Experience life at sea on this Atlantic sailing crossing from Tenerife in the Canary Islands to Uruguay's Montevideo and learn to sail a 100 year old traditional tall ship.
Join the crew of an historic Dutch tall ship to sail across the Atlantic Ocean on a hands-on crossing that includes voyaging across the equator. Start the journey a landlubber and finish a salty shellback sailor. This is the stuff that dreams are made of.
Join in either Tenerife for a 44 day crossing or Cape Verde Islands for a 34 day crossing (see below for dates and prices).
- Learn to sail a 100 year old traditional tall ship
- Spot whales, inquisitive dolphins, and flying fish from on deck
- Take a dip in the middle of the ocean – with 3,500m of water below you
- Take the helm or climb the rigging as you work alongside the professional crew
- Help catch dinner for your talented on board cook to prepare
- Learn celestial navigation
- Participate in the infamous Neptune ceremony as you cross the equator
Prepare yourself for tropical climates and tons of sunshine. As you leave Tenerife in the Spanish Canary Islands, you’ll move through the main weather systems of the world.
The Atlantic sailing crossing begins with lovely temperatures and favourable winds, making your first days at sea nice and easy-going. The closer you get to the equator, the more the weather begins to alternate between light winds and calm. The sails must be regularly adjusted in order to make good progress and everyone works on board as a team to keep the ship sailing. You’ll experience the area known as The Doldrums, a belt of low pressure around the equator. This is where the two hemispheres converge and you can expect rainfall, thunderstorms, and squalls.
During the day, the sun is almost straight above your head, but at night you’ll discover a clear sky full of stars (not light pollution in the middle of the ocean!) – some of which, like the famous Southern Cross, you might be seeing for the first time.
Because it’s a hands-on adventure and the ship sails 24 hours a day, you’ll participate in the ‘watch’ system. You’ll be working 8 hours out of 24 alongside professional and experienced crew who will teach you everything you need to know. Watch tasks include keeping course by steering the helm, hoisting the sails, climbing the rigging, keeping watch on deck or helping out with ship maintenance. There is time for relaxation when you’re not on watch but no chance you’ll ever get bored. No experience is needed to join this voyage, but a positive and helpful attitude is a must.
Your sail across the Atlantic Ocean is non-stop once you depart the remote Cape Verde Islands. With no phone signal and only very limited email access this is the perfect opportunity to take a digital detox. Leave your day-to-day life behind and relax into the rhythm of life at sea. Many who have made this same crossing have called it a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Think big for your next adventure, set your sights on the far horizon, and enquire today.
Why We Love This Adventure
- A real chance to experience life at sea
- Full digital detox! Truly switch off, there's no phone reception in the middle of the ocean
- Learn new skills and become part of the ship's crew
- Perfect for those looking to build their sea miles!
An Atlantic sailing crossing voyaging a huge 4,990 nautical miles, from Tenerife in Europe’s Canary Islands to Montevideo in Uruguay via the African Cabo Verde islands.
Setting off from Tenerife in the Spanish Canary Islands you’ll travel through the main weather systems of the world and over the equator. The first days at sea will likely be easy-going with favourable winds and pleasant temperatures. Towards the equator you'll leave the trade wind-zone and enter an area with light winds and calms, continuously adjusting the sails to catch the variable winds and make some progress.
At night the sky is full with stars. Many of them you will never have seen before. The Southern Cross, for example, is now completely visible.
During this voyage you will have plenty of time to learn the skills on square rigged sailing and enjoy a real sailors life. Once the ship has left port you will be assigned to the watch system and you will sail and steer the ship, of course with some help of the crew. As this is quite a long voyage at sea the sail training aspect is a real part of this trip. But of course there still is enough time to relax and enjoy your time with
Tenerife to Cabo Verde
890 nautical miles
During this leg the ship leaves Europe behind and heads south to Africa. Departing Tenerife, expect good sailing weather with nice temperatures and maybe even blue water swimming. After about 9 days the Cape Verde islands come into sight.
Cabo Verde to Montevideo
4,100 nautical miles
After your stop in tropical Africa the ship turns to the West and sets sail to Montevideo, Uruguay. This true ocean crossing takes just over a month. Along the way you'll see fewer and fewer vessels around and when we do see one we try to contact the crew for a chat. During the night the ship continues her sail. Nothing is more spectacular than the starry sky at sea! Its a rare sight in our busy world with articifial lights. Another impressive mark during this voyage is the crossing of the Equator. When crossing this 'line' it is a ritual to honor king Neptune with an offer. In return the King himself will visit the ship and makes all pollywogs into hardened shellbacks.
PriceFull 44-day combination voyage: 3,450 EUR for a berth in a 4-6 person cabin. 4,230 EUR for a berth in a 2-person cabin (reserved for couples or those travelling together).
- All meals on board plus tea, coffee and water
- Sailing instruction from the ship’s crew
- Bedding and towels
What's Not included
- Travel to and from the ship
- Drinks from the bar
- Travel and medical insurance (specialist policy required)
Trip Duration44 days
Start LocationTenerife, Spain
End LocationMontevideo, Uruguay
Average Group Size30
The ship is ideal for ocean crossings and longer voyages, with various places for relaxing: library, lounge, poker corner and deckhouse. These different areas allow you to do your own thing. Perhaps some quiet reading or a more active role in the social life in the deckhouse.
