Are you ready for the adventure of a lifetime? Join the crew of a traditional tall ship as she sails this transatlantic voyage south to north June- Aug 2023. Set sail from Cape Town, South Africa, cross the Atlantic Ocean and finish in the beautiful Azores.
An epic transatlantic voyage north crossing the equator from Cape Town to the Azores in summer 2023.
This will be a long ocean voyage to fully delve into the world of square-rigged tall ship sailing, spending weeks on board the ship, far away from civilization and internet connection. Expect to spend your days with sail training on the sunny main deck, on navigation lectures, on research projects and astronavigation and there will be plenty of time to help the crew with maintenance projects or just enjoy your calm surroundings.
After approximately two weeks at sea, suddenly a tall silhouette will appear on the horizon. The paradise-like island of Saint Helena is a tropical oasis in the middle of the Atlantic. Although we intend to visit the island on our voyage, we hope the COVID situation will allow us to do so.
After leaving Saint Helena you will spend around a week at sea before we reach the next stop on our journey, Ascension Island. Depending on the COVID situation, we hope to make a visit on the island. Right on time for the turtle hatching season!
Crossing the Atlantic
Most people cannot begin to imagine what it is like to cross an ocean under sail. Perhaps the idea seems daunting – spending weeks on board a ship, far away from civilization and internet connection, living and working with people you have never met before. It is precisely this though, that makes an ocean-crossing a life-changing experience. On board, people from all over the world, of different ages and with different life stories, come together and work as one team to keep the ship sailing. As you get into the routine of life at sea, you will be surprised at how quickly you forget about social media. And while the seas are not always smooth, the beauty of the ocean will never cease to take your breath away.
Learn to Sail
Of course, staring at the ocean or admiring a sky full of stars is only one part of your experience on board. From day one, the experienced permanent crew will also start to teach you all there is to know about square-rig sailing. A long voyage like this one gives you enough time to go beyond the basics of sail training, letting you in on all the tricks of the trade and giving you a deeper understanding of tall ship sailing.
Life at Sea
This voyage will of course involve plenty of days spent at sea. During these weeks, you and your watch mates will get a chance to really get used to the rhythm of life at sea, which includes standing watches of four hours on, eight hours off, day and night. When you are not busy with standing lookout and steering the ship, you will be given lectures in sail training, navigation, marine life and all other aspects of life at sea. In between, you can get involved in the maintenance and running of the ship, or sit back and read a book on the sunny poop deck. On days when the wind is light and we are barely moving forward under sail, it might be a good time to go for a dip in the tropical Atlantic waters. Jumping from the bowsprit and having a swim around the ship as she slowly bobs forward, with 3 Km of deep blue ocean under you, is a truly unforgettable experience.
Cape Town to Horta, Azores – 52 days
Embarkation: Cape Town, South Africa, 13 June 2023, 17.00 hrs
Disembarkation: Horta, Azores, 4 August 2023, 09:00 hrs
Fare 4/6 persons cabin € 5995 pp
Fare 2 persons cabin € 6995 pp
Fare youngsters (up to 30 years old, 30 not included) € 5670 pp
Why you'll love this adventure
- A real chance to experience life at sea and learn to sail
- Full digital detox! Truly switch off, there's no phone reception in the middle of the ocean
- Ultimate tall ship ocean voayage
On the 13th June 2023 the crew will embark on an epic ocean voyage from Cape Town to the Azores via St Helena and Ascension Island. arriving 52 days later! For full details please complete an enquiry form!
- All meals on board plus tea, coffee and water
- Sailing instruction from the ship’s crew
- Bedding and towels
- Travel to and from the ship
- Drinks from the bar
- Travel and medical insurance (specialist policy required)
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).
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 (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
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.
Transatlantic voyage – Cape Town > Azores
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