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Galicia and the Atlantic Islands, sail from La Coruna to Portimao with Maybe

Help sail Maybe to Lisbon from Portimao along the Galicia coast and the Atlantic Islands. 

This area of Spain boasts amazing scenery, fantastic food and great cultural heritage.  We will anchor in the Ria de Muros and Ria de Vigo; visit the Atlantic Islands, witnessing first hand some of the gems of Galicia before making our way to Lisbon and onto Portimao

Embark
Sun, 20-10-2019 - 14:00
La Coruna, Spain
Disembark
Wed, 30-10-2019 - 10:00
Portimão
Duration
10 Nights
Vessel
Maybe
Voyage No.
MA201019

Berths and voyage availability

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Maybe - La Coruna to Portimao

IDEAL VOYAGE FOR...

Exploring the coast of Galicia as you sail along the coast with Maybe from A Coruna, Spain to Portimao, Portugal

VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Iberian adventure and European escape
  • Sail the coast of Galicia
  • Anchor in the Ria de Muros and Ria de Vigo
  • Visit the Atlantic Islands 
  • Gems of Galicia 
Maybe Gems of Gallicia
Maybe Gems of Gallicia

FULL VOYAGE DESCRIPTION

Join TS Maybe for this hands-on a sailing adventure, exploring the gems of Galicia. Embarking in A Coruna, we set sail along the coast of Galicia.   This area of Spain boasts amazing scenery, fantastic food and great cultural heritage.  We will anchor in the Ria de Muros and Ria de Vigo; visit the Atlantic Islands, witnessing first hand some of the gems of Galicia before making our way to Portimao.


On a sailing voyage we never use the word itinerary, as skippers will always be aiming for the best sailing and shore landings for the forecast and most idyllic or sheltered anchors and ports. They are as keen as you to include some of the highlights described below, but you have to go with Mother Nature, not fight her. 

Maybe under sail, on deck

Portimao and Across the Spanish Border

Easily reached by train from Faro airport Portimao has been Maybe's winter home for several seasons now so the crew know all the local haunts ashore and nearby beach anchorages. Situated between Cape St Vincente and Villamoura, the coast is steep in maritime history.

Once in Spain you can find all sorts of relics ashore from roman villas to horse riders thundering down a white sandy beach. A few big rivers wind their way to the ocean including the Guadalquidivir which runs inland to Seville.

Windy Blasts, Beachcombing & Historic Ports

The ports here are the real Spain and the architecture has a moorish twist. Metal studded doors, palm trees, narrow kazbah alleys and secret courtyards abound.

This is not a lazy sailors coast to sail. there should be decent winds and rugged lee shores to avoid. The surf rolls in and migrant land birds fly the coast towards Gibraltar, ready for the over water hop to North Africa. 

Maybe under sail
Maybe under sail

HANDS ON HOLIDAYS

Whether you are an experienced sailor or a complete beginner, the professional crew will train you to be guest crew from the moment you arrive, with the intention that everybody works together to sail the ship. The common thread to all Classic Sailing holidays is ‘Hands on’ participation on ships that use ropes, blocks and tackles and ‘people power’ to set sail.

SAILING STYLE & LIFE ON BOARD

We cater for a wide range of ages and physical abilities and how much you are expected to do varies a bit between vessels. See the vessel tab above which explains all about the ‘sailing style’ and what to expect in terms of hands on participation. There is a lot of information about day to day life, the ships facilities and accommodation on the vessel pages.

AGILITY & FITNESS

Every customer sailing with us will need to fill in basic medical questions on their booking application. If you are not sure if your current level of fitness and agility are up to a voyage, then please ring the Classic Sailing Office on 01872 58 00 22 and we can chat through your concerns and possibly find options that might suit you better.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Skipper & professional crew
  • Personal Safety Equipment
  • Sailing Instruction
  • All meals, snacks and refreshments
  • Port and landing fees
  • Third Party liability insurance

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Travel to Joining Port
  • Travel from end port
  • Alcoholic Drinks
  • Towels
  • Waterproofs
  • Sleeping Bag

 

La Coruna, Spain

Latest port updates

The exact location of your ship within the harbour will be given in time for your voyage.

How to get here

By Road & Parking

Taxi service: In the Arrivals area of the airport you will find many taxis waiting to take you to your destination if you wish to avoid crowd in a public bus. The price for a one way ride is about 20,00€. NOTE: Make sure to ask the driver about the price prior to your journey, because taxi fares vary depending on time of the day and the season.

