Think hands-on sailing where the professional crew teach you all you need to know, winter sun, remote island exploring and a chance to discover the incredible Cape Verde islands on a traditional tall ship
Discover the archipelago of Cape Verde. This beautiful Tall Ship stays 3 months in this Archipelago and makes several 11-day cruises on which you can book individually. The voyages offer a mix of active, but comfortable sailing and exploring at least six islands. Each day of sailing will be followed by a full day on the island of destination. At night you’ll stay at anchor and on most islands an excursion with local guides will be organized. Sunscreen and shades are a must when sailing in Cape Verde! Hooray for winter sun.
Cape 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.
This is hands-on tall ship sailing, winter sun, wildlife and exploration at its best.
Why We Love This Adventure
- Hands on sailing experience that's perfect for experienced and beginner sailors alike
- Discover at least 6 islands in this remote island group off the coast of West Africa
- Perfect mix of adventure and winter sun
The islands of Cape Verde are situated in the Atlantic Ocean, over 600 kilometres west of Senegal at approximately 16 degrees North.
Cape Verde consists of 9 inhabited and a few uninhabited islands. The official language is still Portuguese, however most inhabitants speak Creole and sometimes some English or French. Cape Verde has approximately 450.000 inhabitants, a mixture of African ancestries and Portuguese, French and Italian descent.
A voyage to Cape Verde is a voyage to Africa. On this voyage we are able to see the most idyllic spots on these tropical islands, but we will also be confronted with the poverty of most of the population.
These voyages offer a good mix between active sailing and discovering a unique country. Every day (and sometimes night) of sailing, will be followed by a full day on an island. The landing places are carefully selected and in most cases there is an organised excursion ashore to give you a good impression of the island. Participating in the excursions is not mandatory; you can also explore the island on your own. The costs for the excursions are low and will be charged at the end of the voyage.
Sailing on a Tall Ship
Sailing with a large and genuine sailing ship is a special expe- rience. Account has to be taken of the vagaries of weather at all times. Conditions at sea are never constant. The sea between the islands is extremely suitable for sailing. There is a permanent wind (NE trade wind, force 4 up to 7 Bft) and this beautiful Tall Ship is in her element on the long ocean swell. There are very little other ships on the water, except for a fisherman boat every now and then. On board you are not a passenger but a part of the guest crew. You will be assigned together with the crew to sail, steer and navigate the ship. You will also be instructed on how you and the other guests can participate in the life onboard and in case of an emergency. Sailing experience is not required for this. The crew will be happy to explain the functions of all the ropes, halyards and sheets to you.
PricePrice 2-person cabin: € 1875 per person | Price 4-person cabin: € 1650 per person
- Coffee, tea and water
What's Not included
- Flight tickets
- Excursions (± €145 p.p. if you join every excursion)
- Soft drinks
- Alcoholic drinks
Trip Duration11 days
Start LocationPalmeira, Sal, Cape Verde
End LocationPalmeira, Sal, Cape Verde
Average Group Size24
This Trip is Suitable For
Adventure seekers looking for an exploratory hands on sailing adventure that includes land based discovery and epic tall ship sail training – experience not necessary but passion for adventure a must.
Dates & Availability
- 12 Mar 2018 – 23 Mar 2019
- 24 Mar 2019 – 04 Apr 2019
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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