|Thu 24-02-2022, 17:00Amsterdam, the Netherlands||Wed 23-03-2022, 10:00La Grande Motte, Montpellier, France||Morgenster||27 Nights||MS240222|
If you have always wanted to sail a tall ship into the Mediterranean here is your chance. Sail square rigger Morgenster as ships crew from Amsterdam, through the English Channel, across Biscay, the Atlantic Coast of Spain and Portugal, through the straits of Gibraltar, Balearic Islands, Barcelona and north again to Montpellier in Mediterranean France.
Sometimes you come across a voyage that ignites your imagination and kindles the romantic soul of a sailor. An old sailing route from Northern Europe to Mediterranean.
But time is short, it leaves in February 22
Previous sailing experience
We recommend that you have previous sailing experience for this voyage as there will be watch keeping and potential for rough weather.
Starting in Amsterdam at the NDSM former shipyard, now re-used as a cultural and arts centre, easy to reach with a ferry from the Central Railway Station. Morgenster is ready for you, she will be well stocked and the crew ready to greet you. You will be welcomed on board by the crew and fellow voyagers, get some instruction, a good meal and the chance of Party-Party in Amsterdam before departure. There are some amazing museums in Amsterdam.
The following morning we motor to IJmuiden where we pass the sea locks into the North Sea. To begin with the sailing will be in the dense shipping and wind farms to the south west and to pass Dover, to get into the English Channel. You immediately see the difference in the Channel where the water is no longer grey, but clear blue. The chance to spot dolphins increase. To work out off the Channel is like playing chess with wind and tides. We may have tidal stops to benefit the currents and have wind breaks if it is blowing a bit too much from the west. Preferable stops are in the Solent behind the Isle of Wight or the Channel Islands often Alderney.
At the west end of the Channel we have to time our jump across the Bay of Biscay to avoid severe wind, which may suggest we wait for a day. Candidates to wait are Falmouth, for orders, and Camaret. Both ports have historic round castles!
We pass the Bay of Biscay well to the west. From the North of Spain the northerly winds gradually do pick up and make it easy to gain south. Nice stops in this area are A Coruna, Vigo and Porto.
The most rewarding stop is at Lisbon, where we moor at the city centre, where we will stay for a day. Lisbon is a lovely city to visit, narrow streets, trams, ornate buildings and beautiful squares.
Next destination is Gibraltar, at the doorstep of the Mediterranean Sea. We schedule stops at the Balearic Islands and Barcelona before sailing on to the French coast with final destination La Grande Motte
This is a complicated voyage with narrow sailing areas opening out into an Ocean crossing to get south. The winds may not oblige but that is all taken into account in the voyage plan. It will almost certainly be rough at some point with strong winds and big waves. Morgenster has handled similar many times before and the ship will just shrug and get on it with it under the command of her highly experienced Captains Harry or Jakob.
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 may not be known until closer to the time, make sure you have a note of the ship’s phone number found in your confirmation in case of any problems on the day. The map below shows the likely joining place.
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.
- 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
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.
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