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Sail the Algarve Coast and visit Cadiz on a Portuguese Tall Ship

Soak up the sun along the Algarve Coast of Southern Portugal in a very different way to the beach holidaymakers. There is a lot to be proud of sailing as crew on Portugal's historic flagship Santa Maria Manuela. Enjoy being centre stage on this impressive four masted schooner sailing into ports like Cadiz on route or perhaps anchoring off a beach for a swim.

Embark
Fri, 12-06-2020 - 16:00
Lisbon, Portugal
Disembark
Wed, 17-06-2020 - 10:00
Portimão
Duration
5 Days
Vessel
Santa Maria Manuela
Voyage No.
SM120620

Berths and voyage availability

TYPE: 4-6 berth cabin - en suite - pp. AVAILABILITY: Available. PRICE: 600 GBP. BOOK NOW
TYPE: 2 Berth Twin Bed Cabin PP. AVAILABILITY: Available. PRICE: 660 GBP. BOOK NOW

Santa Maria Manuela - Lisbon - Cadiz - Portomaio

IDEAL VOYAGE FOR...

A tall ship experience that could suit both experienced sailors wanted to sail a surviving example of Portugal's maritime heritage, and beginners who want to try a large tall ship in the open blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean. You are never far from the coast and the ship will be stopping in its home patch - along the Algarve Coast - but the sailing still has that 'out there on the big blue ocean feel' to it. Across the border into Spain, this is a coastline that has seen many naval battles and coastal raids. Absorb the history whilst you learn the ropes on this 4 masted schooner built for the cod Fishing off Greenland.

 

VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS

  • sail an original tall ship
  • early summer fresh sea air break
  • swim off the ship
  • explore Lisbon, Cadiz and the Algarve beaches.
helming a mighty tall ship

FULL VOYAGE DESCRIPTION

Let a Portuguese run ship show you their home coastline. Sail out of Lisbon like many famous explorers over the centuries, set gaff sails, topsails and jibs and create a spectacle to photograph. Get stuck into the sailing, relax in the bowsprit netting, haul ropes like a hero or enjoy some very comfy deck chairs on the biggest wooden decks in the Classic Sailing fleet. Santa Maria Manuela is a sail training ship and takes part on tall ships races and corporate team building, so the action and hands on participation and sailing instruction is there if you want it. She has a lot of ships crew with many specialism apart from sailing. She also has kayaks and Stand up paddleboards if you are at anchor somewhere suitable for watersports.

relaxing on a tall ship - but you are encouraged to help sail the ship
relaxing on a tall ship - but you are encouraged to help sail the ship


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. The description below is based on what we think might be possible, based on past trips, or experience, but nothing is guaranteed on a sailing voyage.

Santa Maria Manuela is sailing South to Cadiz for a visit to this fortified port. She then sails back towards the Algarve coast with its cliffs, arches and golden beaches.

Southern Portugal - Should be hot and sunny in June

For an early taste of summer and decent sailing breezes the Southern end of Portugal has been a tourist hotspot for years. 

Santa Maria Manuela's new owners have given a lot of though into how to offer unique activity holidays on a tall ship over 200 feet long.  With the deck spaces to store water sports 'toys' and dive equipment on some specialist dive trips, the keen professional crew offer much more than the sail training experience. Adventure charter voyages are open for all age groups. The Portuguese are very hospitable people and want you to have a great time on their flagship

She has been restored to create a comfortable 'mother ship' with well organised hospitality team, but without compromising her ability to offer the real hands on tall ship experience. Even complete novices can be taught to become crew on one of the biggest schooners in the world. The huge gaff sails are traditionally rigged and it will take teamwork to set all sail on her 4 masts and  look magnificent. On passage, guest crew will be in working watches, participating in the sailing, steering the ship and lookout duties.

Santa Maria Manuela from the RIB
Santa Maria Manuela from the RIB

Santa Maria Manuela has a home port of Lisbon and uses her local waters to advantage. She offers mini ocean passages from Portugal out to the Madeira and the Azores island groups, as well as these coastal hops along the Portugal and Spanish coast. The ship has large ships RIB (rigid inflatable) to take you ashore to explore.There is plenty to do, or you can lie on a deck lounger after you have set sails and admire your hard work. The ship has kayaks and stand up paddle boards (SUP) and several of the professional deck crew have dual roles as water-sports instructors or guides.

Atlantic Spain 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. Cadiz has been raided by pirates including Sir Francis Drake. 