Bus

Intercity bus: This is the only line which connects the airport to the city of Coruña. It stops in Puerta Real, Marina, Plaza de Orense, Avenida A. Molina Alcampo, Portazgo, Corveira and Vilaboa. • A single ticket costs 1,50€. • On working days the bus runs from 07:15 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. every 30 minutes. • On Saturdays the bus runs from 07:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. • On Sundays and holidays the line goes from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Air & transfers

The closest airport to the Marina is A Coruna Airport (15 minutes) or Santiago de Compostela Airport (45 mins). Both airports have daily international flights.

Places to stay, Things to do, Travel companions

La Coruna is in Galicia in Northern Spain. Galicia is Spain's main seafaring region - three of its four provinces have an Atlantic coastline and its cuisine is based on superb seafood. The Galicians, who's origins are Celtic, are firecely proud of their culture and language.

This proud city and bustling seaport has played a sizeable role in Spanish Maritime history. Felipe II's doomed Spanish Armada sailed from here to invade England in 1588. The elegant town centre is laid out along an isthmus leading to a headland where Europe's oldest working lighthouse 'Torres De Hercules" still flashes. It was built by the Romans and tourists can climb its 242 steps - which should be easy for a fit tall ship sailor after 10 days at sea (maybe).

Classic Sailing invites to a private facebook group where you can connect with other sailors who have booked with us. If you want to find a travel companion or share ideas on accommodation options before your trip, then posting a request on this is this is a safer option than our public facebook page. (due to data protection laws we cannot pass on contact details for other sailors on your trip directly)

Your travel responsibilities

Passports and Visas***

*** “Classic Sailing cannot cover every possible visa scenario as customers may have dual nationality, or be working or living in a country different from their passport nationality.

To avoid any last-minute stress, we advise you to contact the local embassies of the countries you will be visiting in your country to find out which travel documents you need. Please start early, obtaining a visa can take some time. It is your responsibility to have the right travel documents for all countries you visit during your stay on board.

If you plan to travel onto other destinations please check you have a right to stay in the country too as you may be classed as arriving in a country as ‘yacht sailors in transit’ and not have same rights as a tourist.

Even if you don’t need a visa, please check your passport expiry date is sufficient for country entry requirements.”***

Travel, Health, Vaccinations and Safety

Security for tourists in certain countries, regions or cities can change rapidly. Please check with your own Government Foreign Office for their latest advice for travellers.

UK travellers check under specific destination at https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

Likewise we suggest you check if there are any recommended or required vaccinations well before departure as some take more than one jab. For UK travellers check out ‘Fit for Travel’ http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations

Travel Insurance

It is compulsory that you have travel insurance to sail on any of our voyages, but you do not have to buy the insurance from us. If you purchase your own please make sure it covers sailing as an activity, and racing if you are racing crew. Most our voyages sail further than 3 miles from the shore so check that you will be covered sailing outside territorial waters.

Classic Sailing recommend Topsail Insurance http://www.classic-sailing.co.uk/travel-insurance They have policies designed for sailing crew on yachts or tall ships, whether you want an annual policy or a single trip. These are suitable for UK based sailors but the page also has links to alternative companies and recommended insurance companies for non UK citizens.

Portimão, Portugal

Portimão, Portugal
Latest port updates

For joining Blue Clipper or Maybe: Porto de Portimao, Doca Pesca, 8400-278 Parchal, Portimao is the provisional joining location. Any changes to this starting location will be sent to you by email.

How to get here

By Road & Parking

The easiest way to get from the airport to your ship is by Hoppa transfer with a shared shuttle service. Hoppa transfer service link. The distance from Faro to Portimão is 63 km and takes just over an hour. 

Rail & transfers

It's possible to catch the train to Portimão depending on where you are travelling from. From Faro airport you could catch the bus to the train station from just outside the arrivals door for a small cost, from there the train would take you to the centre of Portimão and a short walk across the river would bring you to your ship. 

Air & transfers

The closest airport to Portimão is Faro Airport with many budget airlines arriving from the UK and Portugal daily. The easiest way to get to Faro Airport is via Hoppa Transfer

Discount airlines

There are many airlines flying into Faro from the UK and Portugal, such as Ryanair, Jet 2 and EasyJet. 

Feeling Guilty? - Carbon Offsetting Schemes

How can you travel to Portugal without setting foot on a plane? You can reach Portugal by train all the way from London, plan your journey and arrive in Portimão in time for your voyage. There is much information online by other people who have travelled to the Algarve this way and Eurostar tickets and prices are easy to come by. 

