Sail Spain to Madeira for beautiful scenery, fantastic tuition and an Atlantic crossing
Jump aboard a 60′ expedition yacht for two weeks of high adventure as you sail between the beautiful Galician coast of NW Spain, just south of the Bay of Biscay, and the Portuguese island of Madeira, with its subtropical climate, flower-filled landscapes, emerald canyons and sparkling waterfalls – living up to its name as the pearl of the Atlantic.
If you’ve ever wanted to know what it’s like to be charging through the ocean waves on a yacht, hundreds of miles from shore, with blue skies above and dolphins playing in your wake, then this is the passage for you.
This is a two-week holiday sailing, training and exploring between the beautiful Rias of NW Spain, and the archipelago that is Madeira. As well as exploring the main island, we should also get to see the lovely island of Porto Santo and the magical Islas de Desrtas. In between, you will have a full 5 days (700nm) of exhilarating open ocean sailing.
From there, and via a day or so in the stunning islands that form a national park, we head out into the Atlantic Ocean for nearly 700nm of wild, wonderful and exciting ocean sailing.
Experience life at sea under the expert tutelage of leading instructors as we sail through the days and nights, experiencing magnificent starscapes and sunsets. Sail Spain to Madeira, learn a host of skills and make memories and new friends to last a lifetime.
Why you'll love this adventure
- Perfect for solo travellers
- Take part in a 24 hour watch system as you cross the Atlantic Ocean
- Expert professionals tuition will ensure you get the most from your voyage
16 May 2022
27 May 2022
6 March 2023
17 March 2023
14 August 2023
25 August 2023
This is a typical itinerary. What makes this type of sailing adventure so special however is that there can be no fixed itinerary and no part of this is guaranteed. 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?
These adventure sailing holidays are open to everyone aged 18 years and over. If you are aged 70 or over, or have any concerns about your health, we ask that you get a doctor’s note before booking. This is just to make as certain as possible that you will be okay out on the water.
NO PREVIOUS SAILING EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED
Sail Spain to Madeira 2020 Dates!
Please note the price of the 2020 dates are different:
February 09-23 2020 (£2,099) Crew
February 09-23 2020 (£2,249) Watch Leader
To be a watch leader , 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. 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.
WATCH LEADER TRAINING DAY
On booking, you will receive a copy of the Watch Leader’s training manual. This is an invaluable resource and you should try to read as much of it as you can before joining.
You should arrive at the boat the day before the advertised start time, being ready to start studying at 1000 hrs. You will spend a full day learning about passage planning, the yacht and helping prepare the yacht. You will be able to stay on the boat that night
There is an additional fee of £150 to cover these extra training costs.
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.
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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