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Sail Canada to Falkland Islands – North to South Atlantic Ocean Voyage
Between September and November 2017 a 105 year old tall ship will sail from Lunenburg in Canada to the Falkland Islands via Brazil and Uruguay. This is a rare opportunity to sail north to south on an Atlantic Ocean voyage as guest crew.
You can join the crew of an historic Dutch tall ship for this hands-on transatlantic voyage that includes crossing the equator. Start the journey a landlubber and finish a salty shellback sailor by taking part in any, or all three of the voyage legs.
Hop on board in either:
- Lunenburg for a 36 day sail to Salvador, Brazil
- Salvador, Brazil for a 17 day sail to Montevideo, Uruguay
- Montevideo, Uruguay for a 17 day sail to the Falkland Islands
- Learn to sail a 100+ year old traditional tall ship
- Spot whales, inquisitive dolphins, and flying fish from on deck
- Take the helm or climb the rigging as you work alongside the professional crew
- Help catch dinner for your talented on board cook to prepare
- Learn celestial navigation and other traditional crafts from experienced sailors
- Participate in the infamous Neptune ceremony as you cross the equator
Because it’s a hands-on adventure and the ship sails 24 hours a day, you’ll participate in the ‘watch’ system. You’ll be working 8 hours out of 24 alongside professional and experienced crew who will teach you everything you need to know. Watch tasks include keeping course by steering the helm, hoisting the sails, climbing the rigging, keeping watch on deck or helping out with ship maintenance. There is time for relaxation when you’re not on watch but no chance you’ll ever get bored. No experience is needed to join this voyage, but a positive and helpful attitude is a must.
With no phone signal and only very limited email access this is the perfect opportunity to take a digital detox. Leave your day-to-day life behind and relax into the rhythm of life at sea. Many who have made ocean voyages like this have called it a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Think big for your next adventure, set your sights on the far horizon, and enquire today.
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lunenburg, ca, 10h00
salvador, br, 09h00
|4/6 person cabin
|2 person cabin
|17||salvador, brazil, 17h00||montevideo, uruguay, 09h00||€1.275,-||€1.615,-|
|15||montevideo, ur, 17h00||falkland islands, uk, 09h00||€1.125,-||€1.425,-|
Canada to Brazil – 36 days / 4,500 nautical miles
Following the summer of tall ship races and festivals taking place to celebrate the 150 Year Canada Anniversary and after a short yard period in Lunenburg the tall ship will be ready for hit the high seas again on the 4th September 2017.
The first leg on this southbound mission is to cover 4,500 nautical miles in around 36 days. On an ocean voyage like this you can expect to learn all the tricks in the book about square rig sailing and more than anything, it’s a chance to get some real distance from everyday life. Expect to learn a lot about yourself, your fellow crew and the wonderful world of ocean sailing in this month which will whiz by.
Our company Another World Adventures was founded following a month long ocean voyage like this so who knows what you may be inspired to do when your feet reach dry land…!
During this voyage you will have plenty of time to learn the skills on square rigged sailing and enjoy a real sailors life. Once the ship has left port you will be assigned to the watch system and you will sail and steer the ship, of course with some help of the crew. As this is quite a long voyage at sea the sail training aspect is a real part of this trip. But of course there still is enough time to relax and enjoy your time with your fellow trainees or take some time to read and star gaze!
Brazil to Uruguay – 17 days / 1,850 nautical miles
The second leg to the South is between Salvador and Montevideo, Uruguay. This shorter ocean voyage (17 days) will feel very different to the first leg. Both the founders of Another World Adventures have sailed this route before and will be happy to chat to you about it. In the first days of this voyage you’ll still enjoy the North East trade winds, but further along the way ever changing weather systems will dominate the area making for some exciting and sometimes surprising watches. Expect to pack your shorts and t-shirts under a layer of waterproofs as you begin to encounter the rather colder Falkland current which runs along the east coast of South America. As the temperature outside drops things heat up on board with some fun, exciting and exhilarating sailing!
From Uruguay to the Falkland Islands – 15 days / 1,020 nautical miles
Montevideo ( Uruguay) to Port Stanley (Falkland Islands, United Kingdom) is the final leg before the start of a new Antarctic Season. The crew will welcome all new sailors on board and everybody will be assigned to the watch system. After about 15 days and a little bit over 1000 miles the ship is expected in Port Stanley on the Falkland Islands.
The Bay of Montevideo forms a natural harbour, the nation’s largest and one of the largest in the Southern Cone, and the finest natural port in the region. Various streams criss-cross the town and empty into the Bay of Montevideo. Montevideo is the largest city, the capital, and the chief port of Uruguay. The settlement was established in 1726 by Bruno Mauricio de Zabala.
