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A tall ship journey across the Bay of Biscay from Bordeaux to Porto

Set sail on this beautiful four masted tall ship from the waterfront city of Bordeaux and arrive in Porto, the capital of Portugal's Douro wine region. Your route crosses part of the Bay of Biscay at a pleasant time of year, and around the corner of Spain into Portugal. The crossing is about 3 days in light winds, and it is a good route for dolphin spotting as you sail near the continental shelf. Santa Maria Manuela hopes to visit La Coruna on the way to Porto so plenty of time to sample the wines and seafood of all these great European cities.

Embark
Wed, 26-06-2019 - 16:00
Bordeaux
Disembark
Tue, 02-07-2019 - 17:00
Porto
Duration
6 Nights
Vessel
Santa Maria Manuela
Voyage No.
SM260619

Berths and voyage availability

TYPE: 15-25 years pp. AVAILABILITY: Fully booked. PRICE: 525 EUR. BOOK NOW
TYPE: 4-6 berth cabin - en suite - pp. AVAILABILITY: Fully booked. PRICE: 700 EUR. BOOK NOW
TYPE: 2 Berth Ensuite Cabin Per Person. AVAILABILITY: Available. PRICE: 700 EUR. BOOK NOW

Santa Maria Manuela - Bordeaux to Porto

IDEAL VOYAGE FOR...

Tall ship fans that want to sail a four masted schooner, Sailors who want a decent sea journey with good dolphin watching potential, and travellers who want to experience a nautical way of life where they help sail the ship day and night for a short period. Those who can see the attractions of a mix of city culture in two great wine regions and the total contrast of 2-3 days open sea sailing, crossing part of the Bay of Biscay. Those looking for an affordable escape from a busy, technology driven life, and anyone who wants to feel the wind in their hair and sea salt on their skin.

VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Experience a 1937 legendary schooner that once fished Newfoundland Grand Banks
  • Set sail from the beautiful wine city of Bordeaux
  • Celebrate on arrival in Porto, the capital of Portugal's Douro wine region
  • Hands-on sailing experience in all aspects of the ships life;
  • Experience a 1937 legendary schooner that once fished Newfoundland Grand Banks
  • Meals with a Portuguese twist - they still love fish
steer a 4 masted schooner. Santa Maria Manuela

FULL VOYAGE DESCRIPTION

The ship sails from beautiful wine city of Bordeaux across the Bay of Biscay a towards La Coruna, in the north of Spain. As the winds in this area can be unpredictable, the ship has allowed 3 days to make the crossing to La Coruna. If Santa Maria Manuela makes good progress in favorable winds, they plan to stop in La Coruna for half a day to visit the city and its many restaurants. At the end of the day, the ship departs for Porto, where we plan to arrive the night of July 1 or Saturday morning of July 2.


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.

Launch in 1937 with her sister ship Creoula, and after many decades as a Portuguese cod fishing vessel in Newfoundland the renovated Santa Maria Manuela today is amongst the more comfortable tall ships on the water. All are welcomed aboard as members of the sailing crew and given every opportunity get personally involved in the sailing of the ship. No previous sailing experience is required to enjoy a voyage aboard the Santa Maria Manuela, just a spirit of adventure.

Portguese tall ships Creoula, Sagres & Santa Maria Manuela
Portguese tall ships Creoula, Sagres & Santa Maria Manuela. Photo by?

Bordeaux - Waterfront City

Join in France in this great waterfront city. Located on the mighty Gironde River, Bordeaux has hosted many a tall ship festival and it's waterfront feels little different from the days when numerous tall ships would have loading cargoes on its quaysides. 

The fast flowing river will whisk Santa Maria Manuela out into the Bay of Biscay swiftly and you are likely to head straight out to sea, as the French coastline down to Northern Spain is not a coastal hopping type of shore.  It should take 2-3 days to reach the corner of Northern Spain and the mountains make a dramatic backdrop. The ship aims to stop in La Coruna for perhaps half a day.

