Adventure sailing from Cape Town to the Azores

Duration: 54 days
From: £3,850.00

Adventure sailing from Cape Town to the Azores on a remarkable voyage of 54 days and over 5,000 nautical miles.

Adventure sailing from Cape Town to the Azores on a family run traditional tall ship is true ocean expedition. Cross the equator, visit St Helena and Ascension Island and finish on the beautiful island group of the Azores.

There is nothing quite like arriving at a new destination, ship under sail with no engines, and just the splashing of water and the wind in your hair.

Adventure sailing from Cape Town to the Azores

You’ll join a four-person professional crew and set sail with up to 12 others to see more of the world. No sailing experience is needed and while on the open ocean, your crew will teach you about sailing a traditional sailing vessel. You will work as a team to cover watches, learn steering, and how to manage sails. The traditional S turn will be used so that the ship is always sailing with the wind from the South Atlantic maximising the time under sail.

It isn’t always work, there is time to relax and enjoy just watching the ever-changing sky and sea. The crew has also been known to take a dip in the ocean to keep cool while sailing. You’ll come to love life a sea, the work and the relaxation.

The final destination is the island of Faial. This is the place you want to be if you’re a sailor who has just crossed the ocean. There is a local pub where most of the sailors gather on their way in or out. It’s a true cultural experience and you’ll enjoy swapping stories over a pint.

If you’re up for this epic adventure, enquire now to reserve your spot.

Why you'll love this adventure

  • Sail across the equator
  • You are the crew- take the helm, set the sails and navigate across the ocean
  • Join a beautiful, traditional, family-run tall ship
Cape Town, South Africa
Faial, Horta Azores
Trip Duration
54 Days
Group Size
Private Departure
Culture, Sailing, Tall Ship
Style of Travel
Guided Group, Solo Traveller




3 April 2020


26 May 2020


Setting sail from Cape Town, you will sail the Atlantic ocean across the equator to the beautiful islands of the Azores. The route the ship will follow is a sailing route, following the Benguela current into the South Equatorial Current taking the North East wind into a patch of variable winds until the Gulfstream and the West winds set the ship in the direction of the Azores. A big S turn that seems the long way, but is an amazing sailing route!

What's included

  • Full pension
  • One bunk per booking in a two person room
  • Coffee and tea
  • Blanket, sheets, pillow and covers
  • 3-4 crew members guiding the group
  • Soda and alcoholic drinks (during sailing no alcohol will be served)
  • Towels
  • Paid excursions ashore
  • Transfer to and from the vessel
  • Visa if needed
  • You can not wash clothes on board

Trip notes


There are 6 cabins, each for 2 persons. The cabins are situated in the middle of the ship, which makes them as stable as possible.

Your bunk is inside one of the two person cabins. Your bed will be either the high or the lower bed of a bedbunk. All beds are over 80cm wide and 2 meters long. Each bed has a reading light for the evening hours.

The cabins are ensuite. In a wet cell you will find a shower, of course with hot and cold water, and a toilet, that when possible flushes with outside water. In the cabin itself you will find a fountain and mirror. Your clothing can be stored in closet and your bag or suitcase can be stored under the bed.

No sailing experience needed, all instruction given on board by the crew to enable you to take part in all aspects of sailing the ship.

How to travel

Cape Town has its own airport from which you can travel easily to the center of town, which is connected to the Waterfront. Here you will wind the ship. On the Azores the ship will finish her voyage on Faial, Horta. There is an airport at approximately 30 minutes drive by taxi or bus.

Tour operator

An old Herring drifter (Logger) built in 1915, the ship is 28 meters long over deck (38 meters overall) and takes 16 trainees on her voyages. No previous sailing experience is needed and experienced and new sailors love her equally.

A family of four professional sailors have owned and run this vessel since 2006 and sail her with true passion. Built for the North Sea she’s a fast sailor and her rigging is as traditional as it gets.

We love that the boat’s appearance is kept as traditional as possible yet combined with modern techniques and equipment. Everyone on board is part of the informal sail training program that is designed to get the best out of everyone whether you join for 2 days or a longer ocean crossing.

Hello! If you’d like to chat about finding you the perfect adventure or guidance on what’d suit you then we’re very happy to help. Tori & Larissa 0207 097 1734 •

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