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Sail Cape Verde to the Caribbean TOP018

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Ocean Sail Crossing Cape Verde to Cuba

Crossing an ocean like the Atlantic is a spectacular adventure. This ocean sail crossing Cape Verde to Cuba will have the horizon stretching as far as you can see. Experience the waves as they create a new rhythm for life on board, and the blue skies and blue waters are simultaneously calming and stimulating. Join this 29 day ocean voyage from the Cape Verde Islands off the cost of West Africa, across the Atlantic Ocean to the Caribbean and have your best adventure holiday yet.

Highlights:

  • Improve your sailing skills over the course of 29 days at sea
  • Sail an historic tall ship
  • Enjoy hiking, fishing, swimming, and mountain biking on Sao Nicolau
  • Fish off the deck for Tuna, Dorado, and Wahoo, then help prepare it for dinner for the rest of the crew
  • If the winds are favourable, make a stop in St Martin before the final destination of Cuba

You set sail from Palmeira, headed west. The north-easterly trade wind will carry you easily and quickly on your way as you get to grips with life on board. The first few days you’ll be adjusting to the rhythms of the waves and life at sea but not for long, as there’s a fantastic stop planned at Sao Nicolau, considered one of the most beautiful islands in the Cape Verde archipelago. Still wonderfully undiscovered, Sao Nicolau is a nature lover’s paradise. After your brief island stop it’s out into the wide open Atlantic Ocean.

Your vessel is a three-masted topsail schooner that was built in 1918. It’s been through many incarnations and is now the only remaining vessel of a once large fleet of topsail schooners that sailed under the Dutch flag. There aren’t many ports she hasn’t been to and she’s the perfect vessel to carry you across the ocean.

Your first stop in the Caribbean will be the island St Martin where you can stretch your legs after over 2,000 nautical miles. After restocking the stores with fresh fruit and vegetables you’ll start exploring the Caribbean on your way to Cuba. In this area and in this time of year there is a big chance you’ll spot humpback whales with their babies. Prepare to leave the endless coral reefs of Turks and Caicos and the Bahamas east of you as Cuba appears on the horizon.

On board there’s a professional crew of seven that will show you everything you need to know in order to be a productive member of the team. No previous sailing experience is required as the crew will teach you everything you need to know keeping it safe, fun, and educational. When you’re not on watch, you can spend the evenings star gazing or chatting and playing card games with your fellow crew or watching the endlessly changing sea and sky on deck. This adventure provides a great balance between active teamwork and personal relaxation. Enquire today to learn more.

Itinerary from the operator

Upon arrival the crew will be busy with stocking up. Water, gas oil, vegetables, fruit and other provisions will be brought on board. Everything we think we will need for our Atlantic crossing should be on board because when sailing to the Caribbean we will be on our own. We will enjoy our meal and last night in port before we leave the next morning.

From Palmeira we sail west. With the strong north-easterly trade wind we will be able to sail quickly to the Caribbean because  the North Equatorial Current will be favourable for us. For some it will be an adjustment getting used to the movements of the ship. Therefore, we make a short stop on one of the most beautiful islands of Cape Verde: São Nicolau. Then the Atlantic is waiting for us.

An ocean crossing is special and spectacular. And while the weather is very stable on these latitudes, wind direction and strength is variable. So there will always be something to do on deck. And with the expected pleasant temperatures we don’t mind being on deck. With a fishing line behind the ship we try to catch some fresh fish to add to the menu. Tuna, Wahoo and Dorado (Mahi-Mahi) are possible catches of the day.

During the nights we gaze at the stars and have long conversations at the aft deck. Our first stop in the Caribbean will be the island St Martin. We will stretch our legs after over 2000 nautical miles and we fill our stores with fresh fruit and vegetables. The second part of our trip will be in the Caribbean. In this area and in this time of year there is a big chance we will spot humpback whales with their babies. We leave the endless coral reefs of Turks and Caicos and the Bahamas east of us while we spot the west coast of Cuba. The island is so big that it will take us a few days before we arrive at our destination: Hemingway Marina, Cuba.