Watch for dolphins around Galician Coast

The seas on the border between Spain and Portugal are rich with fish. This is where the deep Atlantic Ocean meets the shallow continental shelf of Europe at its closest point to the coast. The steep underwater slope of the seabed creates currents and nutrients up welling from the deep, so the seas can team with fish, birds and dolphins.

dolphins

Arrive in Porto

You are in Santa Maria Manuela's own home waters now and what better way to arrive in Porto than on a Portuguese tall ship. The port and wine is still transported by river.

Santa Maria Manuela looks great at night in waterfront cities like porto
Tall Ships Santa Maria Manuela and Lord Nelson

 

WINDS, WAVES & WEATHER

Whilst the Bay of Biscay is notorious in winter,  at time of year the weather generally more stable and winds are much lighter.  You do have 700 miles to sail so you might not escape every bit of bad weather, so be prepared for everything, from blue calm seas to waves and the occasional low pressure system sweeping in with windier weather. Temperatures are mild and once the ship is tucked up a river it could well be pleasantly hot, summer weather. You may be at sea continuously for about 2-3 days, but the rest is more coastal sailing.

 

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.

Santa Maria Manuela - working on the bowsprit

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.

Eating al fresco on the vast decks of Santa Maria Manuela
Eating al fresco on the vast decks of Santa Maria Manuela

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

 

 

Bordeaux, France

Latest port updates

How to get here

Bordeaux is the final port of the Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta 2018. It’s located on a bend of the Garonne River, around 500 km south-west of Paris. The vibrant and high-spirited capital of south-west France hasn’t hosted a Tall Ships event since 1990, and this one just happens to coincide with the leading European wine festival, Bordeaux Fête le Vin (Bordeaux Wine Festival), which will celebrate its 20th anniversary during the event.

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.

Porto, Portugal

shipping Port in Porto. Photo from Pixabay
Latest port updates

Grayhound will pick up crew in 2019 on the waterfront close to Porto City Centre: The new Douro Marina is on the southern banks of the river close to the historic city of Gaia, home of the port wine lodges. From here the city of Porto can be walked to or easily accessed by the excellent metro/tram system in the city. 

At the mouth of the Rio Douro, the hilly city of Porto presents a jumble of styles, eras and attitudes: narrow medieval alleyways, extravagant baroque churches, prim little squares, and wide boulevards lined with stately beaux-arts edifices.

Porto’s historic centre is the Ribeira district, a Unesco World Heritage zone of winding lanes, zigzagging staircases and tiled churches peering around every corner. Old traditions live on as tripeiros (Porto residents) mingle before old storefronts, on village-style plazas and in the old houses of commerce where Roman ruins lurk beneath the foundations. On the downside, here and in other parts of the city centre stand many dilapidated early-20th-century town houses, left to crumble as the young flee to the sprawling suburbs by the sea.

Yet despite signs of decay, in the last two decades Porto has undergone a remarkable renaissance – which is expressed in the hum of its efficient metro system and in the gleam of some ambitious urban renewal projects in other parts of town. The crowning glories of the town are the two recent masterworks, Álvaro Siza Vieira’s Museu de Arte Contemporânea and Rem Koolhaas’ Casa da Música, which have turned the city into a pilgrimage site for architecture buffs. And there are signs that an infusion of youthful vitality is returning to the centre, with the arrival of new galleries and boutiques.

How to get here

Rail & transfers

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Air & transfers

Unless you are local, you will most likely be approaching by air, and arriving into Francisco Sa Carneiro Porto airport (OPO). Click here for a map of the area including the airport.

We would recommend that you take a taxi for the short transfer into the city.

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)

There is a wide range of accommodation depending on your budget and taste. We do not recommend any specifically, but would advise that you use an agent or tourist information centre, unless you know the city. TripAdvisor is also a good resource.

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.

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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