Two weeks of sailing, training and exploring from Madeira to Morocco
Join this incredible sailing adventure from the Portuguese island of Madeira to North Africa & Europe’s most southerly shores
Two weeks of sailing, training and exploring. Starting on the south eastern shores of Madeira, you will do some training, skills and drills, exploring the southern shores of Madeira, maybe the island of Porto Santo and the stunning Islas de Deserthas.
Starting from the westerly most point of the island, you then head out onto the open ocean for 600nm of exhilarating open ocean sailing to the Moroccan port of Tangier.
You will be able to explore this fascinating north African city with its bustling souks and medina before sailing to the fascinating town of Gibraltar.
(This is a Yachtmaster Ocean qualifying passage for watch leaders).
NO PREVIOUS SAILING EXPERIENCE REQUIRED. FULL TUITION GIVEN.
Why you'll love this adventure
- Perfect for solo travellers, couples or friends
- Spot whales and dolphins and try celestial navigation
- Learn from experienced sailing instructors
5 December 2022
16 December 2022
What makes ocean sailing so special is that there can be no fixed itinerary; the wind and the weather ultimately shape what’s possible each day but everything is very flexible within that.
- Top quality foul weather clothing to keep you dry in any conditions.
- Fladen immersion suits. These will keep you warm in even the coldest, windiest conditions.
- Ocean-spec lifejackets. These are the best on the market.
- All on-board food and snacks.
- Daily sailing lessons and tuition from two highly experienced instructors.
- RYA sailing qualifications where applicable.
- Your travel to and from the start and end points
- Travel insurance (see our travel insurance page here)
- Any alcohol – but feel free to bring your own or buy some along the route
- Any meals you eat ashore
The yacht itself is an expedition yacht that was previously a round the world race boat. The accommodation on the yacht is comfortable, warm and spacious. Each bunk is 6′ 7″ long and has its own USB charger and light. Sleeping is in one 8 berth cabin. There are two toilets, a shower, hot water and lots of food!
We eat very well on board and we will take as much fresh fruit and veg as we can. Ocean sailing is an exercise in using food creatively but you can expert lovely warm meals, as much as you can eat, freshly baked bread and more. We can cater for most diets and have loads of veggies on board. If you have any severe allergies you must check with us before booking.
Who is this trip for?
- Mainly coastal sailing, stopping in a new place every day.
- Full crew involvement and training
- 90% join solo
- 50:50 male and female
- All ages welcome
- A mix of beginners and some experience
AGE & EXPERIENCE
These adventure sailing holidays are open to anyone aged 18 – 70 years. No previous sailing experience is required for this route.
FITNESS TO SAIL
We believe that as many people as possible should be able to head out to sea and have a great adventure. However, it is essential for everyone’s safety that you are in a fit enough state to be on board.
Ability to complete the five exercises is a pre-requisite for joining as a crew member.
Be able to lift 2 full bags of shopping five times, ten jumps with raised arms, stand on each leg for a minimum of five seconds, ten squats, ten step ups.
The exercises are not designed to be physically taxing and almost everyone should be able to complete them. Rather they are in place to check that you have the stability and basic physical condition to be on-board. If when you join the vessel the skipper believes you are not capable of completing these exercises, you will probably not be allowed to embark.
If you have any doubts at all about your ability to complete these exercises safely, you must contact your doctor before attempting them.
Four weeks before your trip start date, you will be sent final joining instructions by the operator. At this time you will be asked to complete the operator’s medical declaration.
At the time of booking, it is your responsibility to be sure that you will be able to pass all the criteria at the start date of your trip. If you cannot pass the criteria you will probably be refused permission to board.
OPTIONAL OCEAN THEORY TRAINING DAY
This is an entirely optional day prior to the start of the trip where we train you in the navigational and passage planning skills needed for an ocean passage.
If you wish to attend the Ocean Theory Training Day (please ensure you add the module to your basket), you will need to join the boat at 1000hrs the day before the main start date. You will be allowed to stay on the boat that night
To be a watch leader on a Rubicon 3 ocean passage, we require you to have sufficient skills and experience to be able to approach the role meaningfully. This means you should have a minimum of RYA Coastal Skipper practical and theory or equivalent skills and experience. We accept international equivalents. After booking, you will be asked to provide evidence of your qualifications.
On arrival, we will ask you to complete a short theory test to ensure that you are at the required level. If you are able to complete RYA Yachtmaster Coastal theory questions, you will be fine. If you are not at the required standard, we will downgrade you to a standard crew member.
There are only 3 watch leader places available on each yacht.
You must attend the ‘Ocean Training Theory Day’ to be watch leader
Do I need sailing experience?
No all training is provided and all abilities are welcome.
Do people come alone?
Almost everyone comes alone. Couples and groups are very welcome and we do get them. On the whole, however, most crew join solo and so if you are coming alone, you will be one of the crowd!
How many people are on board?
Except in exceptional circumstances, we limit the crew size to 9 plus two instructors. This means that there are enough people to sale the boat safely, but you will still have lots of time helming, navigating, trimming sails and such like.
Is this a sailing holiday?
Absolutely. First and foremost, we are here to ensure everyone has an amazing time. Sailing is about having fun, experiencing nature at its most majestic and gently pushing yourself to try and learn new things. These voyages are a unique mix of sailing and training, and you will get far more involvement and training than on any other sailing holiday you may try!
Who else joins?
We have a remarkably similar group of people who join all our trips. They come from all around the world, are an even mix of men and women and with an average age of 35-65. As we said above, most come alone and experience varies from none at all to Yachtmaster. Most of the crew would describe themselves as having a rusty Day Skipper.
What insurance do I need?
All crew must have adequate travel insurance in place for your sailing holiday.
Please make an enquiry for this trip in order to get full details on insurance.
CO-VID 19 If I get Covid-19 prior to joining, will I be able to join the yacht?
As details regarding Covid-19 are changing so rapidly you should request full details for the trip which will include the operator’s policy on Covid-19.
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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