From Montevideo you can expect a very nice sailing voyage towards the Falklands with plenty of days learning the ropes or refining your skills from past voyages. The end of the trip offers the rare reward that is time and the opportunity to explore the little visited Falkland Islands. Where possible the Captain will try to make landings on one of the several islands of the Falklands.
Falkland Islands / Islas Malvinas
The Falkland Islands (the Argentine call it Islas Malvinas) are an archipelago in the South Atlantic Ocean, located about 250 nautical miles (460 km; 290 mi) from the coast of mainland South America. The archipelago, consisting of East Falkland, West Falkland and 776 lesser islands, is a self-governing British Overseas Territory. The capital, Stanley, is on East Falkland. Ever since the re-establishment of British rule in 1833, Argentina has claimed sovereignty.
The Falkland Islands have a rich history embracing maritime trade, missionary links, Darwinian discoveries and participation in the two World Wars. Links with sealers, whalers, explorers and South American indigenous people have helped to shape the culture, as well as the natural environment of today’s Falklands. From fossils to geological features, historic buildings to shipwrecks, reminders of the past can be found everywhere in the Islands. The Falkland Island Museum in Stanley is an excellent starting point to gain an appreciation of Island life, past and present.
On your way to Port Stanly the Captain will try to make some stops with and make a landing on one of the Islands. They will be a fee charged between 10 and 20 pounds per landing, but this can be paid on board after each landing.
Overnights in Stanley
After arrival in Port Stanley you have a couple of days to spend on the Falklands before your return flight. For suggestions on accomodation please have a look at http://falklandislands.com. It is possible to stay a few nights extra on board with a bed& breakfast basis for a surcharge.
The vessel is registered as a sail training ship and as such you will be mustered as voyage crew. This means that, more so than on a passenger ship, you will get extensive safety instructions and we ask you to join in the watch system.
Participating in sailing and running of the tall ship is part of the overall experience on board. The level of participation will depend on your interest and physical condition. On deck you work together with the permanent crew. The watch system consists of joining the permanent crew for 4 hours, after which you will be off for 8 hours.
NO SAILING EXPERIENCE NEEDED
Everyone is welcome to take the helm, set sails, assist with manoeuvres, navigation, weather observations, furling the sails on the yards and much more. The permanent crew will give lectures and instruct you during the voyage in steering, navigation and line handling.
This will be done in a “Dutch” style, so without yelling, blowing whistles and so on. Also, you will find no uniforms onboard.
Crossing the ocean properly with a square rigger under sail like this is a team effort, so we appreciate every input from the voyage crew. Sailing experience is not necessary. Instructions will be given in watch responsibilities, basic sail theory, line handling, steering and navigation.
One hour on board and it will instantly be clear: “teamwork” has to be the key to this beautiful traditional sailing vessel. No winches, but an infinity of lines; at first glance maybe a complete jungle. The hundreds of blocks look like spiders in their webs. The novice sailor will be introduced to these matters every day and, after a few weeks, all those lines, blocks, stays, booms with their impossible names and functions become an open book.
VARIOUS PLACES FOR RELAXING
The ship is ideal for ocean crossings and longer voyages, with various places for relaxing: library, lounge, poker corner and deckhouse. These different areas allow you to do your own thing: perhaps some quiet reading or a more active role in the social life in the deckhouse. The ship is equipped with a DVD player, a CD player, i-Pod connection and radio. There are four 2-person cabins, four 4-person cabins and four 6-person cabins. The comfortable cabins each have an en-suite toilet and shower.
MEALS ON BOARD
An experienced cook and cook’s assistant will prepare three meals a day. The general meal times on board are:
Breakfast: 07:00 – 09:00
Coffee and tea: 10:00, 14:00, 16:00, 20:00
Baking of bread and cookies is done at night.
At sea, midnight snacks are prepared, usually during the dog watch (24:00-04:00)
The vessel was built in 1911 under the name of “Senator Brockes” at the Stulcken shipyard in Hamburg, at the request of the city of Hamburg. The ship was put into service as Elbe 3 lightship on the river Elbe, and later worked as a stand-by vessel. In 1986 the ship was brought to the Netherlands. Over a period of 8 years, she was completely rebuilt and rigged as a three-masted bark.
The rebuilding and conversion to a sailing vessel was carried out under the supervision of the Dutch Shipping Inspection, Bureau Veritas and Register Holland. She sails with worldwide certificates from each of these authorities and she complies with the highest requirements for sailing ships.
For more information about life on board and the vessel please complete the Enquiry Form.
Sail Canada to Falkland Islands
- Dates: 4th Sept 2016 – 16 Nov 2017 (three voyages)
- Price: starting from 1,125 EUR
- Depart: Canada
- Arrive: Falkland Islands (via Brazil & Uruguay)
- Length: 36, 17 or 15 Day legs
- Adventure: Hands on Atlantic Ocean sailing voyage
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover”.