Atlantic Sailing Crossing - Tenerife to Montevideo_AWA

Sail Across the Atlantic Ocean – Tenerife to Montevideo

Duration: 44 days
From: £3,575.00

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.

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.

This voyage is part of a series from Seville, Spain to Punta Arenas, Chile following in the epic footsteps of explorer Ferdinand Magellan.

For the details of the other voyage leg combinations available follow the links below to the specific trip pages or complete an enquiry form letting us know which one you’d like to join or how much time you’ve got:

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!
Tenerife, Spain
Montevideo, Uruguay
Trip Duration
44 Days
Group Size
Private Departure
Sailing, Tall Ship
Style of Travel
Guided Group




2 October 2019


14 November 2019


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 there still is enough time to relax and enjoy.

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What's included

  • 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.

Trip notes

Sail Leg 1 from Tenerife to Cabo Verde Price: 1,190 EUR (2 person cabin reserved for couples travelling together) 1,390 EUR (4-6 berth cabin). Sail from Cabo Verde to Montevideo, Uruguay Price: 2,890 EUR (2 person cabin reserved for couples travelling together) 3,700 EUR (4-6 berth cabin) COMBINATION VOYAGE (BOTH LEGS) € 4890 EUROS pp in 2 person cabin (reserved for 2 people travelling together) / € 3910 EUROS pp in 4/5 person cabin

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).

Dietary requirements

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.

  • 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

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.

Tenerife, Canary Islands

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.

Sal, Cabo Verde

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.

Montevideo, Uruguay

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.

Discounted fare available if you join both voyage legs
Sail Leg 1 from Tenerife to Cabo Verde
Price: 1,190 EUR (2 person cabin reserved for couples travelling together)  / 1,390 EUR (4/5 berth cabin).
Sail leg 2 from Cabo Verde to Montevideo, Uruguay
Price: 2,890 EUR (2 person cabin reserved for couples travelling together) /  3,700 EUR (4/5 berth cabin)
COMBINATION VOYAGE (Tenerife – Montevideo)
Price:  € 4890 EUROS pp in 2 person cabin (reserved for 2 people travelling together) / € 3910 EUROS pp in 4/5 person cabin
The Magellan Voyages 
This voyage is part of a series of voyages by the ship to commemorate the voyage of Ferdinand Magellan. In 1519, Ferdinand Magellan departed from Sevilla for the first circumnavigation of the Earth.Set sail with the ship and celebrate the 500th year anniversary of this heroic adventure. Leaving from Sevilla, Spain in September 2019 sail south across the ocean and into the Strait of Magellan in Chile to arrive on December 12, 2019, in Punta Arenas. The ship will visit Puerto Williams and Cape Horn on the way to Antarctica. After visiting the white wilderness they will follow Magellans route again and sail the Pacific Ocean in early 2020.

Life on board

Onboard the ship we call our guests ‘voyage crew’. This means that the permanent crew will train you to be a sailor. Unlike going on a cruise, here you will be going on a hands-on, active sailing adventure. You will be divided into three watches; Red watch, Blue watch and White watch, named after the colors of the Dutch flag. You will be ‘on watch’ for four hours after which you have eight hours of free time.

During your four hours on watch there will be different tasks that will be divided between the members of your watch. There will always be two people on helm duty. You will together, maintain a steady course on the helm. The crew will explain how to steer the ship and what to look out for. During the watch there will also be two people on look-out duty at all times. On the bow of the ship, you will stand look-out. You spot ships, buoys, debris, and icebergs in the water then communicate this to the officer on watch. The rest of the watch members will be on deck duty. The permanent crew will give you sail training and you will assist in all sail handling. This involves setting- and taking away the sails by hauling- and easing lines, climbing the rigging to furl or unfurl the sails.

The crew will instruct you how to work on deck and you will learn how to trim the sails to the directing of the wind. During deck duty, there is also time to assist the crew with the maintenance of the ship. This way you will learn how to work with traditional tools and methods. Woodworking, sailmaking, celestial navigation, and traditional rope- and rigging work will all be apart of your sailing voyage. The captains and officers are easy to talk to and like to get involved in your sail training. They will explain traditional- as well as modern ways of navigation. They will organize and run you through safety drills and procedures.

During your eight hours ‘off watch’, there is time to rest and enjoy the scenery. You can read a book in the library or in the deckhouse. The bar will be open for a drink and a snack. The crew will be giving lectures on various subjects, from traditional sailors skills and knowledge to science and astronomy. During your time off watch, you can still assist the permanent crew and the voyage crew ‘on watch’ with sail handling and maintenance jobs. The galley team sometimes asks for a hand peeling potatoes or apples on deck so they can make yet another of their famous pies. In the deckhouse, there will be people playing games, reading books, listening to music, writing diaries and emails. Your off watch time is for you to fill in, you may do as little or as much as you would like. These hours are also for you to catch up on your sleep.

When you are setting sails, reading or working away on deck, in the galley they are always busy preparing meals to keep everyone well fed. Multiple course meals will be served three times a day with coffee and tea times in between, what ever the weather. In the evenings the crew prepares team challenges and pub quizzes to enjoy together with your watch mates.


For those who booked the combi trip from Tenerife to Montevideo, it is possible to stay on board during the stopover in Sal, Cabo Verde on a breakfast-only basis.

During the days between two legs the crew will take care of cabin cleaning, taking in new stores and will be busy with custom procedures and maintenance. The careful attention that the crew want to give to our voyage crew will therefore be limited during those days.

After breakfast all guests will therefore be brought to shore, which is a good opportunity to stretch those sea legs and explore the island. No lunch or dinner will be served and after dinner you will all be welcomed back on board!

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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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