|Sun 30-03-2025, 14:00St Martin / St Maarten
|Wed 07-05-2025, 14:00Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Embark on a 38-day odyssey from Saint Martin to Rotterdam aboard Twister. Sail the Atlantic, experiencing the allure of Bermuda with its pastel houses and pink beaches. Navigate the open ocean, enjoying the wind at your back, lively conversations, and the thrill of swimming in deep waters.
Land in the Azores, known for dramatic landscapes and whale watching. Finally, journey to Rotterdam via the Channel Islands, celebrating your successful ocean crossing.
This is a voyage of a lifetime, blending adventure, tradition, and the joy of the open sea.
Adventurous beginners or experienced sailors looking to test themselves
Uniquely exciting mile building
Those keen to experience big ocean sailing
Step aboard Twister in the Caribbean paradise of St Marten and prepare for an adventurous Atlantic crossing to Europe, following ancient trade routes. Meet the crew, get familiarised with the ship, and get stuck in to the sailor’s way of life at sea, waving goodbye to the sight of land.
Your voyage to Europe promises unforgettable sights. As Twister sails the open ocean, the trade winds will carry you to the picturesque island of Bermuda in about six days. Bermuda, with its pastel houses, British influences, and famed pink beaches, is a tropical paradise waiting to be explored. Don’t miss the chance to visit the awe-inspiring Crystal Cave or dive into the coral reefs that surround the island.
Continuing your journey, the ship will ride the long waves, with the wind at her back. It’s the perfect opportunity for lively conversations, reading, or simply admiring the sea’s power. Swimming in the deep ocean, far from land, is a unique and exhilarating experience. Keep an eye out for tunas chasing flying fish – a real spectacle. You will also have the chance to learn the art of sail trimming, as you help the crew make the slightest adjustments to Twister’s rig to make the absolute most of the wind.
Land ho! After a long and rewarding sea journey, the sight of the Azores archipelago greets you. Known for its dramatic landscapes and whale-watching opportunities, the Azores is a true gem. Tradition dictates that you join the ship’s crew and head to Café Peter Sport for a gin & tonic and paint a stone on the harbour wall to commemorate Twister’s arrival.
Sailing towards the Channel, the change in sea conditions and temperature signals our proximity to home. You’ll make a brief stop at one of the Channel Islands to celebrate a successful ocean crossing before heading to Twister’s final destination, Rotterdam.
Throughout the voyage, expect pleasant temperatures and favourable winds. The winds usually cooperate, but this is a serious ocean voyage, and you should be prepared for the possibility of potentially rough conditions, particularly in the Western Approaches to the Channel and up the Dover Strait.
On a sailing voyage we never use the word itinerary, as skippers will always be aiming for the best and safest sailing routes for the forecast. They are as keen as you to include some of the highlights described above, but when it comes to sailing, you have to go with Mother Nature, not fight her. The description provided is based on what we think might be possible, based on past trips, or prior experience, but nothing is guaranteed on a sailing voyage. As such, the scheduled joining ports, routes, activities and/or destinations may be altered. Due to the complexities of weather systems, this may be at very short notice.
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. Handling cargo adds an extra dimension – building teamwork and communication skills and leaving you with a great sense of achievement.
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.
The tiny French-Dutch island of Saint-Martin, covering just 88km², is nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea and is renowned for its friendly welcome! The international airport is in the Dutch half of the island known as Sint Maarten. Ports like Marigot are on the French side to the North.
Much more than a beach lovers paradise, the island of St Martin with natural, cultural and amazingly friendly locals. Thanks to its climate and untouched natural heritage, the island offers unparrelleled year-round watersports and outdoor activity.
St Martin has its own unique identity, making it the perfect sunshine getaway to start or end a voyage. You will also find that the people of Saint Martin – fiercely proud of their “Friendly Island”, reputation – are very helpful.
Joining Blue Clipper in 2019 – the boat will plan to be anchored in Marigot Bay however its exact location will be open to change due to the port authorities.
There are a few places in Rotterdam where you could potentially be meeting your vessel. Make sure you have made a note of the ship’s phone number found in your final confirmation email in case of any problems on the day.
Rotterdam is easy to get by high speed train.
YOUR PASSPORT! Along with any other required travel documentation. Please read the joining instructions you receive from the Ship carefully to ensure you have everything you need.
N.B. BOATS HAVE LIMITED STORAGE SPACE SO PLEASE PACK AS LIGHTLY AS POSSIBLE. Don't use a rigid suitcase or a bag with a rigid frame. Soft bags are much easier to fold up and stow.
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