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Ships from all over Europe are heading for Brest International Festival of the sea

Traditional boats and tall ships from Russia, Poland, Scandinavia and all points of the compass will be sailing towards Brest International Festival of the Sea 2020. Morgenster will be cruising her way down the Normandy and Brittany coast, via her favourite anchorages and ports. A Channel Islands stop is quite likely and the beaches are stunning. As Morgenster gets closer to the corner of France and Ushant, the likelihood of some encounters with interesting sailing ships increases an everyone starts to get excited about this huge gathering that only occurs every 4 years. The Brest International Festival of the Sea 2020 officially starts on the 10th July.

Embark
Sun, 05-07-2020 - 17:00
Fécamp, France
Disembark
Fri, 10-07-2020 - 10:00
Brest, France
Duration
5 Days
Vessel
Morgenster
Voyage No.
MR050720

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Morgenster - Fecamp to Brest

IDEAL VOYAGE FOR...

Morgenster is one of the best for your first tall ships experience. She is small enough not to feel overwhelmed, but big enough to try everything you find a square sailed tall ship. This 5 day cruising voyage gives you a bit more than a taster with scope for night sailing, more than one or two ports and anchorages to stop at and is very good value for money. 

As you approach the Chanel du Four or the entrance to Brest itself, there will be plenty of other interesting vessels and tall ships arriving for the Brest International Festival of the Sea. There is a long approach channel and bay called the Rade de Brest and it is possible to sail all the way to the port if the winds are right. 

VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sail towards the start of the Brest Festival of the Sea 2020
  • Meet other Tall Ships Sailing in the English Channel and North Biscay
  • Possible Stops in the Channel Isles
  • Possible stops along the Brittany Coast or islands. 
  • Night Sailing and Working in a Watch System
  • Choose Between a Two or Four Berth Cabin (or a hammock)
Morgenster

FULL VOYAGE DESCRIPTION

Come on board in Fecamp in the early summer evening and have a decent meal with the other guests and the crew. If the weather is right you will leave that evening. 

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.

Islands on route

Morgenster crew love to anchor in the Channel Isles and it is a likely stop en route. The waters are blue in the height of summer and the beaches on places like Alderney, Sark or Guernsey are dazzling white.

Brehat with its pink granite or Ushant with its lonely lighthouses are also interesting possible stops. 

the lovely island of Sark
the lovely island of Sark

Festival Vibe - Out to Sea

Such is the draw of Brest Festival for traditional sailors, we suspect there will be a lot of keen tall ship sailors on board, which makes sail handling a bit slicker. You should be able to feel the ship can set sail and reach its full potential, quicker than a voyage with mostly novices. By the time you have reached the corner of France and are venturing out into the Atlantic facing coast of Brittany you will feel like a proper tall ship sailor. Ships from all over the world will be catching the same fast tides to whisk then around the corner. Each ship will want to look their best on arrive in Brest.....and at French festivals that means sail handling skills, not brass polishing.

La Cancalaise strutting her stuff off Brest
La Cancalaise strutting her stuff off Brest

Brest International Festival of the Sea 2020

Brest and the inland sea known as the Rade de Brest have been the home of the French Navy for centuries. Pop a Hornblower book in your rucksack and read about cutting out expeditions in this infamous entrance.

You are departing on the first day of the festival, so make sure you leave a bit of time to visit the stalls, soak up the live street theatre and music and check out some of the other tall ships.

Morgenster and people

WINDS, WAVES & WEATHER

A lovely time of year to sail and seas warm enough to swim in.  You can get wild weather come in with occasional summer gales but July is usually a stable weather month. The seas can be rough where you have strong tidal rips around Alderney of Ushant.

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
  • Alcoholic Drinks
  • Towels
  • Waterproofs
  • Personal Travel Insurance

 

 

Morgenster and another tall ship

IDEAL VOYAGE FOR...

 

VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS

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FULL VOYAGE DESCRIPTION

A bit of Sizzle then…..


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.


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WINDS, WAVES & WEATHER

winds / how rough / climate etc - keep it generic rather than seasonal.

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
  • Alcoholic Drinks
  • Towels
  • Waterproofs

 

 

Fécamp, France

chasing the french is always fun
Latest port updates

Fecamp has been a port since Roman times. It is North of the River Seine and the Ferry Port of Le Havre is only 35 km away. It is about the same distance from Dieppe in the other direction. Historically a herring fishing port and home of whalers in the 19th century, Fecamp has deep seafaring roots.