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. The Battle of Trafalgar and Battle of St Vincente were fought off these shores.

tall ship port hopping in spain and portugal

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
  • Linen and duvets
  • Third Party liability insurance

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Travel to Joining Port
  • Travel from end port
  • Towels
  • Waterproofs
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks at the bar (We run a bar TAB during your voyage, payable at the end of your voyage in cash or card before you disembark).
  • Any excursions and meals on shore

 

 

Lisbon, Portugal

Latest port updates

The exact location won't be known until closer to the time, you will be informed by email once the exact position has been confirmed. 

Make sure you take a note of the ship's phone number to get in touch with them if there are any problems on the day. 

How to get here

Air & transfers

 Lisbon International Airport (LIS) , also known as Lisbon Portela Airport is approximately 4km from the city centre, and can be reached by public bus or taxi. Many airlines fly into and out of Lisbon, including the national carrier TAP Portugal, as well as budget airlines such as Easyjet. 

There is a bus network from the airport that offers services to passengers who are travelling to various destinations from the airport.

Outside the terminal buildings one is able to obtain taxi services. These generally charge an average of €10 to the city center. Some of the taxis have meters in them. They charge a minimum of €2.35 during the day and €2.50 at night. Double check the price before getting in. Taxis are obliged by law to advertise the prices, and do not pay extra for luggage. The meter fare is the price to pay.

Though some of the taxi drivers may take longer routes to keep the meter running, the trip should take an average of 15 minutes to the city center. Sometimes is better to pre-book your transfer
and there are many to choose from on the internet.

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 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.

Santa Maria Manuela

Four masted schooner Santa Maria Manuela offers adventure voyages, island hopping, ocean voyages, diving and oceanographic expeditions for individuals of all ages and groups. At 223ft long (63 metres) she is the largest tall ship Classic Sailing offers activity holidays on, but the crew to guest ratio is excellent so you will be well looked after. This historic Portuguese tall ship has excellent facilities on board and plenty of holiday toys like dive ribs,  'stand up paddle boards' and kayaks, but this is also a ship where you can take part in the hands on sailing, join a night watch or climb the rigging.

Santa Maria Manuela was once the flagship of the Portuguese cod fishing fleet. Built in 1937, in the same year as her sister ship Creoula, she was designed to fish the Newfoundland Banks and rich fishing waters of Arctic Greenland. She often carries the small rowing and sailing dories that would have set out from the mother ship to fish for cod, so you can continue her fishing tradition from small boats or from her huge wooden decks.

 

Statistics

 

  • Length overall: 63m
  • Length on deck: 56m

 

  • Year built: 1937
  • Vessel rig: 4 masted schooner 

 

  • Guest berths: 50
  • Crew berths: 24

 

The Experts View: What Santa Maria Manuela Does Best

Santa Maria Manuela under full sail

Blue Water Sailing, Diving & Watersports 

Santa Maria Manuela's new owners have given a lot of though into how to offer unique activity holidays on a tall ship over 200 feet long.  With the deck spaces to store water sports 'toys' and dive equipment on some specialist dive trips, the keen professional crew offer much more than the sail training experience. Adventure charter voyages are open for all age groups. The Portuguese are very hospitable people and want you to have a great time on their flagship

She has been restored to create a comfortable 'mother ship' with well organised hospitality team, but without compromising her ability to offer the real hands on tall ship experience. Even complete novices can be taught to become crew on one of the biggest schooners in the world. The huge gaff sails are traditionally rigged and it will take teamwork to set all sail on her 4 masts and  look magnificent. On passage, guest crew will be in working watches, participating in the sailing, steering the ship and lookout duties.

Santa Maria Manuela has a home port of Lisbon and uses her local waters to advantage. She offers mini ocean passages from Portugal out to the Madeira and the Azores island groups. Once amongst the islands, the ship has large ships RIB (rigid inflatable) to take you ashore to explore. Whether you chose Island hopping or specialist scuba diving voyages there is plenty to do. The ship has kayaks and stand up paddle boards (SUP) and several of the professional deck crew have dual roles as water-sports instructors or guides.

She also sails to Cape Verde (Cabo Verde) for both island hopping and dive holidays, so the fresh trade winds here help her power up under sail and you can watch her mighty bow carve through the blue seas. 

