|Sun 02-04-2023, 10:00Lisbon, Portugal||Sun 09-04-2023, 10:00Málaga, Spain||Santa Maria Manuela||7 Nights||SM020423|
City hopping from Portugal’s historic capital Lisbon to Andalusia’s bustling coastal city of Malaga, via the ancient Spanish city of Cadiz. This week long voyage is a great opportunity for relaxing sailing along stunning coastlines, with chances to explore 3 of the Iberian Peninsula’s most fascinating coastal cities.
|Vessel type / Rig||Gaff Schooner|
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.
Set sail along Lisbon’s historic city shoreline, under the 25 de Abril suspension bridge to spend the first 48 hours at sea learning the ropes of the Santa Maria Manuela.
There´s nothing our crew like more then to share their knowledge of sailing with our guests, and they will encourage you to get actively involved with all aspects of the ship’s life. Volunteers to hoist the gaff tops and trim the sails are always welcome, and the feeling of helming a 67m sailing ship with the sensation as she responds to the command of the wheel is something to savor forever.
Knot classes are a great way to learn a new skill whilst sharing sailing stories with shipmates, and if the weather allows there’s the opportunity to go up the mast or relax in the bowsprit netting. A drink at sunset on the deck is the perfect way to round off each day.
We sail south through the same waters which witnessed the Battle of Trafalgar, towards the welcoming sight of Spain’s ancient port city, Cádiz, home to a gold-domed cathedral and more than 100 watchtowers. Generally considered to be the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in Europe, founded in about 1100 BC. Cadiz’s ancient centre is surrounded almost entirely by water, and is a romantic jumble of sinuous streets where Atlantic waves crash against eroded sea walls, cheerful taverns fry up fresh fish and salty beaches teem with sun-worshippers.
There’s time to explore the family run restaurants, and myriad of decorative churches concealed within the labyrinth of cobbled streets before we sail south again, through the Gibraltar Straights towards Malaga. We hope for calm seas for our last evening for our celebratory deck BBQ before disembarking after a hearty breakfast.
The tour guides encourage visitors to ‘come for the sun — stay for the boho art scene, Moorish heritage, hidden panoramic views, and authentic Andaluz tapas. Loaded with history and brimming with a youthful vigor that proudly acknowledges its multi-layered past, the city that gave the world Picasso has transformed itself in spectacular fashion, with half a dozen new art galleries and a radically rethought port area.
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.
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.
Below is a recommended travel packing list for a sailing voyage.
See bottom of page for Diving Holiday Kit List
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.
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.
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.
This is a list of the items we recommend you bring with you.
You can buy Santa Maria Manuela caps on board.
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.
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.
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
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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