer not to be) and involved with all duties on board. From navigation, steering and standing watch to trimming the sails.

The Ship

The three-masted topsail schooner built in 1918 is the largest restored Dutch sailing ship, and is a monument for Dutch shipbuilding and maritime navigation under sail.

The vessel has made several impressive journeys since her restoration in 1992 including sailing an earlier journey around the world (finished in 1998), made several expeditions to Spitsbergen and sails to Cape Verde in wintertime. But the ship is also in use in domestic and foreign ports for presentation and promotion activities.

All the cabins are fitted with a washbasin with hot and cold running water and the showers are communal. In the spacious and stylishly appointed salon there are reading tables, seating areas and a piano.

The floor heating and wood-burning stove ensure a cozy temperature inside. In the salon the captain or first mate will inform you on the progress of the voyage and the weather on a daily basis. The library offers books on the area being travelled, the flora and fauna and other ships. General literature is also available, as are a number of DVD’s and magazines.

Sailing on board is a special experience. No one is a passenger, but is part of the guest crew. We will teach you all about sailing, steering and navigating the ship.

Price:

  • 2-person cabin 1,875 Euro (there are only a couple and they are reserved for people travelling with a friend)
  • 4-person cabin 1,650 Euro

Dates:

  • 11 January 2018 –  22 January 2018 (11 days)
  • 22 January 2018  – 02 February 2018 (11 days)
  • 14 February 2018 25 February 2018 (11 days)

 

Operator

This fantastic three-masted topsail schooner is the last remaining representative of the large fleet of schooners that sailed under the Dutch flag at the beginning of the 20th century. As the largest restored Dutch sailing ship she is a monument for Dutch shipbuilding and maritime navigation under sail and we love the brilliant voyages she undertakes that you can join, with no previous sailing experience, as voyage crew.

Sailing with a large and genuine sailing ship like this is a very special experience. You join the crew sailing, steering and navigating the ship. Sailing experience is not required for this as the professional crew explains everything you need to know.

Adventure seekers joining this amazing vessel do not sail with her for a luxury cruise. It’s an informal feeling on board and the main point of a voyage is to have a hands-on, active experience and exposure to the sea and sailing as well as the regions you travel between. That said, the ship is furnished comfortably and supplied with all modern conveniences. Think ‘active days & comfortable nights.’

Life on board is made even better by delicious meals prepared by a professional chef to fuel you up for a day’s sailing.

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