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Sat 15-06-2024, 10:00A Coruna Thu 20-06-2024, 10:00La Rochelle, France Morgenster 5 NightsMS240615

Begin your six-day, 350-nautical-mile journey in A Coruna, a Spanish port with a rich history and vibrant culture. Sail through the Bay of Biscay, once frequented by Basque whalers, and keep an eye out for whales. If conditions allow, we’ll explore an island near La Rochelle before entering its renowned twin-towered harbour. La Rochelle itself is a charming mix of the old and new, worth an extended visit.


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VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Start in A Coruna, Spain.
  • Six-day journey.
  • Cover 350 nautical miles.
  • Sail through old Basque whaling grounds.
  • Possible island visit near La Rochelle.
  • End in La Rochelle’s iconic harbour.
  • Number of nights at sea: 5.

Morgenster

Vessel type / Rig Brig
Guest Berths 24
Beam 19.6ft
Draft 8ft
Deck Length 125ft
Overall Length 151ft
Tonnage 159 tons
Year Built 1919
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Voyage Description

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.

Meet the Morgenster: A Floating Masterpiece
The Morgenster is no ordinary ship; she’s a square rigger, demanding a larger crew to make her truly come alive. It’s a bit like directing an orchestra; every hand plays a part in creating a harmonious journey. From hoisting the sails to steering the ship, there’s a role for everyone, and you’re encouraged to dive in as much as you wish. 

Sailing across Biscay from A Coruna to La Rochelle

Your maritime escapade kicks off in the captivating city of A Coruna, Spain. This isn’t just any port; it’s a treasure trove of history and culture. Imagine standing beneath the Tower of Hercules, an ancient Roman lighthouse that has guided sailors for centuries, or wandering through the city’s lively tapas bars and historic squares. It’s the kind of place that beckons you to linger a while longer, soaking up its unique atmosphere.

Once we’ve gathered and gone through the essential sailing briefings, we’ll unfurl the sails and make our way into the Bay of Biscay. These waters are steeped in lore, once the stomping grounds of Basque whalers. And guess what? Some of their quarry, the majestic whales, still frequent these parts. So, keep your binoculars and cameras handy; this could be a once-in-a-lifetime sighting.

Navigating through 350 nautical miles over the course of six exhilarating days, we’ll be at the mercy of the winds. If they’re on our side, we might just find ourselves dropping anchor at one of the picturesque islands that dot the waters near La Rochelle.

And speaking of La Rochelle, this isn’t just a disembarkation point; it’s a destination in its own right. Guarded by its famed twin towers, this harbour town is a delightful mix of historical charm and modern comforts. Whether it’s exploring the old harbour, taking in the maritime museums, or simply enjoying a fine French meal, La Rochelle invites you to extend your adventure on terra firma.

WINDS, WAVES & WEATHER

June often graces these coastal waters with moderate winds, perfect for hoisting your sails and letting the sea carry you along. While the seas can be relatively calm, it’s wise to keep a weather eye open for the occasional swell. Remember, the sea has its own rhythm, but your seasoned crew will guide you skilfully through any surprises. So, if you’re yearning for a June adventure, consider this voyage and let the winds of A Corunna whisk you towards the charming shores of La Rochelle.

A NOTE ON VOYAGE DESCRIPTIONS

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. 

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. Handling cargo adds an extra dimension – building teamwork and communication skills and leaving you with a great sense of achievement.

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.

Start & End Port

A Coruna

Faro lighthouse A Coruna

A Coruna

 

The exact location of your ship within the harbour will be given in time for your voyage.

How to Get There

 

From the UK  

The most straightforward way to get to A Coruña from the UK is by plane. Direct flights are available from London to A Coruña Airport, which is about 8 km from the city centre. If you fancy a road trip, you can drive through France and Spain, but be prepared for a journey that could take upwards of 20 hours. Coaches are also available but are the least recommended due to the long travel time.