Places to stay, Things to do, Travel companions

Classic Sailing invites to a private facebook group where you can connect with other sailors who have booked with us. If you want to find a travel companion or share ideas on accommodation options before your trip, then posting a request on this is this is a safer option than our public facebook page. (due to data protection laws we cannot pass on contact details for other sailors on your trip directly)

Your travel responsibilities

Passports and Visas***

*** “Classic Sailing cannot cover every possible visa scenario as customers may have dual nationality, or be working or living in a country different from their passport nationality.

To avoid any last-minute stress, we advise you to contact the local embassies of the countries you will be visiting in your country to find out which travel documents you need. Please start early, obtaining a visa can take some time. It is your responsibility to have the right travel documents for all countries you visit during your stay on board.

If you plan to travel onto other destinations please check you have a right to stay in the country too as you may be classed as arriving in a country as ‘yacht sailors in transit’ and not have same rights as a tourist.

Even if you don’t need a visa, please check your passport expiry date is sufficient for country entry requirements.”***

Travel, Health, Vaccinations and Safety

Security for tourists in certain countries, regions or cities can change rapidly. Please check with your own Government Foreign Office for their latest advice for travellers.

UK travellers check under specific destination at https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

Likewise we suggest you check if there are any recommended or required vaccinations well before departure as some take more than one jab. For UK travellers check out ‘Fit for Travel’ http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations

Travel Insurance

It is compulsory that you have travel insurance to sail on any of our voyages, but you do not have to buy the insurance from us. If you purchase your own please make sure it covers sailing as an activity, and racing if you are racing crew. Most our voyages sail further than 3 miles from the shore so check that you will be covered sailing outside territorial waters.

Classic Sailing recommend Topsail Insurance, further information can be found here. They have policies designed for sailing crew on yachts or tall ships, whether you want an annual policy or a single trip. These are suitable for UK based sailors but the page also has links to alternative companies and recommended insurance companies for non UK citizens.

Maybe

Maybe Sailing

Maybe is very much a sail training vessel and her style of sailing is very 'hand's on' but with a lot of patient instruction from the professional crew. Maybe's skipper and mates are not afraid to shape a great team from total novices or mixed experience crews. They will encourage you to get involved in every aspect of ship board life, from cooking to standing watch. British owned Maybe is a regular contender in the International Tall Ships Races and regattas and has sailed around the world several times.

Statistics

 

  • Length overall: 72 ft (24.00m)
  • Length on deck:

 

 

  • Year built: 1933
  • Vessel type/rig: Gaff Ketch 

 

  • Guest berths: 12
  • Crew berths: 4

 

Full Participation and mixed age crews

Gaff ketch 'Maybe' works predominantly around the UK on youth development voyages, but she also offers adult adventure trips too. Her style of sailing is very 'hands on' but with a lot of patient instruction as the professional crew are used to working with crew from 12 to 80. Her winter base is the Algarve in Portugal so she has some ocean style and delivery trips for experienced sailors at the start and finish of the season too.

action on the foredeck on gaff ketch maybe

Tall Ships Races

International Tall Ships races have been happening for many summers. They defy cynicism, bring together young crews from nations that are hardly on speaking terms in the adult world, and give those participating the best thrill you can have in your school holidays.  Generally sail handling on a tall ship or sail training yacht is done slowly with lots of instruction and plenty of sea room from other vessels. In a tall ships race it is much more close quarters so things have to happen a lot faster and the vessels are sailed with dash rather than conservatism. You might get the odd bruise or blister but the sense of teamwork and pride in your ship seems to just happen during the thrill of the chase.  The parties in port are your well earned reward.

Maybe and Tecla in Tall Ship Parade of Sail
Maybe and Tecla in Tall Ship Parade of Sail

A Chance to Become Volunteer Crew

Maybe has a small professional crew and deliberately relies on volunteers as watch leaders or delivery crew. A Maybe voyage would be a good choice if you are thinking about a sailing career and you are really keen to progress your sailing skills. The skipper will be looking to recommend helpful hard working crew as possible volunteers who have good people skills and a sense of humour. There is usually a contribution towards meals if you sail as volunteer or delivery crew. You might even progress to a paid postion (Skipper, !st Mate, Engineer and Cook)

Her sister ship, belonging to the same NE sail training charity, is the three masted schooner Blue Clipper. This bigger vessel has month long crew placements to some really exciting destinations like the Arctic and the Caribbean so it is a great organisation to sail with to get your foot on the sailing career ladder.

companionship at the end of watch on a sailing holiday
Making friends on Maybe's bigger sister ship Blue Clipper

Sailing Style

 

Life On Board

Life on board really is about getting stuck in and involved in all aspects of sailing the ship. Beginners are welcome and the experienced crew will help to explain the different roles onboard which will quickly see you turn into a knowledgable traditional ship sailor! Please also note there is a non-smoking policy on board Maybe. 