How to get here

By Ferry & Road

For UK sailors DFDS runs a ferry to Dieppe from Newhaven in East Sussex. There are multiple daily crossings and it only takes 4 hours.

Brittany Ferries run a service between Portsmouth and Le Harve.

Rail & transfers

The best way to get from Paris to Fécamp is by train which takes 3h 19m and costs 35€ - 65€. (2020 prices)

Alternatively, you can bus from Paris to Fecamp via Place, which costs 3€ - 130€ and takes 3h 32m.

Air & transfers

There are small French airports nearby like Deauville but Paris Orly airport is the nearest international airport (or Paris Charles de Gaulle) if you are coming from afar. there are good bus links to Fecamp - approx 200km

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Feeling Guilty? - Carbon Offsetting Schemes

Our sailing holidays are green by nature, but getting to our voyages can be a different story.

If our customers want to sail from islands, cross continents under sail, or join in ships in distant sailing grounds, their adventure often involves buying a flight.

Carbon Offset - help us grow the Classic Sailing Forest 

In a bid to overcome the carbon problem of flights, we hope our customers will contribute to a Classic Sailing Forest and help us plant 10,000 trees in 2020.

As sailors with a high level of wanderlust ourselves and a love of the sea and nature we don't want to be anti-travel, but we do want to fight climate change.

Donations are purely voluntary but we urge you to donate enough to make a carbon positive difference if you can, or at least offset to a carbon 'neutral' balance for any flight.

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.

Brest, France

Latest port updates

Brest is a fairly large port and there are a couple of possible places that you can join your vessel. Make sure that you have the skippers mobile with you, so that you can liaise on the joining day. Details of the vessel location will be sent to you, either from our office or direct from the skipper via text or email. 

How to get here

By Road & Parking

If you're driving from London, take the M4 west to the junction with the M5 going south to Exeter. From Exeter, head southwest on the A38 to Plymouth. Follow the signs for the ferry terminal into the city ( Brittany Ferries are the only cross channel ferry service from Plymouth).

BOOKING TIP: Unless you are booking E1015 (Brest - Brest) voyage and just want the convenience of driving your car to the ferry port we recommend you use public transport or some other cunning plan as car parking at the terminal costs more than most ferry tickets !

National Express has frequent daily bus services between London's Victoria Coach Station and Plymouth. The trip takes 5 ½ hours. Call National Express on 08705 808080 for schedules and information.

Ferry

Ferry routes are Plymouth - Roscoff (for Brest). It takes approximately 15 minutes to walk to the ferry terminal from Plymouth town centre and 20 minutes from both the train and bus stations.

By Train

Frequent trains run from London's Paddington Station to Plymouth in 3 ¼ to 4 hours. For rail information, tel. 08457 484950 in the UK. Plymouth Train Station lies on North Road, 5 minutes from the City Centre, so a taxi to ferry terminal is easiest, or a 20 min walk. 

Air & transfers

Brest Airport has regular scheduled flights from London (Heathrow, Gatwick, City), Southampton (in Summer), Glasgow, Manchester Birmingham, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Bristol, Luton, Cardiff.

In Europe there are scheduled flights direct to Brest from Dublin, Paris ( Charles de Gaulle & Paris - Orly) Bordeaux, Lyon-St Exupery, Marsaille, Nice, Toulon.

From outside Europe, flights into Paris (Charles de Gaulle Airport) give you the option of a domestic flight to Brest or high speed TGV train.

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Places to stay, Things to do, Travel companions

From a sailing point of view, the main advantage of Brest as a joining port for Classic Sailing is that it is 'around the corner.'  The North Brittany coast is pretty rugged until you sail around the north western corner of France inside the island of L' Ouessant using the Chanel du Four tidal race. After the Pte de Matthieu it can still be wild, but there are more islands and bay to anchor in, rather than vast rock plateaux extending from the shore. You also enter the French sailors summer sailing playground - just too far for most GB yachts from the Solent to reach for a weeks vacation.

Brest has good transport links with the rest of France and Europe, its own airport only 20 mins from the city centre. It is not difficult to reach from the UK via the nearby ferry port of Roscoff (coach / train) with minimal walking distances to the train station, and from Brest railway station downhill to the marina berth.

We do recommend you book any foot passenger ferry tickets early as this is a very popular route for UK cars going to France and avoiding Calais / Paris routes in summer.

Brest is the 2nd most important Naval Base in France. It is also an important university town with over 23 000 students. Oceanographic research is important to France and 60% of its research linked with the sea is based in Brest, so it is a truely nautical city.