 

From Europe  

If you’re coming from other parts of Europe, flights are plentiful and usually quite affordable. Alternatively, you can take a train into Madrid and then a domestic train to A Coruña. The Spanish rail system is efficient and offers a scenic journey.

 

From North America  

Transatlantic flights usually land in Madrid or Barcelona. From there, you can catch a domestic flight to A Coruña or opt for a train journey if you’re not in a rush.

 

From Australia  

For our mates down under, the journey is a long one. The most practical way is to fly into a major European hub like London or Madrid and then take a connecting flight to A Coruña.

 

What to Do in A Coruña

 

History  

The Tower of Hercules, an ancient Roman lighthouse, is a must-see. It’s not just a historical marvel but also offers panoramic views of the Atlantic. The city is also home to several museums like the Museum of Fine Arts and the Archaeological Museum.

 

Culture  

A Coruña is rich in Galician culture. The city comes alive during the Festival of María Pita, celebrating a local heroine. Traditional Galician music and dance are integral to the city’s cultural fabric.

 

Sites of Interest to a Sailor  

The coastline here is a sailor’s dream. Riazor and Orzán beaches offer stunning views of the Atlantic. The coastline is dotted with smaller harbours, and while we don’t care for marinas, these are charming spots to drop anchor. Don’t miss the Punta Herminia and the Monte de San Pedro for some of the best views.

 

Entertainment  

The city has a vibrant nightlife with a plethora of bars and clubs. Live music is common, and you’ll often find traditional Galician tunes being played alongside modern genres.

 

Eating Out  

Seafood is the star of the show here. Octopus, shellfish, and hake are local favourites. For a unique dining experience, try the ‘pulpeiras,’ or octopus stalls.

 

Nature  

Beyond the sea, A Coruña offers lush landscapes and parks. The Garden of San Carlos offers a peaceful retreat, and for those looking to hike, the Fragas do Eume natural park is just a short drive away.

 

Unique Features  

What sets A Coruña apart is its blend of modernity and tradition, its love for the sea, and its warm, welcoming people. It’s a place where every sunset over the Atlantic feels like a personal performance, just for you.

 

Special Interests

If you have a special interest that you would like to find out about for this port or to tell us about, we would love to hear from you.

 

Sustainable Travel Carbon Offset Schemes

 

By selecting sustainable travel options and actively participating in carbon offset initiatives, you can make a positive impact while journeying to or from your voyage.

Here are some suggestions for carbon offset websites.

 

UK: One popular carbon offset website in the UK is “Clear” who offer a range of carbon offset projects and solutions for individuals, businesses, and organisations. They provide detailed information about their projects and allow users to calculate and offset their carbon footprint online.

North America: In North America, “Terrapass” is a well-known carbon offset website. Terrapass offers carbon offset projects across the United States and Canada. They provide options for individuals, businesses, and events to calculate and offset their carbon emissions. Terrapass also offers additional resources and information on sustainable living.

 

Europe: A popular carbon offset website in Europe is “MyClimate.” MyClimate provides carbon offset projects and solutions for individuals, businesses, and travel. They offer a carbon footprint calculator and allow users to support various sustainable projects worldwide. MyClimate focuses on promoting climate protection and sustainability.

 

Australia:Greenfleet” is a prominent carbon offset website in Australia. Greenfleet focuses on planting native forests to offset carbon emissions. They offer individuals and businesses the opportunity to calculate and offset their carbon footprint by contributing to tree planting projects across Australia. Greenfleet provides detailed information about their projects and the positive environmental impacts they create.

 

Please note that these carbon offset websites may vary over time, so it is recommended to research and explore multiple options to find the most suitable one for your needs. 

 

If any of these links do not work it would be kind of you to inform us, many thanks.

La Rochelle, France

La Rochelle Twin Towers

La Rochelle

How to Get There

From the UK:

If you’re setting out from the UK, you’ve got a few options. The Eurostar train can take you from London to Paris, and from there, a TGV will whisk you to La Rochelle in about three hours. If you’re more of a road warrior, you can take your own car via the Channel Tunnel and enjoy a scenic drive through the French countryside. Ferries are also an option, but let’s be honest, you’re already on a boat, aren’t you?

