Experience life at sea on this Atlantic sailing crossing from Netherlands to Uruguay's Montevideo via Tenerife 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.
This ocean crossing is due to start in Scheveningen sailing to Montevideo. A stop in Tenerife may be made available later but this is to be decided by the crew office still.
This voyage combines great sailing conditions and rougher seas with days with light winds. The ultimate voyage for those who are ready to make the transition from pollywog to shellback, who are looking to really get off the grid for two months, and who want to experience what it would have been like to cross that same ocean hundreds of years ago.
- 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
Once you reach the Canary Islands and set sail across the Atlantic prepare yourself for tropical climates and tons of sunshine.
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.
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.
Dates: 22nd August – 25 October, 65 days
Fare: p.p. 4/6 persons cabin €6370. Fare p.p. 2 persons cabin € 7345
Why you'll 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!
22 August 2021
25 October 2021
Setting off from the Netherlands with a possible stop in Tenerife in the Spanish Canary Islands you’ll travel through the main weather systems of the world and over the equator to South America.
- All meals on board plus tea, coffee and water
- Sailing instruction from the ship’s crew
- Bedding and towels
The price excludes the transfer to and from the ship, travel insurance, cancellation insurance, airport formalities and drinks from the bar on board.
Note: sailors with a nationality that is visa required for a visit of Brazil will be asked to arrange a visa. Whilst a stop in Brazil is not part of the planned itinerary, this country is part of our plan B/C should our initial plans need change.
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 two 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.
Who is this trip for?
- All ages over 18 (request full details for sailors 65 and 70 years+)
- All nationalities (main language spoken on the ship is English)
- All levels of sailing experience from complete novices to experienced sailors
No experience needed
Everyone is welcome to take the helm, set sails, assist with manoeuvres, navigation, weather observations, furling the sails on the yards and much more. The permanent crew will give lectures and instruct you during the voyage in steering, navigation and line handling. This will be done in a “Dutch” style, so without yelling, blowing whistles and so on.
Sailing experience is not necessary. Instructions will be given in watch responsibilities, basic sail theory, line handling, steering and navigation.
This combination voyage is a perfect chance to truly experience life at sea. The days are filled with assisting in sailing, helping with all kinds of maintenance activities, sailing training, lectures on (celestial) navigation, ocean winds and currents. During nightwatch, there is more than enough time to stargaze. Clear skies with the most magnificent starry nights occur. The sky of the northern hemisphere is losing terrain, with Big Bear and Polaris slowly sinking below the horizon.
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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