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Blue Water Crossing aboard Santa Maria Manuela

Berth Type

Shared Cabins Price per person


€1165 1665

Two Bunk Cabins lower deck price per person


€2700 2700

Two Bunk Cabins upper deck price per person


€2835 2835

Master Cabin for Four (1 x double, 2 x singles)

Last Place!

€7020 7020

Embark Disembark Vessel DurationVoyage No
Tue 12-09-2023, 10:00Angra do Heroismo, Terceira, Azores Thu 21-09-2023, 10:00Lisbon, Portugal Santa Maria Manuela 9 NightsSM120923

This blue water crossing is a great tall ship sailing experience.  The usual wind is from the north throughout this voyage so we hope to sail all the way with the wind on our beam just as she was designed to sail 80 years ago when she sailed to Newfoundland on the cod expeditions. 

  • Voyage
  • Vessel


  • Travel in comfort in the newly renovated Santa Maria Manuela
  • Sail 855 nautical miles from the Azores to Lisbon with the usual wind abeam
  • ands-on sailing experience in all aspects of the ship’s life
  • Spot for whales and dolphins, fish, share sailing stories by the bar or lose yourself in a good book
  • Support our citizen science project to raise awareness of the problem with marine litter
  • Sail into Lisbon at sunrise under Lisbon’s 25 de Abril suspension bridge
  • After disembarking consider spending a few days exploring Lisbon with its bustling cobbled streets, rich history, ancient culture and vibrant night life.

Santa Maria Manuela

Vessel type / Rig Gaff Schooner
Guest Berths 50
Beam 33ft
Draft 18ft
Deck Length 173ft
Overall Length 225ft
Tonnage 992 tons
Year Built 1937
More about the Vessel

Voyage Description



You join the beautiful Santa Maria Manuela in the UNESCO-listed Angra do Heroísmo, Terceira, the oldest city in the Azores.  Over 850 miles of blue ocean awaits you before arriving into Lisbon, cruising along its historic shores and passing beneath the magnificent 25 Abril suspension bridge.

The prevailing north wind is expected throughout the voyage, allowing for a potential sail with the wind on the ship’s beam, reminiscent of its original design 80 years ago during the cod expeditions to Newfoundland.

The year marks the 39th anniversary of the ban on whaling in the Azores. As a result of this prohibition, whale populations have thrived and returned in significant numbers to their former feeding grounds in the Azores so chances are good to see the magnificent creatures. Sperm whales, alongside blue, fin, and sei whales, as well as bottlenose, Atlantic spotted, and common dolphins, are commonly sighted during this time of year.

The crew takes great pleasure in sharing their sailing expertise with the guests, encouraging active participation in all aspects of shipboard life. Volunteers are always welcome to assist in hoisting the gaff tops and trimming the sails for optimal speed. The experience of steering a 67-meter sailing ship and witnessing its response to the helm’s command is truly unforgettable.

Knot classes offer an opportunity to acquire new skills while exchanging sailing tales with fellow shipmates. If the weather permits, there’s also a chance to ascend the mast or relax in the bowsprit netting.

As you sail along this historic trading route back to continental Europe, you may find it impossible not to be captivated by the beauty and power of the ocean.  It may seem equally impossible that man could have had an impact on such a remote stretch of water.  It is at this point that, thanks to the support of SMM’s partners at Waste Free Oceans, you are invited to participate in  a citizen science project to help assess the purity of the waters in which we sail.  At intervals during the voyage, we will trawl a small net to capture what is floating in the ocean, be it plankton, fish or small pieces of ocean litter and microplastics.  Many find it shocking to see evidence of mans impact on the environment hundreds of miles offshore, but this has a powerful effect, inspiring us to take action, and your contribution will help raise awareness, and inspire change. 

Sailing up the Rio Tejo as the sun rises offers a truly spectacular view of Lisbon’s historic shoreline.

Upon disembarking, guests are encouraged to consider spending a few days exploring Lisbon, with its bustling cobbled streets, rich history, ancient culture, and vibrant nightlife.

Whale Watching with Classic Sailing

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


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.


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.


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 01326 53 1234 and we can chat through your concerns and possibly find options that might suit you better.


Start & End Port

Angra do Heroismo, Terceira, Azores

This is a  UNESCO-listed port, Angra do Heroísmo, the Azores’ oldest city, with its 16th-century fortress and Renaissance town. Serra de Santa Bárbara Algar do Carvão with its 90m-deep volcanic chimney, and the island’s small vineyards and lava-rock bathing pools in Biscoitos are popular tourist sites.

Lisbon, Portugal

Yard of the Palace#

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.

Lisbon is a marvellous City, grand architecture and the Yard of the Palace shown above, narrow streets that climb up the hillside, jump on one the historic trams is it winds it away along the lanes.

Trams in Lisbon

Kit List

What to pack for a sailing holiday on the Eye of the Win

Below is a recommended travel packing list for a sailing voyage. See bottom of page for Diving Holiday Kit List


  • 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
  • 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.


We had the most amazing time. The crew were so friendly and helpful, the food was great throughout, and the cabins were really comfortable. We both climbed the rigging as the sun was setting over Porto Santo to round off a brilliant last day with the new friends we met. Thanks for the wonderful experience.

Ian & Dayna

I have sailed many times on tall ships, this is by far the best yet.

sailing for beginners


Terrific crew and ship and a lovely passage to the Azores. Crew and guests were very good and patient with someone who only spoke English. This is a terrifically well run vessel. 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 operations. Very many thanks.


An amazing ship and amazing crew.


We had a terrific and adventurous time on board during Sachsen Sail in the Bay of Biscay. Thank you to all Santa Maria Manuela crew members!


Un voilier merveilleux avec un équipage très sympathique. Merci pour tout.

A splendid ship with a very kind crew. Thank you for everything.


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