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Transatlantic crossing from Tenerife to Martinique TOP018_11
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Transatlantic crossing from Tenerife to Martinique

Join the voyage crew on an adventurous crossing of the Atlantic crewing on a three-masted topsail schooner.  Your vessel, built in 1918, will be making an ‘Atlantic Triangle’ in 2016 and this leg is from Tenerife to Martinique.  You’ll get to explore when you drop anchor at fabulous ports of call, but on board you’re crew and that means joining the watch, learning to navigate, set the sails and trying your hand at steering.  It’s the perfect adventure for sailing newbies experienced hands alike. A wonderful opportunity to leave the stressed of the day-to-day behind and spend a month at sea completely consumed in the job of sailing the ship across an ocean.

Once you depart from Tenerife you’ll sail south west as you connect with the trade winds – usually found near the Canary Islands.  These strong winds will help you get to Caribbean quick. But don’t worry, there’s plenty of time to get your sea legs and really experience the deep peace that such a voyage can offer.  An ocean crossing is both special and very personal.   Maybe you need to deeply relax and let got, or maybe you’re hoping to shake things up, clear your thinking, or chart a new course for yourself.  Whatever you need, this is more than a physical journey.

There will always be something to do on deck and your professional crew will give you all the time and training that you need to feel comfortable and safe. You’ll get the chance to take part in watches in both the day and at night and within a few days will be an integral part of the ship’s crew.  The temperatures will be warm, the winds perfect, and the sky and sea will be ever changing.

Highlights:

  • Taste the absolutely freshest Wahoo, Tune, and Dorado.
  • Let the ocean rock you to sleep
  • Enjoy long conversations and deep reflections in the evenings as you gaze at the stars.
  • Explore Martinique culture, cuisine, and history
  • Learn as you go to become an integral part of the crew to sail the ship

If the winds favour you there might even be time for stops to Cape Verde and Barbados. This is 25 unbelievable days spent doing something that most people only dream of.  Make it a reality for you and enquire today.

 

Itinerary

Upon arrival on board the crew will be busy with stocking up. Water, gas oil, vegetables, fruit and other provisions will be brought on board. Everything that we think will need for our Atlantic crossing should be on board. Because on our sailing trip 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 Tenerife we sail to the southwest looking for the trade winds. Usually we will it a bit south of the Canary Islands. With this strong northeasterly wind we will be able to sail quick to the Caribbean because also the North Equatorial Current will be favourable for us. An ocean crossing is special and spectacular. The waves, the ocean swell and the beautiful skies never get boring. And while the weather is here is very stable on these latitudes, wind direction and strength is variable. So there always will 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. We have quite some time for this trip, maybe while looking for the trade winds we will come so close to Cape Verde we will make a short stop there. Or, if we cross quickly we can visit Barbados before we sail the last miles to Martinique.

General
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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LIFE ON BOARD
The ship 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.

She is nevertheless furnished comfortably and supplied with all modern conveniences. All cabins are fitted with a washbasin with hot and cold running water with separate shared showers.

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 ship 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 vessel 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 crewmembers are highly experienced ocean going sailors, which often sail with this ship. 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.

WHAT SHOULD YOU TAKE WITH YOU
Every berth is supplied with a duvet and sheets. Sleeping bags are therefore not required. A small rucksack or bag is convenient during walks. Suitcases take up a great deal of space in the cabin; it’s better to carry your luggage in bags. On deck we recommend shoes with somewhat rough and by preference soft soles. On land we advise firm, waterproof walking boots. Other practical items are your health insurance papers and of course a valid passport.

Other items to be considered are:

  • Binoculars, not only for watching birds, dolphins and whales, but also for looking at the coast.
  • Sunglasses and suntan oil
  • Warm and waterproof and windproof clothing. A number of thin layers of clothing provide better protection against the cold than one thick layer. Ashore less heavy clothing than a sailing suit is recommended.
  • Boots. When stepping out of the dinghy to reach the shore you will regularly step in water up to your ankles. Simple rubber boots with warm socks will give the necessary protection.
  • Photographic equipment or video camera

SEA SICKNESS
The wind pressure in the sails results in a sailing ship lying much steadier in the water than a motorized ship. Almost everybody becomes used to the movement of the ship within one day. Should you however be apprehensive of difficulties during the crossings you can stick special plasters behind your ears, or take seasickness pills.
The shipping company provides optimal safety for all guests, but that does not relieve you of your own responsibilities. On a moving ship accidents can happen easily and when you are dependant on medicines, it can have serious effects when you are seasick. Furthermore, medical care is not directly available out at sea, so if your mental or physical health is not optimal you will be at extra risk during a sea voyage. For instance (but not limited to), if you are a bad walker, have diabetes, a heart- or vascular decease or epilepsy, if you use blood thinners or medicines that make you less alert and in any doubt, we urgently ask you to gather information from your doctor. On the booking form you have to fill in any medical information that might be of importance onboard.

CONTACT WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS
Family and friends at home can follow the ships news and progress via our website. In case of an emergency the ship can be reached directly by Iridium satellite telephone. However this services is rather costly.
It is best to contact the shipping office. We can contact the vessel via the Satcom.

INSURANCES
The vessel is insured for possible legal liability caused during your stay onboard. However, it does not cover any damage sustained on your transfer to and from the ship or during trips ashore. You are required to have suitable health, travel and cancellation insurance and specialist policies are available for offshore tallship sailing.

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. Additional drinks etc. 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: 22nd January – 15th February 2016

Price:

  • two person cabin: 2,200 EUR per person including meals
  • four person cabin: 1,950 EUR per person including meals

Start point: Tenerife, Canary Islands

End point: Martinique, Caribbean (French)

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 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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