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Sail the Moroccan Coast and the Canaries

Sail Morocco to the Canary Islands for a wonderful mix of adventurous sailing and coastal exploration. Join this off the beaten track two week expedition for a mix of exotic locations, fun day sails, and overnight passages. No experience needed – just a sense of adventure and a willingness to get involved. Fall in love with yacht life as you sit on deck with a cold beer after a satisfying day’s sail and watch a spectacular sunset.

This adventure begins in Cadiz, Spain and journeys south and then west until reaching the beautiful Canary Islands. This is sailing heaven that includes a few day sails out of Morocco and then a beautiful 24 hour overnight passage.  You’ll sail under African stars and finish with up to five days of exploration around the north of Lanzarote.

A perfect adventure from start to finish.

Your sailing vessel is a 60′ expedition sailing yacht.  You’ll be an active crew member and have the chance to gain a wide range of sailing skills as you learn from two amazing and highly experienced instructors.  There’s also the chance to work toward RYA qualifications if you’re interested. Your instructors will teach you as much or as little as you like. You can take part in the night watch and learn to adjust the sails based on the always changing patterns of the wind.

No prior sailing experience is necessary.  You’ll learn as you go and the small group size (up to 8) will ensure you get all the instruction you need to fully enjoy the experience.

Trip highlights:

  • Spend time sailing a beautiful ex-world racing yacht
  • Sail Morocco, Lanzarote, and Cadiz
  • Visit Rabat with its colonial architecture and relaxed river setting
  • Anchor in front of the old Portuguese fortifications at El Jadida
  • Pick up some hand painted ceramics from the extraordinary potter’s quarter of Safi
  • Spend a day exploring La Graciosa, one of the beautiful Canary Islands
  • Try out mouth -watering North African dishes – influenced by dozens of ancient cultures
  • Explore volcanic sights around Lanzarote
  • Spend time on Agadir’s golden beaches and enjoy a cocktail or two from one of the many fun bars
  • Kayak and bike around the Canaries on non-sailing days
  • Explore the paradise bay known as Papayogo

Enquire now to learn more and book your place.

Trip Notes from Operator

Initial training off the coast of Andalucia

Joining the boat in Cadiz, a city dating back to the Phoenicians, we’ll do crew introductions and learn the ropes in the sheltered waters of the bay. Just a short hop across the water is the picture perfect town of Rota, where we might decide to sample some local seafood or sherry before crossing shipping lanes of the Gibraltar Straits to Tangier.

Across the straits to Tangier & Morocco

If possible we’ll have a day to explore this fantastic city, getting lost in the kasbah and picking up fresh fruit and spices from the market. The next stop if the swell allows is the Moroccan administrative capital of Rabat. With wide boulevards and a distinctly European feel it is quite a contrast to the other ports en route.

Longer day sails and more time ashore to explore

With greater than average distances between ports on this trip we will likely alternate between a long day at sea, fishing and improving navigation skills en route, followed by a full day in port to explore. El Jadida, atmospheric setting of Orson Wells’ Othello, is a must see. With its innumerable fleet of tiny fishing boats and gorgeous Portugese walled town it is a truly special spot.

Finishing with an overnight passage to the Canaries

There’ll be time for one or two more Moroccan ports before making the two day crossing to the Canaries, anchoring off the beach and going ashore to explore this lovely UNESCO biosphere.

This trip is one of the most adventurous that we run. Few yachts visit the Atlantic coast of Morocco and there are even fewer facilities for them when they get there. We may be tied up in the fishing docks one night, or next to a commercial ship the next. But that’s what makes this one of the most genuine experiences of Morocco available.

 

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KEY FACTS & FIGURES

  • No previous sailing experience is needed
  • Maximum of 8 crew on most trips
  • Over half the crew join the boat alone
  • Average age range is 35 – 65 yrs
  • Most crews are evenly split male & female
  • We head ashore most days
  • Everything is included – you just need to get to & from the start / finish

TRAVEL

Dates: 7th January – 21st January 2017

Join the boat in Cadiz

  • Join the boat in Cadiz on January 7th 2017 between 1200hrs & 2000hrs. If you cannot arrive before 2000hrs please let us know in advance.
  • Fly to Jerez de la Frontera airport. The airport is served by British Airways, Ryanair and Iberia.
  • From the airport take a taxi, which takes about 30 to 40 minutes and costs about £35, to Cádiz. There are also frequent trains from Jerez to Cádiz which arrive at the station inside the old town.

Disembark in Lanzarote

  • Disembark in Lanzarote at 1200 hrs on January 21st 2017.
  • Fly from Lanzarote Airport which is well served by many airlines.
  • The airport is a 30 minute taxi from the marina and the journey costs about €30

Kit List

On-board, we provide top quality foul weather kit and life-jackets. You will need to bring the following kit:
Sleeping bag
We recommend a good 3 seasons bag that can open up fully. A silk liner can really help keep your bag clean and comfortable.

Dry bags
About 4 dry bags, ranging in size from 5 to 20 litres. These will keep your kit dry, electronics safe and such like. Maybe get ones with windows so you can see what’s inside. Pack a little silica gel pouch in each one to really keep things dry. If you don’t have dry bags, plastic shopping bags are decent alternative!

