Sail the English channel and the coastlines of Spain and Portugal on this 16 day tall ship voyage from the sailing hub of Scheveningen to the stunning city of Seville, Spain.
Start this 16 day sailing voyage from the Netherlands to Spain in the Dutch sailing and surfing hub of Scheveningen. From there you and your fellow sailors will head for the English Channel, ultimately making your way to the Bay of Biscay and on to Sevilla. Spend two weeks learning all you can about sailing a square rigger through European waters. Climb the rigging and navigate while sailing along the English and French coasts. The cliffs and white sand beaches are a remarkable sight.
Your vessel is a tall ship built in 1911. Fully restored in 1994, she is a three mast rigged ship and now roams the sea bring aboard eclectic crews of both newbies and experienced sailors. There are 14 professional crew at all times and it is their job to make sure everything is operating smoothly and safely.
When you’re onboard, you’ll be known as the voyage crew. This is a hands-on active adventure that requires only your sense of adventure as a pre-requisite. You’ll take part in the watch rotation (there are three – the red, blue, and white watches, named after the colors on the Dutch flag), take part in deck duty, as well as have time to relax and take it all in.
Enquire today to save your spot on this sailing adventure from Scheveningen to Sevilla.
Why We Love This Adventure
- You are the crew! Set the sails, take the helm, go on look out.
- Climb the rigging for a great view while sailing the Bay of Biscay and the English and French coasts
- Make new friends on this hands on tall ship sailing voyage
Leaving Scheveningen, Netherlands
A busy harbour, Scheveningen has in the last couple of years increasingly become a hub for both sailors and surfers. With its long white beach and quiet sand dunes, and the bustling and international city of The Hague right next door, this location offers something for everyone.
Sailing European waters
Sailing the channel between England and France offers a diverse sight. The coast is visible at times and the white beaches and cliffs are a rare treat seen from the sea.
At night when you stand look-out, you must be sharp because the Channel is a very busy stretch of water, in fact, it is the busiest shipping areas in the world. Be Prepared to see ships of every size and shape. Their lights are visible from a distance and on look-out, you will help the officers on watch to navigate these waters safely. Sometimes the lights from other ships blend in with the many lights on land and this, together with the Northern stars and glowing phosphorescence in the water creates a magical light show at sea.
Exiting the English channel you will sail past île Ouessant, this island marks the north-westernmost point of France and officially lies in the Celtic Sea. The winds and currents around this headland can be challenging and this will be the perfect opportunity to practice all you’ve learned the past days. Sail handling in this area sometimes requires the complete crew on watch. Stand by the bunt- and clewlines and be ready to shorten sail!
From here you will sail towards the infamous Bay of Biscay. After sailing the channel you will find your surroundings will start to become quieter and the feeling of being truly out at sea will settle in. By this time you will be used to the routine on board and there will be time to help the permanent crew with traditional maintenance tasks and navigation. Working with leather, wood, metal, sailcloth, sextant, sea charts and all that is necessary and useful on board a traditional sailing vessel. During the day lectures will be held about the aspects of navigation, sail theory, maritime biology and many more.
The Bay of Biscay has made a name for itself throughout history for its temperamental weather conditions. Parts of the continental shelf extend far into the bay, resulting in fairly shallow waters in many areas and thus the rough seas for which the region is known. On this voyage, we will not sail into the Bay of Biscay but pass it on our way south although some rough seas can be expected sailing in this region.
Passing North-west Spain and sailing further south where Spain borders with Portugal. This coastline is an impressive sight and if the weather allows, this area is worth a visit. Nature, history, food, culture and the people in this region are wonderful and you will want to return to the small coastal villages and port cities full of color again.
The waters will become warmer and the wind will fill the sails of the ship when you steer South East towards Sevilla. Maybe the warmth of these waters shared with the many dolphins will be experienced in full when we stop for an Atlantic Ocean swim. Although those dolphins and that lonely wale can be spotted best from the mast while unfurling the T’Gallants.
Arriving in Sevilla, Spain
Sevilla is a historic city situated on the plain of the river Guadalquivir. Seville is approximately 2,200 years old. The passage of the various civilizations has left the city with a distinct personality, and a large and well-preserved historical center. Its Old Town contains three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Alcázar palace complex, the Cathedral and the General Archive of the Indies.
Sevilla is also the hottest major metropolitan area in Southwestern Europe, with summer average high temperatures of above 35 °C
In 1519, Ferdinand Magellan departed from Sevilla for the first circumnavigation of the Earth.
The ship’s arrival in this city will mark the start of our voyages celebrating the 500th year anniversary of this heroic adventure.
To celebrate this historic moment of the first circumnavigation the ship will be visiting this beautiful city together with some of her sister Tall Ships. The harbor will be an impressive and unforgettable sight.
Wave Scheveningen goodbye and head for the English Channel. After leaving the harbour the crew will prepare you for the coming two weeks of sailing a traditional square rigger. You will learn the ropes, learn how the climb the rigging and how to keep a steady course on the helm.
After a good two weeks of sailing, you will arrive in Sevilla as a true weathered sailor with lots of newly acquired skills and memories to cherish.
You will disembark the ship in Sevilla in the morning of the 18th of September at 09.00H. The city is worth exploring. Booking a hotel for the night after disembarkation is highly advisable to give yourself time to see the sights and to be well rested for your trip home.
Price€1690 p.p. in a 4/6 person cabin, €1940,- p.p. in a 2 person cabin
Trip Duration16 days
Start LocationScheveningen, Netherlands
End LocationSeville, Spain
Many people who come on board struggle to believe the history of the hull of this classic three-master. This Special purpose sail training ship was built in 1911. In 1994 she was fully restored as a barque (three mast rigged ship) and now roams the seas of the world in the best seafaring tradition. With a professional crew of maximum 14 and a complement of 48 voyage crew members of different ages and nationalities, the ship is powered by canvas and co-operation. The crew makes sure the ship operates safely. The atmosphere on board reflects an adventurous maritime history. The traditional mahogany deckhouse, teakwood decks and floors as well as the beautiful interior with authentic early 20th century details provide a perfect ambiance for a fantastic voyage.
Food and Beverage
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 surprised by the variety 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!
On this ship, you have a choice between vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals. You can make your choice know on the booking form. If you are not sure if you are registered a vegetarian or wish to change your preference, please contact the office.
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 water bottle from home which you can use to (re)fill with water. We also have bottles available for you in our ships shop.
Extra drinks like soft drinks and beer and wine can be ordered at the bar. You will pay your bar bill at the end of the voyage (in cash).
Food allergy or vegetarian
If you are vegetarian or suffer from a food allergy please let us know on the booking form. The cooks on board are very creative and serve a broad variety of menu’s. However due to the size of the galley, the possibilities are a bit limited. Beside non-restricted meals it is also possible to request a vegetarian meal.
If you suffer from a food allergy, please let us know as soon as possible and we will deliberate with our cooks to see what the possibilities are.
Almost everything is possible however our galley has its limits: we cannot offer a menu for vegans.
Keep in mind several ingredients are used in the galley like nuts and gluten. If you allergic to this the cook will provide for separate dishes and menu’s. However on board and in the galley these ingredients are present.
This Trip is Suitable For
No sailing 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. Also, you will find no uniforms on the ship. Crossing the ocean properly with a square rigger under sail is a team effort, so we appreciate every input from the voyage crew. Sailing experience is not necessary. Instructions will be given in watch responsibilities, basic sail theory, line handling, steering and navigation.
Dates & Availability
- 03 Sep 2019 – 18 Sep 2019
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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