Diving Voyages

 

Diving Voyage in Cape Verde on Santa Maria Manuela

Golden Era of Deep Sea Schooners

Setting sails on this four masted legendary tall ship reminds us of the size of the ocean going fishing fleets of the early 19th Century. Santa Maria Manuela took part in the international tall ships races in 2018. Her identical sized sister ship Creola is owned by the Portuguese Navy and with bigger topsails than Manuela can still reach 17 knots. In their heyday in the 1930's the fish catch, caught by rod and line in small wooden dories, could be as much as 36 ton of cod in a single day, so every ship would have been very keen to get home  across the North Atlantic first.

The scale of the ship is more akin to the big Russian tall ships than other schooners or barques in Classic Sailing fleet. You can hold a substantial party on her decks, indulge in a bit of deck football or try a thrilling kind of relaxing in the bowsprit netting, way above the sea. If that is not enough vertigo for you then the view from the top of the mast is an adrenalin inducing 113ft above the sea.

stowing sails - only three more masts to go!
stowing sails - only three more masts to go!

The meals cooked on board are a mix of traditional Portuguese and international tastes, but fish and seafood feature strongly.

The giant bows were strengthened for ice conditions in Greenland fishing grounds. Santa Maria Manuela has offered fishing and sailing voyages in the Arctic Circle. She may repeat these voyages in future. Guests took sailing dories out in the waters of Lofoten to re live past times. They have oars and a lug sail, but watch out for Moby Dick.

Trying out the ships dory in the Lofoten Isles in 2018
Trying out the ships dory in the Lofoten Isles in 2018

National Geographic Expedition Base

For Portugal, the sea is our history and it has to be our future" National Geographic

Santa Maria Manuela aims to be involved with at least one oceanographic or marine conservation expedition a year as part of the ships ethos. In June 2018 she was the floating base for the Oceano Azul Foundation expedition with National Geographic Pristine Seas, Waitt Foundation and partners.  

This involved diving and new research around the Azores to conserve sea life. The ships crew benefits from being involved in this contemporary research each year, and takes full advantage of the knowledge the professional divers and researchers bring on board, when they are running adventure charter voyages. For example on their diving expeditions in the Azores and Cape Verde your dive master is one of the divers from the National Geographic Expedition this summer.

Santa Maria Manuela - guest crew getting involved
Meals on deck on a 200 ft schooner

Life on Board

Most people who step aboard the Santa Maria Manuela have not sailed before. The professional crew are there to teach you and make sure your voyage is rewarding,engaging and most of all, fun. Life onboard really is about joining in, so they invite you to roll your sleeves up and get involved. The professional crew are mostly from Portugal, so the main working language is Portuguese, but English is the second language. The ship has crew manuals translated into English, and any verbal briefing or sailing instruction can be translated into English by the deck crew or officers as English is the international language for seafarers worldwide.

The Captain and his 4 officers oversee the safe and efficient running of the ship and the sailing and learning experience aboard. The ship is owned by 'Recheio Cash & Carrry' a large  catering supplier so good food is close to their heart and the hospitality team work hard to look after you below decks, while on deck the ships boatswain and his team of four able seamen make a point of working with the trainee to get the sails up at every opportunity.

The family values which are so celebrated in Portugal are evident through the service provided by our Chief Steward and his team, with meal times forming a central element in the crew (ships crew and guests) coming together as a unified team.

climbing aloft with a safety line
climbing aloft with a safety line

Sailing Style

On short passages and island hopping voyages the sailing is an essential part of the voyage but your requirement to participate is not so necessary. Enjoy the view and fresh air and join in as much or as little as you like. The sailing is more likely to be day sailing with overnight anchorages or ports.

On longer voyages you can expect to be involved in sailing handling and watch keeping. Therw is more on the watch system below.

The ships full time crew have a section responsible for the deck and sail handling headed by the Bosun. The regular bosun that I sailed with is called Ivo He has just the right character for a bosun , knowledgeable, safety conscious and a great encourager. A keen yachtsman and currently gaining RYA qualifications on top of his big ship certificates.

There will be two teams per gaff sail lined up on opposite sides of the ship. The bosun and his team of deckhands will sort you into line and show your how to pull on a rope as a team, Yes you will be putting considerable effort into hauling but the pace will be adjusted to suite the team and people can drop out and others can take over. Everybody has their own abilities and this is fully respected and no one will be called out for lack of ability.

