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Sat 01-03-2025, 17:00Sal, Cape Verde Sun 30-03-2025, 10:00Den Helder, The Netherlands Morgenster 29 NightsOM010325

Long Voyage – Big Adventure

Are you up for a big sailing adventure? Experience the raw, untamed spirit of the sea on our Cape Verde to Holland big ocean voyage. This journey is tailored for the dauntless – those with a seasoned hand or an eager spirit, ready to face the Atlantic’s robust swells. 

Expect the unexpected, from encounters with majestic whales and playful dolphins to the ever-changing moods of the ocean. Onboard, you’ll find a world both rugged and refined. Feel the spray, work the sails, and become part of a story much larger than yourself.

Are you ready for this wild, unforgettable voyage? Join us and set sail towards adventure!

  • Voyage
  • Vessel

Voyage Highlights

  • Part one –
    • Cape Verde to Horta, Azores
  • Part two
    • Azores to Holland
  • Big Wave Sailing on an impressive Tall Ship
  • Civilised accommodation for life on an angle
  • square and gaff sails
  • proper big ships wheel
  • Full range of weather from Tropical Cape Verde to Cool Europe
  • Good dolphin spotting near continental shelf


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

Voyage Description


Experienced sailors or ocean lovers that love ocean voyages and the life of a blue water sailor. Once you set off your life is totally dictated by the weather and natural elements. This voyage is likely to offer the full range of ocean weather from  lighter winds at the start in the Azores  and possibly a rough and cold crossing of the Bay of Biscay, but at least the spring time westerly depressions are generally blowing you the right way. 


  • Powerful ocean going schooner with square sails too
  • excellent below decks accommodation
  • Excellent whale spotting potential in the Azores
  • Escape the modern world totally – no internet out here
  • Become a blue water Sailor


Starting in the Cape Verde we head as much north as possible to reach the south westerly winds as quickly as possible. The weather will get less predictable and cooler as progress is made towards the Azores.

Stopping in the Azores is a bonus as the seas around the Azores and on the edge of the continental shelf all the way to North Biscay are rich in fish so there is always plenty of marine life and birds to see. The Azores is one of the best places in Europe to spot cetaceans and the best time of the year is during the Spring time. In April there are many fin whales, blue whales and sei whales passing the Azores on their annual migration.

On a sailing voyage we never use the word itinerary, as skippers will always be aiming for the best sailing and shore landings for the forecast and most idyllic or sheltered anchors and ports. They are as keen as you to include some of the highlights described below, but you have to go with Mother Nature, not fight her. The description below is based on what we think might be possible, based on past trips, or experience, but nothing is guaranteed on a sailing voyage.

Ocean mile maker voyage – Am I up to it ?

The main mission for the ship is to get back to Den Helder as swiftly and safely as possible, and that means sailing as much as possible but there will be some headwinds on some of the route and possibility of rough weather. As the voyage is billed as a mile maker the price is fixed for the voyage but it is always possible the ship may get into port a few days earlier.  This is a challenging ocean passage and ports are often many days away so it is not a voyage for those with any health problems or prone to seasickness.


A different way of life

This long voyage offers you the chance to experience the true life of a sailor. You will be part of the ships crew and participate in watches day and night, so you are quite justified going off for a ‘power nap’ in the afternoon or whenever you are off watch ! There are a lot of miles to cover so there will be few stops, but in someways they trips ashore seem even more special after a concentrated period at sea.

Sail from the Azores on a Tall Ship

As it is winter early spring you may experience some gales and big seas but Morgenster is a tough ship that has sailed around the world.  The whole route is a great location for spotting whales and dolphins. Even far out to sea many seabirds follow the ship and you may see turtles, sunfish and at night the phosphorescence holds many delights, providing a light show in the ships wake and stars above.
As we approach the English Channel the sea gets shallower and changes colour. The continental shelf rises from 5km deep to 200 metres and the upwelling of plankton creates very rich seas.
If the voyage is ahead of schedule the ship may stop in a French or UK port or the Channel Isles.

Den Helder Morgenster Home Port

If the ship makes good time and you arrive 1 or 2 days early  in Morgenster’s home port, then the ships crew can show you their favourite haunts! The Classic Sailing team have visited Den Helder several times and it is a great working port with a young vibrant atmosphere, a lot of waterfront and things to see and do. The train makes it is easy to get to Schipol Amsterdam Airport or anywhere in Europe from Amsterdam. 


Ocean sailing in the Westerlies belt often means gale – less winds – next gale as the depression systems hurtle across the Atlantic.  The day light hours, weather and temperatures will be at their best for the first few days on board as you explore the archipelago of Cape Verde, but be prepared for potential foul weather as you  head North.


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.There is a Captain, Mate, couple of deck hands, engineer and chef so the ships guest crew will need to work hard as a team to race this impressive ship.

More details and photos of Morgenster – see vessel details tab above.

Atlantic Ocean Voyage on Tall Ship Sailing Morgenster with Classic Sailing


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


  • Skipper & professional crew
  • Personal Safety Equipment
  • Sailing Instruction
  • All meals, snacks and refreshments
  • Port and landing fees
  • Linen and duvets
  • Third Party liability insurance


  • Travel to Joining Port
  • Travel from end port
  • Alcoholic Drinks
  • Towels
  • Waterproofs
  • Personal travel insurance

Start & End Port

Sal, Cape Verde

For joining  any ship on the island of Sal see the above map for the port of Palmeira. It is about a 15-minute taxi ride from the airport (€15 approx). If you are staying over on the island before joining your ship, please see advice below on where is best to stay.