From Europe:

For those coming from mainland Europe, the train is your best bet. La Rochelle is well-connected to major cities like Paris, Bordeaux, and Nantes. Coaches and buses are also available, but they can be a bit of a drag compared to the speed and comfort of the train.

From North America:

If you’re crossing the pond, you’ll likely fly into Paris. From Charles de Gaulle Airport, you can catch a direct TGV train to La Rochelle, or opt for a domestic flight if you’re in a hurry.

From Australia:

For our mates down under, the journey is a bit longer. You’ll likely have a layover in Asia or the Middle East before landing in Paris. From there, the travel options are the same as those coming from North America.

 

What to Do in La Rochelle

History:

La Rochelle is steeped in maritime history. The city’s Old Port is a living museum, and the Maritime Museum is a must-visit. Don’t miss the Saint-Louis Cathedral and the city’s ancient fortifications.

Culture:

The city is a melting pot of French culture and maritime traditions. The Francofolies music festival is a highlight, and the local art scene is vibrant, to say the least.

Sites of Interest to a Sailor:

Ah, now we’re talking. The coastal views are stunning, especially from the Tour de la Lanterne. The nearby Île de Ré offers beautiful harbours, and the Phare des Baleines lighthouse is a sight to behold. There are also numerous headlands and bays that make for excellent sailing or quiet contemplation.

Entertainment:

La Rochelle’s nightlife is a mix of traditional French cafés and modern bars. Live music is common, and you might even stumble upon a sea shanty or two.

Eating Out:

Seafood is the star here. Oysters from the local beds are a must-try. For a more upscale experience, head to Coutanceau for some Michelin-starred dining.

Nature:

The nearby Marais Poitevin offers a unique marshland experience. If you’re more of a beachcomber, the coastline offers numerous sandy stretches, perfect for a day ashore.

Special Interests

If you have a special interest that you would like to find out about for this port or to tell us about, we would love to hear from you.

 

Sustainable Travel Carbon Offset Schemes

 

By selecting sustainable travel options and actively participating in carbon offset initiatives, you can make a positive impact while journeying to or from your voyage.

Here are some suggestions for carbon offset websites.

 

UK: One popular carbon offset website in the UK is “Clear” who offer a range of carbon offset projects and solutions for individuals, businesses, and organisations. They provide detailed information about their projects and allow users to calculate and offset their carbon footprint online.

North America: In North America, “Terrapass” is a well-known carbon offset website. Terrapass offers carbon offset projects across the United States and Canada. They provide options for individuals, businesses, and events to calculate and offset their carbon emissions. Terrapass also offers additional resources and information on sustainable living.

 

Europe: A popular carbon offset website in Europe is “MyClimate.” MyClimate provides carbon offset projects and solutions for individuals, businesses, and travel. They offer a carbon footprint calculator and allow users to support various sustainable projects worldwide. MyClimate focuses on promoting climate protection and sustainability.

 

Australia:Greenfleet” is a prominent carbon offset website in Australia. Greenfleet focuses on planting native forests to offset carbon emissions. They offer individuals and businesses the opportunity to calculate and offset their carbon footprint by contributing to tree planting projects across Australia. Greenfleet provides detailed information about their projects and the positive environmental impacts they create.

 

Please note that these carbon offset websites may vary over time, so it is recommended to research and explore multiple options to find the most suitable one for your needs. 

 

If any of these links do not work it would be kind of you to inform us, many thanks.

Kit List

What to pack for a sailing holiday 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.

Review

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. 

Vessel Gallery

Tall Ship Morgenster in action and images. Photos from Classic Sailing customers, ships crew and professional photographers. We hope it gives a flavour of her sailing, life on board, the people that come, her beautiful sailing grounds and what it is like to live below decks.

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