The port side team will haul the end of the sail towards the aft end up in the air until it sticking up like a peak, that’s why it’s called the ‘peak halyard’. The starboard side team who will haul the part of the sail up closest to the mast and you will see the top structure, the gaff,  of the sail has a fitting that goes around the sides of the mast to keep it in place. This looks like a jaw and throat so is called the ‘Throat halyard’. Don’t worry there is no need to learn all the names and parts of the ship it’s not like there would be a test or anything.

flaking the headsails on the bowsprit
flaking the headsails on the bowsprit

Apart from the four large gaff sails there are three headsails, the ones in front of the foremast. Each sail will take one team to haul it up and other people to control the sheets etc.

In good weather it is possible to set sails above the four gaff sails normally called gaff topsails. Although these are in use high above the deck the hoisting is all done from teams on the deck.

Santa Maria Manuela also has a square sail set on the foremast. This requires teams on deck to set and to put away. If this square sails needs to tied up, stowed away, when it is aloft a small time can be sent up the rigging to physically tie it up. Going aloft is always voluntary and if you choose to go aloft you will be trained first and wearing a safety harness. Personally I love to go aloft as you get amazing views and a real feel for sailing the old fashioned way.

light winds for a change in Cape Verde
light winds for a change in Cape Verde

Watch Keeping Rota for longer passages.

On a Tall Ships Race or long Ocean passage a formal watch keeping rota will be in operation with four watches. Basically a four hour watch with 12 hours of in between but this can vary.

The duties include -

  • Lookout: Posted on the bow or, in heavy weather, astern. Reports all objects sighted by speaking with the officer on watch.
  • Helmsman: Posted at the wheel on the astern. Steers the ship under supervision of the ship's crew
  • Bridge watch: Posted on the bridge. Listens for incoming radio and telephone calls and sounds.
  • Engine Room Watch: when underway using engine posted wherever the chief engineer needs you.

Full details of what it is like to sail in the Santa Maria Manuela Manual are available online and will be sent to you with your booking approval.

Whatever you level of sailing experience you will find that Santa Maria Manuela and her crew will adapt to your abilities and make sure you have a great time.

Santa Maria Manuela - Layout & Accommodation

The cabins are described in detail in this section, but in summary the ship has a mix of cabins for 2, 4 or 6 people

All the shared cabins have:

  • toilet and shower ensuite
  • porthole with a view to the sea
  • air conditioning. 

 

Main deck on Santa Maria Manuela has room to store dories, RIBS etc
Main deck on Santa Maria Manuela has room to store dories, RIBS etc

Main Deck and Watersports 'Toys'

 You won't get lost on the main deck, but it is almost large enough for a game of football. There is plenty of room to store dories that can be sailed or rowed, water sports equipment and 2 large RIBS (Rigid Inflatable Vessels with outboards) that can take up to 14 people each  ashore or on a dive.

The ship also has sit on kayaks and stand up paddle boards for guests to use when the ship is anchored somewhere suitable.  Most of the deck crew have a secondary recreational role in addition to sailing knowledge, so you can go to an expert on a kayak or ask a technical question about diving 

The bridge and navigation room is on the main deck. The main companionway is in the centre of the deck, but there are at least 3 other access points to lower decks.The galley is also at deck level, which is very handy when meals are served on deck.

You can see from the layout below that you could hold quite a large party on the main deck, so if you want to hire the whole ship, she does have dates around her sailing programme where she can be in port and provide a very stylish venue. Contact Classic Sailing for details on 0044 1872 580022

Santa Maria Manuela main deck - outside
Santa Maria Manuela main deck - outside

Layout Below Decks

Santa Maria Manuela is one of the larger tall ships based in Europe. She has two decks levels. There is a bar on board for when you are off watch. The ship has WiFi and there is a screen for watching movies in one of the communal areas.

Deck 1

This is the first deck you come to as you go below. Here are located the recreational areas and some of the cabin accommodation. 

The Captain and deck officer accommodation is towards the stern.

The guest crew (trainees) have cabins in the middle of the ship. This is a designated quiet area and doors are off a central corridor, with access to the outside main deck. All cabins have a port hole so you can see the sea.

There is a multi purpose room with chairs and tables for guest crew to relax in, meals, use for lectures etc.

There is a scullery for the galley forward of the recreational room and has another companionway to access outer main deck.

stewards and ratings have accommodation near the bow

Deck 1 - below decks on Santa Maria Manuela
Deck 1 - below decks on Santa Maria Manuela
Santa Maria Manuela - multi purpose communal space on deck 1
Santa Maria Manuela - multi purpose communal space on deck 1

Deck 2

There are two sets of steps down to deck two, where there are further trainee cabins en suite in the middle of the ship. This is a designated quiet area and doors are off a central corridor. All cabins have a port hole so you can see the sea.