Voyages start and end from Palmeira which is a bay and small fishing port on the west of the island, nearer the airport. The large concrete commercial breakwater is cordoned off.

Wait under the shady tree near the bar, Chiosco, near the Chapel ‘Capela De Sad Jose’ where the local fishermen unload their catch on a little stone jetty. The ship’s dinghy will come in to collect you at joining time.

Cape Verde Sailing Holidays:

A Travel Guide to Palmeria, Sal, Cape Verde

Worthwhile Journeys You are going to be spending some time in the ports you embark and disembark from. These aren’t just logistical points; they’re opportunities for further enrichment. Take an extra day to discover what’s beyond the harbour. It’s not merely about filling time; it’s about making the entire journey worthwhile.

Keeping in Touch The exact location of your ship may not be known until closer to your joining time, you will be informed by email once the exact position has been confirmed. Make sure you take a note of the ship’s mobile/cell phone number with you in case you are delayed or there are any other problems on the day.

What to Do in Palmeria

History Palmeria, steeped in history, offers intriguing insights into Cape Verde’s past. Visitors can explore landmarks like the Salt Mines of Pedra de Lume, a testament to the island’s salt mining heritage.

Culture Immerse yourself in the vibrant local culture through art galleries and music venues. The Morna music, a traditional genre of Cape Verde, encapsulates the spirit of the islands.

Sites of Interest to a Sailor Palmeria’s coastline boasts picturesque views. Sailors can appreciate the panoramic views from the top of Monte Leão, offering a glimpse of the Atlantic’s vastness.

Entertainment The nightlife in Santa Maria is lively, with numerous bars and clubs offering live music. Enjoy the rhythms of Funaná, a fast-paced, accordion-based music style.

Eating Out Sample the local cuisine at seaside restaurants, offering fresh seafood and traditional dishes like Cachupa, a slow-cooked stew.

Nature Nature enthusiasts will find Sal’s beaches, like Santa Maria Beach, enchanting. Activities like windsurfing and kitesurfing are popular here, taking advantage of the island’s natural winds.

Unique Features Palmeria’s unique blend of African and Portuguese influences creates a distinct cultural tapestry. The friendly locals and colourful markets add to its charm.

Accommodation The best place for hotels is Santa Maria, a huge choice.

Official Tourist Website For more detailed information, visit Sal’s Official Tourist Website.

Weather in Palmeria Palmeria enjoys a temperate climate year-round. Winters are warm and dry, springs see slightly higher temperatures, summers are hot and sunny, and autumns bring a pleasant coolness with occasional rainfall.

Sea and Beyond: A Responsible Mariner’s Guide Since you’re already investing in a unique sailing adventure, why not extend that spirit to your travel choices?

Opt for more sustainable methods of transport where possible like trains, coaches or sharing a car. If you fly, and we realise this may well be the case, you could research some ways to offset the carbon created by the flight.

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.

How to Get There Recommendation for flights to remote or cold climate destinations we recommend purchasing flexible flights that offer full refunds.

From the UK Direct flights from major UK airports to Amílcar Cabral International Airport on Sal are available. Alternatively, connecting flights through Lisbon offer more flexibility.

From Europe European travellers have numerous options with direct flights from major cities. Lisbon, Portugal, serves as a key hub for connecting flights to Sal.

From North America Travellers from North America can opt for flights with a stopover in Europe, typically in Lisbon, before heading to Sal.

From Australia Australians can expect multiple stopovers, commonly in Europe or South Africa, before reaching Sal. Considering the long journey, it’s advisable to plan for a comfortable itinerary with adequate rest periods.

Den Helder, The Netherlands


Texel Island.

Den Helder, a historic naval town in Holland, offers a variety of exciting activities for a day of exploration. Before or after your voyage from the port, take the opportunity to discover Den Helder and its surrounding areas. Begin your day by visiting the renowned Maritime Museum, where you can delve into the rich maritime history of the region. Immerse yourself in captivating exhibits, interactive displays, and even step aboard a real naval vessel. The museum provides a fascinating insight into Den Helder’s seafaring heritage.

Afterward, venture to Texel, a picturesque island located just a short ferry ride away from Den Helder. Texel is known for its stunning landscapes, diverse wildlife, and inviting beaches. Explore the island’s charming villages, rent a bicycle to pedal along scenic paths, or simply relax and unwind on the pristine shores. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit Ecomare, a unique nature reserve and seal sanctuary. Here, you can learn about the local marine life, witness seal feedings, and observe rescued seals recuperating in their natural habitat.

To reach Den Helder from Southern England, you can start by taking the Eurostar train from London to Amsterdam. From Amsterdam, continue your journey by train to Den Helder. The train ride from Amsterdam to Den Helder typically takes around 1.5 to 2 hours, sit on the paper deck for a great view. Once in Den Helder, you can easily access the Maritime Museum and catch the ferry to Texel, which operates regularly throughout the day. You can hire bikes as you get off the ferry, Texel being flat is great cycling.

By selecting sustainable travel options, such as trains, and actively participating in carbon offset initiatives, you can make a positive impact while embarking on your voyage. Consider offsetting your carbon emissions through reputable organisations that support environmental projects. By doing so, you can enjoy your day in Den Helder and Texel knowing that you’ve contributed to a more sustainable future.

Take advantage of the opportunity to explore Den Helder and its surroundings before or after your voyage. Immerse yourself in maritime history at the Maritime Museum, discover the natural beauty of Texel island, and embrace sustainable travel choices along the way. An unforgettable adventure awaits you on this day trip, where you can make lasting memories while making a positive impact.

Kit List

What to pack for a sailing holiday on Morgenster


  • 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.


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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