Every 4 years it holds the famous Brest International Festival of the Sea, which we usually try not to miss. Eve has sailed in every festival since 2000, when there were over 3000 traditional boats and tall ships from around the world. The next is planned is Brest 2016.

The whole city centre overlooks the harbour and the vast inland sea of the Rade de Brest creates 15 000 hectares of outer harbour with an attractive rural backdrop and small seaside villages only a few miles across the water from the city.

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.

Morgenster

Morgenster is a 48m tall ship, traditionally rigged as a brig, with square sails on her two masts. Join her as a member of her guest crew as she explores Northern France, the channel Islands and the Baltic this summer.  Morgenster (Morning Star) has taken part in many International Tall Ships Races and is proven as a fast sailor. This sail training vessel is well known in Holland, where she is based, and is making a name for herself further afield as an adventure charter vessel.

Statistics

 

  • Length overall: 48m 
  • Length on deck:

 

  • Year built: 1919/2010
  • Vessel type/rig: Brig 

 

  • Guest berths:  24 
  • Crew berths:   10

 

Our expert view: What Morgenster Does Best

Laid Back Style, Educational & Fun

Morgenster has managed to excel in both thoughtful and educational sail training voyages for young people, and extremely hospitable adventure cruising for adults to locations like Cape Verde or the Canaries.

The style of sailing is laid back, but don't under estimate the professionalism of the crew. The Netherlands has a big fleet of working sailing ships and the famous Enkhuizen Zeevaartschool (Nautical College) training future mariners in sail as well as modern ships, so the standard of volunteer and paid crew is generally high, with excellent English used as the working language.

Morgenster has two captain's. Harry and Jakob. Harry is well respected throughout the sail training world and loves to teach and Jakob has just won Sail Trainer of the Year 2017.

Young crews on Morgenster

 

Sail with the Owners - Loving What They Do

Morgenster means Morning Star, and she is the second sailing ship that Harry and Marianne have run together, over many years. They knew exactly what they wanted when they bought a new ship. This sociable Dutch couple put a huge deal of thought and good design into the conversion of Morgenster from deep sea fishing vessel hull to a well functioning and elegant square rigger in 2008. Harry loves his music too so musical instruments and a bit of crew singing often feature during a voyage or in port.

Director of Classic Sailing Adam Purser sailed with them in 2016. When I asked him what was special about the ship, his first comment was:

Best Bit about Morgenster: Harry & Marian - Their enthusiasm for their ship and the love of what they do." Adam Purser 2016

Harry and Marian Mutter run tall ship Morgenster
Harry and Marian Mutter run tall ship Morgenster

Manoeuvrable and Fast Clipper Brig

‘Morgenster’ is rigged as a brig, or a 'clipper-brig' as the Dutch like to describe it. This particular mast and sail arrangement was developed by the Americans during their struggle for independence. A brig only has two masts and has square sails on both masts. The heavy English Man o' War ’s were not fit to catch the light and fast American brigs and schooners who used the “hit and run” tactics to great advantage and considerable embarrassment to the English Royal Navy.

The famous clippers were developed from these fast schooners and brigs. Morgenster frequently does well at Tall Ships Races, and Captain Harry likes to sail right up to the dock at festivals and events if he can.  

Morgenster is a fast brig that does well in tall ships races

 

Sailing Style

On board Morgenster—as on all of Classic Sailing holidays—you are not a passenger but part of the guest crew. You will be assigned a watch together with the professional crew to sail, steer and navigate the ship. No sailing experience is necessary. The crew will be happy to explain the functions of all the ropes.

Whilst Morgenster is only 2m shorter than Oosterschelde, the rig is very different. She is the ideal size tall ship for old and young crew, with square sails on two masts and 7 yards with sails to stow aloft.   Climbing up the rigging is easier than on Oosterschelde as the first yards and platforms are not as high, so you can learn to climb a bit higher each day. Going aloft is not compulsory, but the view is great and the ships crew will train you on how to climb and what to do to stow sails or release the gaskets so sails can be set. There is plenty to learn on deck too. To manoeuvre the ship or trim the sails it needs a team a deck level to brace the yards. There are plenty of ropes to learn, or if you just want a holiday, we can show you what to pull to get the ship sailing.  A great place to be is out in the bowsprit netting, but if the ship is sailing fast you might get a bit wet.  There are safety harnesses for going out on bowsprit or aloft.