In the aft of the ship you have the Library. This is usually the most quiet place of the ship so ideal to read a book or work on your own logbook. On tweendeck level you will find the Lounge. Breakfast is served here but this room also is used by the guides to have their lectures and show their movies. In the deckhouse you will find the ships bar and nice benches to meet your fellow crew.
There are four 2-person cabins, four 4-person cabins and four 6-person cabins. The classic bunks are very comfortable. Every bunk has its own sheet, duvet and covers. You do not have to bring your own sleeping bags. Towels will be provided too. All cabins are provided with ensuite shower and toilet.
At sea it is very important to eat and drink well. An experienced cook and cooks mate prepare excellent meals every day. You will be suprised by the variaty of dishes. The cook will often use local ingredients from the ports we visit. And if allowed a fresh caught fish will be on the menu as well.
The general meal times on board are:
- Breakfast: 07:00 – 09:00
- Lunch: 13:00
- Dinner: 19:00
- Coffee and tea: 10:00, 14:00, 16:00, 20:00
Baking of bread and cookies is done at night. At sea, midnight snacks are prepared, usually during the dog watch (24:00-04:00)
During the day there are fixed coffee and tea breaks (10h00, 14h00, 16h00 and 20h00). Of course coffee and tea is available to you all the time. Meals usually are served with dairy and juice. We recommend you to bring a waterbottle from home which you can use to (re)fill with water.
Extra drinks like softdrinks and beer and wine can be ordered at the bar. You will pay your barbill at the end of the voyage (in cash).
If you are vegetarian or suffer from a food allergy please let us know on the booking form. The cooks on board the ship are very creative and serve a broad variaty of menu’s. However due to the size of the galley, the possibilities are limited and for example, the ship is not able to cater for vegans. It is possible to request a vegetarian meal.
If you suffer from a food allergy, please let us know as soon as possible and the ship will discuss with the cooks to see what is possible.
Keep in mind several ingredients are used in the gally like nuts and gluten. If you allergic to this the cook will provide for seperate dishes and menu’s. However on board and in the galley these ingredients are present.
The ship was built in 1911 in Hamburg, put into service on the river Elbe, and later worked as a stand-by vessel. In 1986 the ship was brought to the Netherlands. Over a period of 8 years, she was completely rebuilt and rigged as a three-masted bark.
The rebuilding and conversion to a sailing vessel was carried out under the supervision of the Dutch Shipping Inspection, Bureau Veritas and Register Holland. She sails with worldwide certificates from each of these authorities and she complies with the highest requirements for sailing ships.
This Trip is Suitable For
- All ages over 18 (no upper age limit as long as you are fit & heathy)
- All nationalities (main language spoken on the ship is English)
- All levels of sailing experience from complete novices to experienced sailors
The Canary Islands are an archipelago of Spain located in the Atlantic Ocean. Tenerife is the largest and most popular island of the seven Canary Islands. On the island you can find the third highest volcano in the world; Teide volcano at 3,718 meters. A climb up the mountain will give you exceptional views over the island.
After our visit to the Canary Islands we leave the European continent behind and head south towards the African Cabo Verde islands. This will be our last stop before the ship turns her bow and heads west to Montevideo.
The islands of Cabo Verde are situated in the Atlantic Ocean, over 600 kilometers west of Senegal at approximately 16 degrees North. Cabo Verde consists of 9 inhabited and a few uninhabited islands.
Cabo Verde has a tropical climate. The sea temperature stays around 25 degrees Celsius and the often-strong trade winds originate from the northeast. It rarely rains and the bright sun shines constantly. On some days the fine dusty desert sand limits the sunlight (and even your sight). All islands are volcanic, but at the same time the terrain varies widely. The landscape consists of steep terrace fields with bananas and coffee plantations, sand deserts, black volcano’s and a fierce deep blue ocean. On some of the islands rare seabirds can be found. The waters are full of fly-fish, tuna, sea turtles and whales.
After just over a month at sea it is high time to stretch those sea legs on shore. After a voyage full of adventures with doldrums, swimming, lunch on deck, nice sailing and climbing the rigging the ship arrives at Montevideo.
Montevideo is the capital and largest city of Uruguay and located along the estuary of Rio de la Plata, which is around 200 km wide at the location of the city. Along this estuary, you can also find world’s longest sidewalk, 13,7 km long! The natural bay on which the city is located is situated in such a way that also for road transport Montevideo is an important stop between Buenos Aires and Porto Alegre in Brazil. One of the most popular places in the city is the Mercado del Puerto, the old harbor market in the Ciudad Vieja, where a lot of bars and restaurants are located.
Dates & Availability
- 29 Sep 2018 – 11 Nov 2018
Originally built in 1910, this beautifully restored Dutch tall ship has been crossing oceans and seas on a regular basis since 2000 and has a reputation of a ship that really sails.
Following the favourable winds of traditional sailing routes has brought her to all the continents sailing both the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Ocean, thus earning her nick name ‘ocean wanderer’.
Crew and guests join the ship from all over the world and all ages. As a sail training vessel, everyone on board is assigned to the watch system to help sail the ship - navigating, taking the helm and handling the sails. Sailing experience is not required just a desire to sail to new horizons and experience all aspects of a sailor’s life on board: The wind, the sea, new friends and adventure.
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