The ship has watertight bulkheads separating the accommodation from other areas of this deck, like Engine room, laundry, food stores.

 

 

Cabins on Santa Maria Manuela have en suite WC and shower
Cabins on Santa Maria Manuela have en suite WC and shower

 

More about the Cabins

The ship has a mix of cabins for 2, 4 or 6 people sharing. All the cabin accommodation in in the central part of the ship, which is the most stable part of any ship.

All the shared cabins have:

  • toilet and shower ensuite
  • porthole with a view to the sea
  • air conditioning. 

Quilts and bed linen is provided, as well as towels for use on the ship (you need your own towel for the beach). The beds are bunks in all cabins with a ladder to reach the upper bunks. All beds have privacy curtains. If you are a solo traveller (the majority of our trainee crews come as individuals) then you will be allocated a cabin with other guest(s) of the same sex.

Unless the ship is taking part in a tall ships race it is unlikely that the ship will have it's maximum of 50 guest crew, so there should be reasonable flexibility if, when you find yourself on board, you want to move to a different size cabin or location.

There are 240v 2 pin European sockets in each cabin.

 

Santa Maria Manuela - Ship Specification

Length Overall: 225ft (68.64m)

Length on deck: 173ft (52.68m)

Beam -  33ft (10m)

draft - 18ft (5.5m)

Year built: 1937

Restored: 2010

Vessel type/rig: 4 masted gaff schooner

Trainee crew berths (guest crew): 50

Max Professional crew: 22

Sail area 1266.4 sq m (12 sails)

Displacement ton - 992 tonne

 

Communications

Satellite Communication System: 

Fleet One

Fleet 33

Inmarsat-C

The ship has a satellite email address which can be provided 

The bridge and navigation room
The bridge and navigation room

 

Ships Boats

The ships fishing dories are replicas of the originals - trying them near Tromso
The ships fishing dories are replicas of the originals - trying them near Tromso

 

Santa Maria Manuela Crew to welcome you to their schooner
Santa Maria Manuela Crew to welcome you to their schooner

Santa Maria Manuela - Captain and Crew

The ship is run by 18 crew and supported by up to 46 trainee crew – that’s you!

The Captain and his 4 officers oversee the safe and efficient running of the ship and the sailing and learning experience aboard, while his Hospitality Manager ensures that the ships trainees and guests are cared for. The ships two engineers keep the engines running below decks, while on deck the ships boatswain and his team of four able seamen make a point of working with the trainee to get the sails up at every opportunity.
 

As you would expect from a ship owned by one of Portugal's largest food companies, catering is important and meal time is a chance for trainees and ships professional crew to get together. The chief steward, chief cook and the galley team are used to providing Portuguese home cooking for charter guest crews, hungry oceanographic research teams and corporate events and special functions.

The photo above is from 2018 - here are a few names that are on the ship in winter 2019

Front Row: Sandra - Chief Steward, Ivo the Bosun on the right

Middle row: Nuno -2nd Engineer on the left

Current sailing grounds

Santa Maria Manuela - Kit List

welcome from Santa maria Manuela

Below is a recommended travel packing list for a sailing voyage.

See bottom of page for Diving Holiday Kit List

Included

  • Sailing Instruction 
  • Safety Equipment (Life jackets and harnesses)
  • All meals to include cooked breakfast, lunch, dinner and refreshments throughout the day.
  • Bed linen, duvet, towels for cabin (but please bring your own beach towel)

What is Not Included

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Travel to and from the start and end port
  • Optional trips or tours taken ashore unless otherwise stated
  • Alcoholic Beverages , but you can purchase drinks from the bar (you can set up a tab and pay at the end). 

What to Bring

For any destination north of Cape Verde warm and waterproof clothing is very important, as it can get cold during sailing, especially at night, even in the summer. A waterproof and windproof jacket is recommended to help keep warm and dry. Waterproof rubber soled boots or shoes are also recommended to keep your feet dry and warm. It is a good idea to bring two pairs of shoes in case one gets wet as salt water soaked shoes take a while to dry.

Madeira, Portugal and the Azores in summer can get pretty hot and it is easy to get sunburn at sea as the air is clear. The Cape Verde are in a tropical climate so a good sun screen is essential.