Wild swimming in Scotland on Maybe
Wild swimming in Scotland on Maybe

 

Below Decks

Tall Ship Maybe has the capacity for up to 18 crew members on each sailing voyage, which includes 2-4 permanent crew and 14 places for trainee crew members or 12 passengers. 

She has extensive comfortable accommodation below deck including five newly refurbished cabin, a large saloon/galley area fitted with all modern conveniences including TV, DVD Player, fully fitted kitchen with microwave, fridge, freezer, cooker, induction hob and slow cooker.  For the comfort of the crew, central heating has been installed to make even winter sailing a pleasure.

Maybe Accommodation Layout

Sailing vessel Maybe - Accommodation Layout
Sunset astern of Gaff Ketch Maybe

Gaff Ketch Maybe - Ship Specification

     
Year built 1929  
Sailing Rig gaff ketch  
length (overall ?) 72ft 24m
length on deck    
beam 19ft 6'' 6m
draft 10ft 6'' 3.2m
guest crew 14  
professional crew 4  
engine yes  
Maybe being launched after winter 2017-18 refit
Maybe being launched after winter 2017-18 refit

 

Current sailing grounds
Affordable 2 night sailing tasters from Belfast, Longer voyages to and from Cork, Dublin & Scotland

Kit List for Maybe

Maybe guests enjoying the sun!

Kit List for Maybe

Included

 

  • Sailing instruction 
  • Safety Equipment (Life jackets and harnesses)
  • All meals to include cooked breakfast, lunch, dinner and refreshments throughout the day.
  • Pillow


What's Not Included

 

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Towels and pillow case
  • Travel to and from the start and end port. 
  • Optional trips or tours taken ashore
  • Meals ashore
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Sleeping bag


 
What to bring


There is limited storage space on Maybe so please pack all you belongings in a soft rucksack or bag.

  • Sleeping Bag
  • Pillow Case
  • Footwear: Shoes with a good grip e.g. trainers or sailing deck shoes. (Sandals are great for beaches but you do need toe protection for sailing). Agnes has solid wood decks so waterproof walking boots are fine at sea in moderate winds and dry conditions and great for voyages where you might do some rough terrain walking like Scillies or Scotland voyages.
  • Rubber Boots or second pair of shoes for wet weather or getting in/out of dinghies. 
  • Swim suit & beach towel
  • Suntan lotion & sunglasses
  • Sun hat / warm hat, scarves, gloves
  • Clothes that dry quickly like fleeces and thermals. Mix of warm, waterproof & windproof layers. Wool jumpers are warm, even when wet, but can take a while to dry. Merino wool type shirts are good for under layers.
  • Small rucksack for going ashore
  • Travel insurance documents/any travel tickets
  • Passport for French Voyages, Ireland or any 6 day voyage like Scillies where Brittany might be an alternative option. On French voyages Reciprocal Free Health Care Card for Europe.
  • Personal medicines/ spectacles/ seasick tablets –check which brand if you suffer from asthma or are on regular medication.
  • Camera/binoculars etc
  • Modest quantity of alcohol for evening meals
  • You are welcome to bring musical instruments
     
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Maybe - Reviews

Maybe sunsets

"The crew were awesome. Led by Seb they were full of energy and enthusiasm and lots of patience for explaining what needed tobe done or what was happening. Maybe is a beautiful boat. we were well fed and had lots of fun as well as learning. would highly recommend a two night trip if you're a novice sailor."  Liz M. Maybe 13 Sept 2019

 

What did you enjoy the most?

The general atmosphere on board was excellent and the journey along the Caledonian canal was fantastic.

The worst bits? - don't think there was one.

Why do your sail?

Travel, meeting new and interesting people, experience and learning more about sailing.

George M Maybe June 2019

Sailing in Scotland

What was the best bit?

Sailing between Islay and Jura: sun shining, music playing and interesting winds rolling down from the hills.

What was the worst bit?

Getting up for my watch after the first wave of seasickness.

Why do you sail? 