This description is meant to give you an impression of how a voyage could look like. Depending on wind and weather conditions the travel plan could be altered, however we always try to sail as much as possible.

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SAILING AT SEA

Sailing with a large and genuine sailing ship is a very special experience. Account has to be taken of the vagaries of weather at all times. Conditions at sea are never constant. This can mean change of plans underway. For longer crossings the vessel sails on through the nights, with crew members standing watch. You will be assigned together with the crew to sail, steer and navigate the ship. Sailing experience is not required for this. The crew will be happy to explain the function of all the ropes, halyards and sheets to you. Our experience has been that most persons on board want to participate actively in sailing the vessel.

LIFE ON BOARD

The boat has become a favourite of sea and nature fans. People do not sail with her for a luxury cruise. The main feature is always active and direct exposure to the sea and sailing, the region being travelled and its fauna. The ship is nevertheless furnished comfortably and supplied with all modern conveniences. All cabins are fitted with a washbasin with hot and cold running water. 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 an agreeable 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. Life on board is enhanced by the good meals prepared by our professional chef.

EQUIPMENT AND SAFETY

The boat is equipped to sail worldwide. For this purpose the vessel holds all the safety certificates required by Dutch law. The qualified and experienced crew of at least 7 persons also contributes to ensuring safe passage. Each sailing area requires special preparations because there are no facilities along the way to repair something or to procure parts. We usually have to manage with whatever is onboard.

We are able to produce drinking water from seawater using a filter system. Food is stored aboard immediately prior to departure. Some 15,000 litre of diesel oil will also be bunkered for the heating, for the generators for electrical power supply and for the main engine. There are two rubber dinghies onboard with outboard motor and a wooden sloop for transport to the shore. In the interests of safety there are safety vests and life rafts, fire detection and fire extinction installations, a very extensive medicine cabinet, Epirb, radar transponder, etc. For navigation and communications purposes the boat is equipped with a radar set, two com- passes, satellite navigation system, an echo sounder, a sextant, an SSB radio, an Inmarsat-C-fax terminal, 4 marine telephones, etc.

THE CREW

The crew members are highly experienced ocean going sailors, which often sail with this boat. The crew holds all the required certificates and diplomas and is qualified to sail worldwide. On thematic voyages in special areas, the crew is supplemented by (nature) guides. These guides are especially selected based on their broad knowledge of plants, birds, sea life and/or history of the area. The atmosphere onboard is informal.

INSURANCES

The vessel is insured for possible legal liability caused during your stay onboard. However, the trip operator does not cover any damage sustained on your transfer to and from the ship or during trips ashore. Of course you have health insurance. Most of the time your insurance will not cover the costs to repatriate you in case of illness or accidents abroad. For both reasons you at least need a travel insurance, possibly in combination with a cancellation insurance. For inhabitants of the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxemburg and Germany we are able to arrange these insurances.

MONEY DURING A VOYAGE

Before your departure the shipping company will send you an invoice for your stay and the meals during your stay onboard. The consumptions will have to be paid onboard in cash at the end of the voyage.

MEALS ON BOARD

Our experienced cook will prepare three well-balanced meals a day. In between meals snacks will be served. Coffee, tea and milk are included in the price. Other drinks will be charged at normal bar prices at the end of the journey.

Dates & Rates

Embarkation: Monday 26 February 2018 5PM, Sal, Cape Verde
Disembarkation: Tuesday 27 March 2018 9AM, Hemingway Marina, Cuba
Price 2 person cabin: € 3625,- p.p.
Price 4 person cabin: € 2900,- p.p.
Includes three meals per day, snacks, coffee, tea, milk and water

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!’

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.

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

The vessel holds all the safety certificates required by Dutch law. The qualified and experienced crew of at least 7 people also contributes to ensuring safe passage. On some voyages the crew is supplemented by (nature) guides.

These guides are especially selected based on their broad knowledge of plants, birds, sea life and/or history of the area.

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