A blue water sailing adventure from Europe to Africa's Cape Verde Islands on board a beautiful tall ship where you are the crew!
Leave an autumnal Rotterdam and head across the Atlantic to the sunny islands of Cape Verde on this 3 and a half week voyage on board a beautiful three-masted topsail schooner.
This long voyage of 2500 nautical miles offers you the opportunity to experience the true life of a sailor. You will be part of the crew, taking part in all aspects of tall ship sailing from setting the sails to navigating to taking the helm.
The plan is to make as few stops as possible during this ocean sailing adventure so it’s designed for those looking for a blue water experience with maximum time at sea.
No sailing experience is necessary as the ship’s professional crew will teach you all you need to know.
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
Expedition, Sailing, Tall Ship
Style of Travel
Guided Group, Solo Traveller
Via the North Sea we will sail in the direction of the English canal after which you will cross the Bay of Biscay. You'll make a stop in Vigo, on the Spanish coast just above Portugal. Here you can visit the city or enjoy an afternoon on a terrace. After this visit you'll will sail alongside the Portuguese coast heading south. Gradually the temperature will go up. Once you pass the South Cape of Portugal, Cabo São Vincente, expect good weather and favourable winds in the direction of the Canary Islands. The plan is to make a stop here and prepare yourselves for the final part of the voyage to Cape Verde. This last part is far enough to the south that the temperature will be very nice and we hope to cover the final 700 miles at a quick rate. It is possible that you'll arrive sooner, but the crew hope to drop anchor in the bay of Santa Maria on the 20th December.
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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