This was my first trip. Wanted to experience the landscape from a different perspective and get to places I couldn’t easily reach otherwise.

Any other comments

The experience was very much enhanced by the attitudes and actions of the crew (including the volunteers), who combined technical and people skills with their love of sailing to create something more rewarding than I had anticipated.

By Lynne G. Guest crew on Maybe from Liverpool to Scotland
By Lynne G. Guest crew on Maybe from Liverpool to Scotland
Learnt so much!

I learned so much and it was a pleasure and rewarding experience achieving my RYA Competent Crew cert. I didn't want the trip to end, I would have happily sailed on and enjoyed the beautiful ship Maybe with her crew and my new friends! Thank you for a wonderful experience, I hope to put my new skills to use soon." 

Amazing!

I recently joined MAYBE on a delivery voyage from South Portugal to West Wales. I have had some amazing experiences in life but this topped it for me. Not only having an opportunity to sails a much bigger boat than I am used to but also dealing with much more challenging seas than I am used to. Thanks to the experienced knowledge the permanent crew we had the chance to sail MAYBE in 57 knots of wind and athough it was hairy at times the whole crew felt safe on the resiliant MAYBE.
This has been a life changer or affirminator, see you on the water." Sayed Almaghrabi, April 2017

The Bay of Biscay

Joseph D April 2019 Crossing the Bay of Biscay which is always a challenging voyage!

You enjoyed the most –

Dolphins chasing the bow at 6am

A small songbird resting on our boat just after we crossed Biscay

How the crew came together and supported each other through the rougher weather of our Biscay Crossing.

Least enjoyed –

Seeing all the beautiful cooked food and not being able to eat much because of the sea sickness

Why do you sail?

I sail because it’s completely different from any experience on land.

I can't fault those three guys

"I really enjoyed my sail on Maybe, Seb Ben and Phil were fantastic. A great combination of knowledge, skill, enthusiasm, ability to teach, fun and patience - I can't fault those three guys. 

Delivery Trip

TS Maybe delivery trip Portimao, Portugal to Cork, Ireland (in the end) was an amazing experience. Having always wanted to do longer sailing passages, experience ocean sailing and push myself with challenging experiences, this lived up to everything I expected. It was a shame we were plagued with non-stop N/NE winds that meant we couldn't sail without motor as much as I would have liked...but that's the nature of the trip. A massive thank you to all the rest of the crew who were great folk and hats off, praise & thanks to Skipper Seb, Helen, Jessie & Mo who guided us on the passage. An incredible voyage, a great memory and a taste for more of the same. And at times it was like Bake Off at sea!

Anthony S 14-03-19

Anthony S Voyage on Maybe Spring 2019
Loved it!

Hi everyone on Maybe! I loved my week sailing with you. Now that I'm home it all feels so special to have done this. The experience certainly changed my attitudes to so many things and I can see how the teamwork made everyone work beyond their usual comfort zones. We had so many laughs, I can hardly believe it was that much fun. Now I have to try to settle into 'normal' life but I can feel the pull of future voyages - Maybe? love to you all......Valerie S. 5 star facebook review 30 July 2018

Tall Ships Races

"Very nervous before the trip because I have not sailed before. Staff very experienced so made me feel safe and I could relax and enjoy a great experience. Highlights - millions of stars at night, dolphin pod, viewing land from another aspect, new and different experience. Thank you for a great trip 10/10." Jacqui Robinson, aged 53, Greenwich Tall Ships Regatta

Rekindling my love of sailing

"At the end of this trip I was asked if there had been anything negative about the experience, I can only think of one, that is, the trip is over, I am no longer sailing aboard Maybe, and yet I so desperately which that I were. Till next time. P.s Thanks for rekindling my love of sailing and the oceans." Will Clutton, Cornwall, 20.10.2014

Totally different experience

"Had a brilliant time on board Maybe for the 2nd time!!  You didn't scare me away the first time and I hope to be back on board in the furture!  You have introduced me to a totally different experience and alternative lifestyle living on a boat.  Thanks for all your hard work and patient teaching.  Keep up the brilliant work as it is truly life changing." Matthew Ireland.  Liverpool.  Apprentice Ship Cup

Trip of a lifetime

Had a great time upon the maybe boat, trip of a lifetime that I shall never forget! Big thanks to all the crew members and for looking after us so well and teaching us so much!! And all the trainees for making it such a memorable trip! Highly recommend to all." Rodney Moorehead, Northern Ireland, Tall Ships Races

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