A blue water sailing adventure from Europe to Africa's Cape Verde Islands on board a beautiful tall ship where you are the crew!
You’ll leave an autumnal Rotterdam to head for your sunny destination: Cape Verde.
This long voyage offers you the opportunity to experience the true life of a sailor. You will be part of the crew and will participate in the watches. The plan is to make as few stops as possible during this ocean sailing adventure so it’s designed for ocean sailors looking for a blue water experience rather than explorers looking to use the vessel as a base camp for land adventures (the Cape Verde islands trip may be better to check out if that’s your cup of tea!). Home will be on board of a three-masted topsail schooner for three and a half weeks. A voyage of 2500 miles lies ahead. A true epic.
Why you'll love this adventure
- Great ocean miles maker
- Learn the ropes or practice your skills on board a traditional tall ship
- Sail towards winter sun as fast as you can!
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Palmeira, Sal, Cape Verde
Sailing, Tall Ship
Style of Travel
Guided Group, Solo Traveller
Sailing with a large and genuine sailing ship is a very special experience. Account has to be taken of the changes in 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.
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.
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 will explain and teach you everything you need to know.
There is 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. All the cabins are fitted with a washbasin with hot and cold running water and there are separate sets of showers. In the spacious and stylishly appointed salon there are reading tables, seating areas and a piano.
Life on board is made even better by delicious meals prepared by a professional chef to fuel you up for a day’s sailing.
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