Plymouth (UK) – Tenerife (ES)
EMBARKATION DAY 14/08 AT 17:00H
DISEMBARKATION DAY 26/08 AT 09:00H
From Plymouth (Great Britain), where Charles Darwin embarked on the HMS Beagle, we sail to Tenerife (Canary Islands). Plymouth is close to the confluence of the English Channel and the Bay of Biscay. Shortly after leaving the continental shelf, the water depth increases to 5 kilometres. This is an area of rich water and numerous seabirds mark this area. When the green coastal waters turn blue, we have reached the ocean!
The Bay of Biscay has a bad reputation, but it can be a fantastic area to sail, especially at this time of year. We always relieve ourselves at the helm and, of course, during the first part of this trip, sails will need to be hoisted or lowered regularly. When there are no sails to hoist, there is plenty to see for the people on watch, as these are the busiest waters in the world. All around you will see boats of all shapes and sizes. Many seabirds and other fish can also be seen. Dolphins, of course, but there is also a good chance of spotting a sunfish and, if we are lucky, a minke whale, a pilot whale or even sperm whales. A little further south, we may see the first flying fish.
Perhaps we will call at one of the Rías off the Spanish coast, just above Portugal. At the end of the summer, the “Portuguese north” is often found off the Portuguese coast. The wind and current are very favourable, and we sail close to the Portuguese coast, further south. Past Cabo São Vincente, the Portuguese North turns into the Canary Current, which gives us an extra “push” in the right direction. Here we can also expect good weather and favourable winds for the last 500 nautical miles to the Canary Islands.
We strongly recommend that you book a few days’ accommodation in the port of embarkation (before joining the Oosterschelde), and a few days in the port of disembarkation (once your place on the voyage has been taken). This will allow you to recuperate before and after your adventure and give you the opportunity to explore places at your departure and arrival points.
Level 2 treks are suitable for anyone with good health and a reasonable level of fitness, with no mobility problems. On these crossings, you can expect days with strong winds or high waves, but most of the time conditions will be good. There is not always a harbour nearby, so (medical) help from land is not always available.
OOSTERSCHELDE wants to be accessible to the widest possible audience, but you should be aware that you are making a trip on board a sailing yacht. This demands more of your physical abilities 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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