Working aloft on tall ship Morgenster. sailing holidays on a square rigger

Life on Board

Below decks the two and four cabins are fitted with a washbasin with hot and cold water. There is a spacious saloon which is the heart of the ship. Showers and toilets are separate. All cabins have a ventilation system or heating you can control. Bedding and towels are included. The ship is steel, but the interior has been made as characterful and homely as possible, with wood features and paintings on the bulkheads.

In hot sailing areas like Cape Verde the ever present trade winds keep it a pleasant temperature below decks. She has a large galley and cook and you can buy drinks at the bar. On board euros are accepted but not credit cards.

happy crew on tall ship Morgenster

See section on accommodation for more.

Accommodation on Classic Sailing ships - saloon on morgenster

Below Decks on Morgenster

 

Cabins

Morgenster has four x 2-berth cabins and four x 4-berth cabins so she can take a total of 24 guest crew. Bed linen is provided and each cabin has a basin with hot and cold running water. Showers and toilets are seperate - outside the cabin.

If Morgenster is taking part in tall ships races or youth sail training she can take up to 36 crew as there is room for another 12 trainees in hammocks in the saloon. Morgenster will only take 24 guests for adult charter voyages.

two bed cabin with hand basin on Morgenster
two berth cabin with hand basin on Morgenster
4 berth cabin on Morgenster

Saloon

accommodation down below. saloon and dining area on Morgenster
wide companionway steps into the saloon and dining area on Morgenster

Facilities on Deck

On deck behind the fore mast you find a door to the Riggers Bar. This bar serves out the beverages during the daytrips. In this small deckhouse you also find a Lady’s toilet on portside and a Gent’s on starboard.

There is a also a small indoor mess for the watch on deck with bench seating - known as the coffee shop - situated behind the main mast on deck.

Deck Layout & Below Decks Layout

Morgenster racing a larger tall ship at an international tall ships race

 

Length overall:   48 m

length on deck:   38 m

Beam: 6.75 m

Draft:   2.4 m

Sail Area:   600 sq m

Guest crew: 24 in bunks (+ 12 in hammocks on youth trips)

Professional Crew: Up to 10 berths

 

Engine: Scania DI 13  450 HP

Generator 1:  John Deere 62 KVA

Generator 2:  Mitsubushi 20 KVA

Emergency generator: Hatz

Watermaker:

Steering: Ships wheeel - Hydraulic

Certificates and safety

Morgenster’s safety management system is supervised and certificated by Bureau Veritas.
For safety the Morgenster is under the supervision of the register Holland and the  Netherlands Shipping Inspectorate. She therefore sails under two safety certification schemes.

 

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Harry Mutter is the Captain of Morgenster

Morgenster Captain & Crew

Captain Harry & Marianne Mutter

It is hard to talk about Captain Harry without mentioning his wife Marianne as they are a great team.

Morgenster means Morning Star, and she is the second sailing ship that Harry and Marianne have run together, over many years. They knew exactly what they wanted when they bought a new ship. This sociable Dutch couple put a huge deal of thought and good design into the conversion of Morgenster from deep sea fishing vessel hull to a well functioning and elegant square rigger in 2008. Harry loves his music too so musical instruments and a bit of crew singing often feature during a voyage or in port.

Director of Classic Sailing Adam Purser sailed with them in 2016. When I asked him what was special about the ship, his first comment was:

Best Bit about Morgenster: Harry & Marian - Their enthusiasm for their ship and the love of what they do." Adam Purser 2016

Morgenster Captain Jakob
Morgenster Captain Jakob & Mate Pauline

Captain Jakob - Sail Trainer of the Year 2017

Jakob has been Morgenster's other full time Captain since 2016. In 2017 he won Sail Training International's award for the best 'Sail Trainer of the Year.' 

Jakob is originally from Germany but was introduced to sailing when he joined a school sailing trip in the Netherlands’ inshore waters. He liked so much that he knew that this would be his future. Immediately after finishing his school he joined the Dutch inshore fleet as a deck hand on the age of 18. The Dutch language he picked up rapidly, as he would do with English and a bit of French later.

At the age of 22 he joined Morgenster as an apprentice deck rating and hotel manager. Meanwhile in winter he followed the mate education on the seafarer school of Enkhuizen. Next year he started as a mate and developed fast as a first mate on Morgenster and master since 2016.

Current sailing grounds

Morgenster - Kit List

Aloft clothing on Morgenster

Included

  • Sailing Instruction
  • All meals to include refreshments throughout the day
  • Duvet, pillow and sheets
  • Hand towels

What is not Included

  • Waterproof jackets and trousers
  • Alcoholic drinks but there is a bar on board

What to Bring

Suitcases take up a lot of room in a cabin, so it is better to uses soft bags in a ship. A small rucksack for going ashore is useful.

