Sal (Cabo Verde) – Horta (Azores) – Rotterdam (NL)
EMBARKATION DAY 29/03 AT 17:00H
DISEMBARKATION DAY 27/04 AT 09:00H
From Sal airport, you will travel to Palmeira, where the OOSTERSCHELDE will be waiting for you at anchor in the harbour. The crew will welcome you on board and show you to your cabin. This long voyage offers you the opportunity to experience the real life of a sailor. You will be part of the crew and take part in the watches. Before leaving, the crew will give you extensive instructions. We have an ocean crossing ahead of us, so we will not make many stops. During the first leg of the voyage we will be under the influence of the trade wind. That means good weather, but also a steady wind from the north-east. We will try to sail upwind, as far north as possible.
We will stay here for a day to replenish our supplies. Of course, we will take the opportunity to see the island. After this stop we will continue our journey to Rotterdam. We are already out of traffic. It is still very early in the spring, so there is a possibility that we will have to face worse weather conditions on this route. Fortunately, in such cases the wind direction is usually from the west and therefore favourable for us. Near the Azores there is a good chance of seeing whales, but also further on in the journey we are not alone. We see more and more boats and even this far out at sea there are birds all around us. Occasionally we see an angelfish, dolphins or other sea creatures.
As we approach the English Channel, the deep blue waters of the Atlantic change colour to green. The continental shelf begins. Here the seabed rises steeply from a depth of 5 kilometres to 200 metres. Hundreds of seabirds and fishing boats dot these nutrient-rich waters.
If the trip goes well, we will certainly have time for a stop or two in an English or French port or on one of the Channel Islands. In mid-April we will sail through the Calais Passage into the North Sea for the last few miles to Rotterdam, where we will arrive on 26 April. Disembark at the Leuvehaven in Rotterdam on 27 April at 9am.
These voyages are only suitable for fit and experienced sea travellers. During a long voyage or crossing, there is little chance of entering a port and medical assistance is not available within 24 hours.
OOSTERSCHELDE wants to be accessible to the widest possible public, but you should be aware that you are making a voyage on board a sailing yacht. This demands more of your physical capacity than a daily walk. One trip is more demanding than another. With the different levels we provide an indication of what kind of trip it is. If you are unsure whether a trip is suitable for you, it is important that you contact Tall Ship Experience for advice.
- A small backpack that does not take up too much space in the cabin.
- On deck we recommend shoes with slightly rough and preferably soft soles.
- On land we recommend firm, waterproof hiking boots.
- Valid passport
- Sunglasses and sun cream
- Binoculars for spotting all kinds of water creatures.
- Waterproof clothing
- Camera and video camera to remember your trip forever!
Availability: Only 4 places are available
The three-masted schooner “Oosterschelde” was built in 1918 as a sailing cargo ship. The ship plied European waters
European waters and was frequently seen off the coasts of Morocco and the Mediterranean. In 1930, heavier and more modern diesel engines were installed and the rigging was reduced. From 1939 onwards, the ship sailed under a foreign flag and in 1950 underwent a drastic conversion into a modern coastal vessel. In 1988, the “Oosterschelde” was returned to the Netherlands. The Rotterdam Sailing Ships Foundation took over the fundraising necessary to finance the restoration of the ship to its original condition.
The “Oosterschelde” is now the only remaining representative of a large fleet of schooners that sailed under the Dutch flag at the beginning of the last century. It is registered as a monument by the Dutch Ministry of Culture. The “Oosterschelde” is autonomous and is used in domestic and foreign ports for presentation and promotion activities. domestic and foreign ports for presentation activities and by companies and other organisations. In 1998, the “Oosterschelde” completed a one and a half year voyage around the world. The ship sailed to Antarctica, the Falklands and South Georgia.
Map of the journey
What is included
- Necessary basic training and workshops
- Bunk bed with sheets and towel.
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner corresponding to the sailing.
What it does not include
- Transportation to and from the boat is at the expense of each person.
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