Please remember that space on board is limited and pack accordingly. Pack comfortable and practical clothing for all weather circumstances, the key is layers!! It is recommended to pack in a soft bag that can be easily stored away as there is no room on board for suitcases. Electricity on board is European 2 pin sockets, please be sure to bring any adaptors you may need. 

Passports, Visas and Insurance

If you voyage is sailing in foreign waters, you will require a full passport that is valid for at least 6 months after the end of the voyage. You will be responsible for obtaining any necessary visas.

We have Third Party Liability Insurance and recommend all those sailing with us to take out relevant travel insurance to cover their voyage. 

Medical Conditions and Special Diets

Please inform us in advance of any medical conditions you have and medication which you might need to bring with you. If you have any special dietary requirements it is essential you inform us prior to your voyage. We will make every effort to cater for all diets with prior notice.

Personal Items

This is a list of the items we recommend you bring with you.

  • Warm hat and sun hat
  • gloves - either sailing gloves or gardening type gloves
  • Wet weather clothing – water proof and windproof jacket
  • Clothing – enough clothing for all weather circumstances (think layers!!)
  • Trainers or deck shoes
  • shorts and t shirts
  • nightwear (ear plugs ?)
  • Toiletries
  • Towels
  • swimwear (googles are useful)
  • Sun cream
  • Sunglasses
  • Sea sickness medication
  • Personal medication
  • Book
  • Small torch (head torches are good!)
  • Camera
  • Log book (if you have one)
  • Valid passport (voyages outside the UK)
  • Travel insurance

Extras

  • Musical instruments 
  • games or cards
  • book/kindle

You can buy Santa Maria Manuela caps on board.

Diving Holidays on Santa Maria Manuela - Kit List

Please note the ship will only be carrying scuba diving equipment on the specialist diving voyages. 

On a diving voyage - Bottles and weights are included in the voyage price.

If you need diving equipment other than bottles and weights it is €150 extra

Nitrox costs €5 euros a dive

Classic Sailing will expand on this kit list shortly.

 

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Santa Maria Manuela - Reviews

What do the customers think of Santa Maria Manuela

Santa Maria Manuela is a new vessel to the Classic Sailing fleet. We first became aware of her at the Tall Ships Race Fleet visit in Torbay in 2016. She has new owners who are incredibly proud of the ships history and are developing many new roles for the ship with a major niche in adventure holidays and oceanographic expeditions that benefit the world's oceans.

First Hand Knowledge

Classic Sailing co-founder Adam Purser has recently sailed on board a dive expedition in Cape Verde. He spent quite a bit of time getting to know the ship, its style of operations and the characters in the crew. You can speak to him in Classic Sailing UK Office on 0044 (0)1872 580022

New friends on Adam's voyage
New friends on Adam's voyage

Customer Feedback

Here are a few customer comments from previous trips. We hope to have many more soon.

Terrific crew & ship and a lovely passage to the Azores. Crew & Guests very good and patient with someone who only spoke English. It would be difficult to find a better one. This is a terrifically well run vessel, or was on this trip. Excellent accommodation, well serviced by a professional crew. All very friendly, helpful and willing to give information throughout. Many opportunities to get involved in most aspects of the ships operation & involvement in the vessel's past history.The Island was beautiful and rather unexpected. Best wishes & Good Luck for the future.Very many thanks"
Keith H. 28-04-18

We had a terrific and adventurous time on board during the Sachsen Sail 2018 in the Bay of Biscay. Thank you to all Santa Maria Manuela crew members and maritime greetings from Leipzig, Germany. " Mario L. 25-09-18

Un voilier merveilleux avec un équipage très sympathique .Merci pour tout" Marie-francoise A. 05-09-18

 

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RESERVE YOUR PLACE FOR 7 DAYS WITHOUT FINANCIAL COMMITMENT

As long as the voyage is not about to start, Classic Sailing can reserve your place for 7 days without payment or financial commitment, whilst you talk to your boss, find a home to look after your dog, or check flight prices.

All Classic Sailing need from you is a completed booking form to start the process: We check availability, approve your booking form, and provisionally reserve a berth.  You place is confirmed and booking terms apply, only when you have paid the deposit. We strongly recommend you do not purchase flights or travel tickets until your voyage is fully confirmed.

Solo Sailors and Solo Occupancy

The majority of our sailors sail on their own. The boats will always ensure that solo sailors sharing the same cabin are the same sex. Sole occupancy is available on some vessels which will have an extra % charge which varies by vessel.

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