- 1500 miles of blue water sailing
- Hands-on sailing experience in all aspects of the ship's life
- When you are not involved in the sailing there's plenty of time to fish, read, play board games or share sailing stories by the bar
- Our money back guarantee and COVID security policy
Before the beginning of the voyage consider exploring the mountainous island of Madeira or soak up Sal's restaurant culture at the end of the voyage
NOTE: On board we have several excursion programs that you can book with ABREU a strong local agency in Madeira
This voyage starts from Madeira's semi tropical capital city, Funchal, shadowed by an impressive mountain range covered in laurel bushes and banana trees; a natural park nominated a UNESCO Word Heritage site in 1999. We head south with the wind for some 1500 nautical miles of blue water sailing and the promise of white sand, turquoise waters and autumn sun in Cape Verde.
With the predominant wind behind us, our crew will be looking for volunteers to hoist the gaff tops and trim the sails for best speed. The feeling of helming this stunning 67m sailing ship, with the sensation as she responds to the command of the wheel is something to savor forever.
There's nothing our crew like better than to share their knowledge of sailing this historic ship with our guests, and knot tying classes are a great way to learn a new skill whilst having an opportunity to share sailing stories with shipmates. If the weather allows there's the opportunity to go up the mast or relax in the bowsprit netting. A drink at sunset on the deck is the perfect way to round off each day.
We allow 12 days of sailing for this epic ocean voyage, but in 2019, conditions were so good that we covered the distance in 10, allowing time to sail through the islands and swim in secluded anchorages.
For those with time on their hands we encourage you to arrive in Madeira a few days early to visit the Columbus Festival on Porto Santo Island which celebrates the life and adventures of the famous navigator Christopher Columbus, or marvel at the riot of colours of Funchal's Flower Festival which has becoming world famous. Alternatively book your flights to allow time to soak up the vibrant restaurant and bar culture in Sal and enjoy the beautiful golden sandy beach of Santa Maria at the end of the voyage.
PREPARING FOR YOUR SANTA MARIA MANUELA EXPERIENCE
Launched in 1937, and for many decades a flagship for Portugal's cod fishing industry in Newfoundland and Greenland, the renovated Santa Maria Manuela now offers hands-on sailing and island-hopping holidays, diving expeditions and sail training experiences as part of the Tall Ships Races and other festivals.
Many people who step aboard have not sailed before so our professional crew is ready to ensure a both rewarding and fun experience. Guests are invited to get involved in all aspects of sailing if they wish, from helming to trimming sails to taking part in night watches, but all activities are voluntary.
In addition to sailing, each journey may include a range of activities. If the weather and the itinerary allow the ships fishing equipment, kayaks, canoes and two 12-man powerboats are available to those with adventure in mind. Evenings are spent in good company sharing tales of the day's adventures around the bar or relaxing with a good book, playing board games or watching films in the Salon Terra Nova.
Cabins are basic but comfortable, each with a private shower and toilet. Paid for Wi-Fi is available through the ships satellite system.
The Salon Terra Nova seats 40 for meals with cushioned bench sofas also offering enough comfort to relax or to be used for company meetings. Bars on deck and below help to create a relaxed atmosphere.
Food is a key part of the Santa Maria Manuela experience, with the ships cook providing a variety of traditional Portuguese and international dishes.
On a sailing or diving journey we never use the word itinerary, as our captain will always be aiming for the best locations and most idyllic or sheltered anchorages and ports depending on the weather forecast. He is as keen as you to include some of the highlights described, but you have to go with Mother Nature, not fight her. The journey description above is based on what we think might be possible, based on past trips, or experience, but nothing is guaranteed.
The ship is available for individual or group holidays, whole vessel charter, business meetings, events and product launches, and as a location for films.
The crew of Santa Maria Manuela look forward to welcoming you aboard in 2018.
No prior sailing experience is necessary to sail aboard the Santa Maria Manuela. Our crew will invite you to get involved in all elements of the ship's life, and is here to teach you all about the ship and how it sails should you wish, but participation is voluntary.
People of all ages and abilities are welcome to sail with us aboard the Santa Maria Manuela. To ensure everyone gets the most out of sailing with us we ask all passengers to be are independent and mobile.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THIS JOURNEY:
- All meals on board Santa Maria Manuela – including daily breakfast, lunch and evening meal
- Refreshments (coffee, tea, water and juice) throughout the day
- Use of safety equipment
- All instruction on board by fully qualified crew
- Third Party Liability Insurance
- The ship has 11 x 2 persons cabins, 4 x 4 persons cabins and 1 x 6 person cabin
- Each cabin has a private shower, toilet and comfortable beds set up as bunks
- There is a reading light and power socket (European 2 pin) next to each bed
- Couples have priority in the 2 person cabins. If you wish to guarantee a two-person cabin for yourself (1 person) we charge a 50% supplement. When the 2-person cabins are full, any additional booking will be in shared cabins split between male and female.
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED:
- Travel to and from the boat
- Personal travel insurance
- Alcoholic and soft drinks at the bar (We run a bar TAB during your journey, payable at the end of your journey in cash or card before you disembark).
- Any excursions and meals on shore
- VISA fees
WHAT TO PACK
This is a list of the items we recommend you bring with you.
- Warm hat and gloves
- Wet weather clothing – waterproof and windproof jacket
- Clothing – enough clothing for all weather circumstances and for sailing at night.
- Soft soled trainers or deck shoes
- Swimming gear
- Sea sickness medication
- Personal medication
- Valid passport with 6 months validity
PASSPORTS and VISAS
If your journey is sailing in foreign waters, you will require a full passport that is valid for at least 6 months after the end of the journey. You will be responsible for obtaining any necessary visas.
We advise all those sailing with us to take out relevant travel insurance.
We have Third Party Liability Insurance to cover all on board Santa Maria Manuela.
Please complete the booking form online in full. It not only gives us important information about how to contact you but also lets us know about any specific requirements you may have.
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