Nearly two thousand miles of sea
The long journey from Faial Island to Sunderland - the north-eastern port city in England that will be the starting point of the famous Tall Ships Races - is a perfect communion between this historic sailboat and the Atlantic. After landing passengers will have accumulated 1.800 nautical miles of navigation.
The right place to enjoy everything Santa Maria Manuela has to offer. While on board travellers are offered entertainment possibilities from movies and karaoke to fishing and outdoor barbecues through, obviously, lunches and dinners with excellent traditional dishes and Portuguese wines. Plus the pleasure of reclining in one of the available armchairs on the deck and enjoy the simplest and most rewarding things: the rocking of the sea, the warm June sun, the wet breeze of the sea, the myriad of stars in the dark sky.
The sailing experience continues over 1.800 miles in manty ways: aboard the Santa Maria Manuela everyone will be able to get together with the crew, participate in sailors' knots training sessions, read navigation charts, sail along the cost at the helm, hoist and lower the sails and even take four-hour watches on the ship, under the starry sky and with the endless sea for company. It is the voyage of choice for those who want to accumulate navigation miles and simultaneously escape the abrasive heat of July: two weeks on the high seas with the engine as the main propelling force and on the way to a cooler northern Europe.
A city facing the sea
Upon harbouring in England, passengers will have before their eyes a city historically linked to the naval industry. Ships have been built in Sunderland for nearly 700 years - the town was even considered the largest settlement in this industry. This makes it the perfect place to stage the launch of the Tall Ships Races 2018. Santa Maria Manuela and around 80 historic sailboats will start here a race that has been going on for more than 60 years and which is considered the largest event with classic sea vessels in the world. A race that is also an opportunity for young people to be trained and to have a privileged contact with the sea (more than half of the crew is less than 25 years old).
Christened in 1937, and after many decades making history as one of the flagships of cod fishing – this ship transported thousands of sailors to Newfoundland and Greenland – the renovated Santa Maria Manuela is currently a sailboat with extraordinary conditions for nautical journeys and sea training.
On board, passengers will be offered a full navigation experience and may participate in a number of activities – handling the helm, hoisting and lowering the sails, reading nautical charts, training a number of sailors' knots, in 4-hour shifts.
But there is lots of fun aside from the work of cabin boy. Games, fishing and barbecues on deck, movie sessions in the multimedia room, or simply reading a good book, in the open, under the warm sol, or inside in the comfortable and elegant cabins, are nice ways to spend the days navigating. And when the ship anchors or docks this offer may include also, sea diving, kayak or stand up paddle. An unforgettable experience.