|Fri 12-01-2024, 17:00St Martin / St Maarten||Sun 18-02-2024, 10:00Rotterdam, the Netherlands||Morgenster||37 Nights||MR120124|
This is a very popular voyage, so its well worth booking your time off soon! Sail across the Atlantic in 2024 from St Martin in the Caribbean via Bermuda and the Azores to Rotterdam in Holland. Enjoy learning the ropes aboard the impressive square rigger Morgenster, and sail nearly 4000 nautical miles in total. Once in a lifetime voyage, and whether you take the trip alone or with a partner, you’ll make friends for life on board.
38 days of fantastic sailing, from the balmy waters and sunshine of the Caribbean, slowly cooling down to arrive in Rotterdam in early Spring, with a huge sense of achievement and nearly 4000 nautical miles under your belt.
St Martin / Sint Maarten is the only place in the world where the Netherlands borders France, and is divided north / south between these two territories. The island is well known for its fusion cuisine, vibrant nightlife, hilly peaks and hiking trails.
Your voyage starts here and after a familiarisation from the crew and your first cosy night on board it’s time to set off to sea.
You’ll have the chance to get your sea-legs and learn the ropes on the first part of this adventure, as first landfall will be Bermuda in about six days. This lonely island in the Atlantic has iconic pastel coloured streets, businessmen in ties and colourful shorts, pink sandy beaches and coral reefs.
A few days spent exploring the island and it will be time to set sail once more.
This is what you came for a long deep sea Ocean Passage across the Atlantic.
The sailing is wonderful with the wind at your back ploughing along over the ocean waves.
At sea in an ocean the ship needs to be navigated, steered, lookout kept, sails trimmed and other tasks completed to make sure you travel safely towards the Azores. The wind usually blows from the same direction, though, so the sails need little trimming now and again.
If the wind drops for a while you can swim off the ship with five kilometers of water beneath you and no land in sight. This is an unforgettable and slightly unnerving experience!
As you near the Azores keep an eye out so you can be the person that shouts’ land ahoy’ it’s such a great experience, it never fails to excite me.
At that moment, it’s easy to imagine how special the experience must have been for the sailors that crossed the ocean without modern maps, navigational equipment, good food, comfortable clothing and beds.After a long sea journey it’s very natural to be excited about your landfall, watch as it gradually gets bigger and the details of the land come into focus. New places to see, new cultures to experience, new legs needed to walk on the land!
The archipelago of the Azores is known for its dramatic landscapes and for whale watching. If you get the chance there are some amazing water filled multicoloured volcanic crater lakes to visit.
Tradition has it that we head down to Café Peter Sport for a gin tonic and paint one of the harbour wall’s stones to commemorate our arrival on the Morgenster.
Sailing from the Azores and your thoughts begin to turn homewards. The prevailing winds should be pushing you along at a great rate of knots.
Things change quite quickly now. The sea gets darker as you cross over onto the continental shelf of Europe. The temperature probably drops and you begin to see fishing boats and other ocean going vessels.
You are part of long long tradition of sailors with the Ocean behind them, the sea is still king and the wind dictates more determinedly your sail trim. But that is all second nature to you now. Look out for the first sight of Europe and as you reach soundings. (Depths it is possible to measure with a long lead line.) Imagine as they did in the past that you could be anywhere between the Isles of Scilly and Isle de Ouessant, a distance of 35 leagues according to the shanty. (Of course with GPS you will know exactly where you are but that misses the fun of it.)
The waves have changed as you reach the Continental Shelf and head up into the Channel. Morgenster will make a stop off at one of the Channel Islands, likely Alderney, to celebrate a successful Atlantic crossing.
You are all heroes, this is the time to celebrate the crossing and exaggerate the stories you have all created. Enjoy! From here it is only a couple of days sailing to Rotterdam, one of the busiest ports in the world, which may well feel strange after so long at sea. You will be sad to leave but friends and family will be waiting for you and think of all the stories you have to tell.
This is an Ocean crossing with prevailing Westerly winds. They 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 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.
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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