  • Morgenster does not supply waterproof jackets and salopette type trousers. Please bring your own waterproof clothing.
  • A mix of warm and wind proof clothing.
  • Lots of thin layers is better than one thick layer in cold destinations.
  • In tropical countries - long sleeves and long trousers to protect you from the sun 
  • Footwear on board needs a good grip and soft soles- the decks are wood or steel.
  • Ashore stout, waterproof walking boots are best if you are in remote places.
  • Morgenster has European 2 pin sockets 240 V
  • Cameras, chargers and video recorders
  • Binoculars are handy for bird watching etc.
  • Suntan lotion, hats, sunglasses
  • Dont forget any regular medication, persciption glasses and spare
  • Euros for bar bill
  • Passport, travel insurance, tickets etc
  •  To get ashore is usually by dinghy so be prepared to get wet feet. Rubber boots or quick drying sandals - depending on the location.
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Morgenster - Reviews

Credit to Carol Van Dellen Viggars
Online Reviews

 

I loved it.

I loved everything about my week. The crew were fantastic, the ship was beautiful, the singing on the deck was great fun, the dolphins were around a lot. It was brilliant!

Least enjoy - Nothing.

Why do I Sail?

I love the ocean and have always loved boats. For this particular voyage I was also researching a children's book involving mermaids and pirates!

Liz K sailed in 2017

 

What was the best bit?

Climbing in the rigging, unfurling the sails on the yardarm. 
The cameraderie between the paid and guest crew was second to none. A fantastic atmosphere. Singing in the evenings on deck accompanied by guitar and trumpet. New Year on St Lucia, we celebrated the New Year 3 times (once for Dutch/European time, once for GMT and once for Caribbean time).
The sun glinstering off the ocean surface like a thousand shards of broken mirror.......flying fish like small humming birds skimming over the surface of the water, dolphins on New Years day: what a start to 2019!
Too wonderful to describe, a life changing experience, I want to pack in my job and sail the world! (making plans now) - Carol from Caribbean Season 2019. 

Great experience, will definitely be doing it again.  Climbing the rigging was the best bit. 'First time' sailor. John M July 2018

"Thank you for a very nice trip, some hours on Kattegatt this afternoon. Beautiful boat, nice and joyful captain and crew. I loved it! Wish you all a really nice trip during Tall Ships Races. And I would love to join again someday for a longer trip." Camilla A. June 2017

Thank you Harry, Mariann and all your wonderful crew for an amazing week on Morgenster. Great food Will, such patient climbing instruction Michelle, fun birthday outing Evy and lovely guests from 80 to 22 years old. So many highlights but sailing at night with sparkling dolphins at the bow was truly breathtaking!" Sue G.

Just returned from 11 days sailing round Cape Verde. The whole experience was exceptional - friendly, knowledgeable and caring crew; wonderful sailing (the 4am night watch experience was particularly magical!); interesting trips exploring the islands; and great food." Julia G-F

The View from Aloft by Virginia Spencer
The View from Aloft by Virginia Spencer

Thank you Harry, Marian, Joost, Rene, Hessel & Willie for a fantastic week's sailing. I'll be humming sea shanties and saying "o nay!!!" for days! I really hope to sail with you again. Happy New Year" Kerry Mc C.

Had a fantastic trip around Cape Verde, Jan/Feb 2016. Lovely crew, felt like a family. Thanks to you all xxxx. Really special people and a holiday to remember. My penguins X" Louise G

What a fantastic time, thanks to everyone on the Morgenster both crew and passengers hope to see you all again, maybe next year?" George Mc L

Harry, Marian and their crew make your stay on board the Morgenster wonderful!" Aleike K

What was the best bit?

The trip was fabulous. The crew were incredibly supportive and even helped me overcome enough of my fear to get out onto the first yard. I felt that I was included in everything and that my contribution, however small, was appreciated. The food was excellent and there were plenty of drinks and snacks throughout the day. We had gorgeous weather all the way. I really enjoyed it. - Caribbean Season 2019 by Amanda G. 

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Itinerary

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 above, but you have to go with Mother Nature, not fight her.

Visas and Vaccinations

Classic sailing is unable to be an expert for advice on visas and vaccinations for customers traveling outside their own country.

Please seek advice relating to your nationality traveling to the countries of your voyage from the country you will be setting off from and returning to.

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In most instances, you will need a passport that expires six months or more after your return to your home country.

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