Media
I-pod, camera, kindle etc. Put them in a waterproof cases wherever possible. Writing materials, pens etc. Each bunk has a USB charging point, so bring a lead.

Head torch
It has to have a red filter, but other than that, don’t go for anything fancy or expensive.

Hat
We like ones that are a bit waterproof and that really come down over the ears. A wide brimmed sun hat can also be a great second hat.

Gloves
Have a thin woolly pair and a nice thick pair for night helming and such like. Bring more than one set, because they’ll get wet and then they’re useless! We really don’t rate most expensive sailing or skiing gloves, not least because their liners tend to pull out when wet making the glove impossible to get back on. Mittens really are ideal.

Base Layers
There really is no need to buy expensive or technical base layers. If you are on one of our colder expeditions, some woolly long-johns and a couple of long sleeved base layer tops will be your best friends.

Underwear and socks
Bring enough that you can wear a fresh set every day for up to a week. Why not?

Light weight long sleeve top
For hot sunny days and sunburn issues

1 pair long trousers for day to say sailing
There really is nothing to beat fleece-lined snowboarding trousers. Warm, weather proof and cheap. Why pay hundreds more for inferior kit?

Mid layers
These are what will keep you warm, so bring plenty. Thick fleece jackets and woolly jumpers are great. Duvet jackets are also very good, though you have to keep them dry.

Mid weight jacket
Something to wear as an outer layer that is windproof and at least shower proof. If it gets really wet, then you swap it out for our foulies!

Sailing boots
You can spend a fortune but you really don’t need to, especially if you’re just joining us for one or two legs. We’ve sailed in £30 rubber sailing boots and they are absolutely fine (and dry). We’ve also sailed in £200 ocean sailing boots and been wet. If anything, go for rubber sailing boots to start. I fyou think you’ll sail regularly the Musto HPX Ocean boots are great as are the Dubarry Ocean boots.

Other footwear
Flip flops are great once we’re ashore and a pair of cross-trainers or light hiking boots can also be invaluable for exploring ashore in muddier areas.

Sun glasses
They should be polarised and have a safety strap

Toiletries
Tooth brush and toothpaste; small bottle of shower gel; deodorant; SPF 15+ Sun cream (the sea reflects the sun and you will burn); towel (it doesn’t need to be a travel towel). Ear plugs can be very valuable.

Swimming gear and goggles

A knife / pliers combination
Not essential but very nice to have.

Money
An internationally recognised credit or charge card and some local currency for when you first arrive.

Some shore clothes

What we provide
Top quality foul weather kit.
Life-jackets (please note, you are not allowed to use your own life-jacket on board, so please do not bring one)
A pillow for your bunk

Please pack your kit in a soft bag than can be folded away. Hard bottomed cases are very difficult to deal with on board.

The Boat

60′ expedition sailing yacht

The yacht is a powerful expedition yacht designed with safety and simplicity in mind. Originally built for the Clipper round the world yacht race, she has more than proved her seaworthiness with three successful circumnavigations of the globe. Her long fin keel means she has exceptional stability and the cutter rig gives a versatile sail plan that can be quickly matched to conditions as they change.

Highest safety rating possible

The yacht has the MCA’s top rating: Category 0. This means that they have designated her and her equipment fit to sail unlimited distances off shore for any period of time. This rating requires the top rated life rafts, an EPIRB, advanced medical kit, satellite communications, three different watertight compartments and more. There is no higher standard for such a yacht. Most sailing schools will be using Cat 2 rated yachts, limited to no more than 60nm offshore. These expeditions are true adventures, often heading far out to sea and to remote shores, but safety remains at the centre of everything we do.
 
A true expedition feel

This yacht is not a cabin cruiser! Built to race and now converted for expeditions, she retains much of the look and feel of her early days. Crew accommodation remains as it was in her racing days. It is open plan, divided up into two cabins of 4-5 people each. The camaraderie down below is superb and this arrangement is far preferable to being in a small cramped cabin with someone you don’t know! One of our clients described as being like a mountain hut but on the water, and that’s probably not such a bad description.

Warm and comfortable

You will never be anything other than warm and dry down below. The headroom is around 8’ in most areas and all crew have large amounts of personal storage space. Bunks measure 6’ 7” in length with high lee cloths giving you plenty of room to yourself. There is powerful heating throughout to keep us warm, while a well equipped galley allows us to make some great meals underway, often with freshly caught fish. The saloon has books, a TV & DVD player, games and a selection of films.

Dates: 6 January – 20 January 2018

Price from: 1,980 GBP per person.

We love this sailing company’s ethos – to help people do three things: sail, train and explore. They are passionate about enabling people to experience life out on the open ocean, building sailing skills and exploring some beautiful countries.

After years of training people to become professional sailors, and having covered thousands of miles between them, the company Founders realised that so many people had dreamt of setting off across an ocean, but hadn’t the skills, the boat or crew to make those dreams come true. The company now runs expeditions on a specialised 60’ yacht to some of the most exciting places out there – often largely inaccessible from land.

With no previous sailing experience required, the two instructors will guide you every step of the way as you develop your sailing skills, maybe even earning an RYA qualification during the week. Exploring on land as they go is just as important and the bikes and a kayak mean you can head off and enjoy everything there is to see along the route.

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