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Ocean Passage Lisbon to Funchal, Madeira

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Sat 05-11-2022, 16:00Lisbon, Portugal Sat 12-11-2022, 10:00Funchal, Madeira Santa Maria Manuela 7 NightsSM051122

Set sail Southwards from Portugal on a 7 night tall ship sailing experience to the Atlantic jewel of Madeira. Situated off the North African coast this sub tropical island has lush vegetation, mountain walks and cobbled streets.

Santa Maria Manuela is a 4 masted schooner with huge wooden decks and acres of canvas sails. You are part of the crew on this Ocean Voyage, but you can also be assured of travelling in comfort, with the ship recently having completed her latest refit.

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  • Depart from the Waterfront City of Lisbon under the 25 de Abril Suspension Bridge
  • Sail over 500 nautical miles on a magnificent four masted schooner
  • Hands on sailing while travelling in comfort
  • Experience the night sky like never before
  • Support Santa Maria Manuela’s citizen science project
  • Stop to swim off Porto Santo with its 9km beach
  • Good company, sunsets, and a bar when off watch

Santa Maria Manuela

Vessel type / Rig Gaff Schooner
Guest Berths 50
Beam 33ft
Draft 18ft
Deck Length 173ft
Overall Length 225ft
Tonnage 992 tons
Year Built 1937
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Voyage Description


Those taking time out from a fast-paced world who want to leave the land behind for a while, but not forever. Anyone wanting to become a blue water sailor and get into the rhythm of ocean sailing.  Career sailors wanting to notch up 530 miles and those who just want an active adventure and a chance to arrive in Madeira as a sailor.


  • Ideal for couples wanting to go to sea together
  • Depart from the Waterfront City of Lisbon
  • Sail a magnificent four-masted schooner
  • Visit Madeira as a sailor
  • sail open ocean at night under the stars
  • Good company, sunsets, and a bar when off watch
share the sunset with your shipmates
share the sunset with your shipmates


An 8 night voyage from the capital city of Portugal with its narrow streets, trams and sad Fardo folk songs, to a life at sea that has not changed for centuries. As trainee crew you will receive training to sail this ocean-going sailing ship. On an ocean passage like this, the crew is divided into four watches so you only have to be involved in sailing the ship when on watch. It could be an overnight watch for 4 hours with only the glow of the ship’s navigation lights to give any clue that a 225ft sailing ship is slipping through the waves. The dawn watch often brings sunrises, deck swabbing and the smell of baking bread and breakfast. Off watch, in the daytime, you might find a deck chair or a coil of rope in the sun to curl up and read a book, or you might choose to climb the rigging for a birds-eye view.

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.

Lisbon – Waterfront City

You might be a bit apprehensive about joining any sailing ship, but it is great for solo travellers as you are made welcome and soon introduced to sailing activities. Pulling ropes together and finding your way around the ship is always a great way of making friends quickly.

After a safety briefing and some basic sailing training, you set off on your adventure. At first, you are in the river for all the tourists to see, and setting sails on this historic sailing ship will certainly create a spectacle. Once out of the river, the ship might anchor off a beach resort for the night, or you could be straight off into the deep blue Atlantic.

Santa Maria Manuela
Santa Maria Manuela by H Boehm

Ocean Passage

If you are new to tall ship sailing there are lots of seamanship tasks to learn, from coiling like a pro to making lines secure on belaying pins. Learning the sail names is fun, whatever language you prefer. Even if you are an experienced sailor, it takes a bit of getting used to 4 masts. They are called Mizzen, Main, Aft Foremast and Foremast. You could just watch the waves go by and marvel that this ship used to catch all of its cod from small dories it took with the ship all the way to Newfoundland and the rich, iceberg infested grounds of West Greenland. Here tough Portuguese fishermen launched a small fleet of dories from the mother ship and reeled in the cod with a rod and line.

hands on sailing on an ocean passage
hands on sailing on an ocean passage



When the Azores high pressure sits over the islands you could have light winds and clear blue skies.

Madeira even in spring is hotter than most Europeans imagine. You need good sun cream as the air here is so pure, so the UV light can be pretty strong.


Whether you are an experienced sailor or a complete beginner, the professional crew will train you to be the 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 on the vessel pages about day to day life, the ship’s facilities and accommodation.


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.


  • 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
  • Travel Insurance



Start & End Port

Lisbon, Portugal

Yard of the Palace#

The exact location won’t be known until closer to the time, you will be informed by email once the exact position has been confirmed.

Make sure you take a note of the ship’s phone number to get in touch with them if there are any problems on the day.

Lisbon is a marvellous City, grand architecture and the Yard of the Palace shown above, narrow streets that climb up the hillside, jump on one the historic trams is it winds it away along the lanes.

Trams in Lisbon

Funchal, Madeira

If Funchal is your leaving port then arriving into Funchal by sea, offers stunning views of the city perched on an ancient volcanic slope. Shadowing the city are impressive mountains covered in laurel bushes and banana trees, a natural park which was nominated a UNESCO Word Heritage site in 1999, Laurissilva of Madeira.

If you are flying in to join your ship then you may get a birds eye view of this volcanic jewel in the Atlantic Ocean, unless the trade wind mists are swirling on the summits.

Kit List

Below is a recommended travel packing list for a sailing voyage.

See bottom of page for Diving Holiday Kit List


  • Sailing Instruction 
  • Safety Equipment (Life jackets and harnesses)
  • All meals to include cooked breakfast, lunch, dinner and refreshments throughout the day.
  • Bed linen, duvet, towels for cabin (but please bring your own beach towel)

What is Not Included

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Travel to and from the start and end port
  • Optional trips or tours taken ashore unless otherwise stated
  • Alcoholic Beverages , but you can purchase drinks from the bar (you can set up a tab and pay at the end). 

What to Bring

For any destination north of Cape Verde warm and waterproof clothing is very important, as it can get cold during sailing, especially at night, even in the summer. A waterproof and windproof jacket is recommended to help keep warm and dry. Waterproof rubber soled boots or shoes are also recommended to keep your feet dry and warm. It is a good idea to bring two pairs of shoes in case one gets wet as salt water soaked shoes take a while to dry.

Madeira, Portugal and the Azores in summer can get pretty hot and it is easy to get sunburn at sea as the air is clear. The Cape Verde are in a tropical climate so a good sun screen is essential.

Please remember that space on board is limited and pack accordingly. Pack comfortable and practical clothing for all weather circumstances, the key is layers!! It is recommended to pack in a soft bag that can be easily stored away as there is no room on board for suitcases. Electricity on board is European 2 pin sockets, please be sure to bring any adaptors you may need. 

Passports, Visas and Insurance

If you voyage is sailing in foreign waters, you will require a full passport that is valid for at least 6 months after the end of the voyage. You will be responsible for obtaining any necessary visas.

We have Third Party Liability Insurance and recommend all those sailing with us to take out relevant travel insurance to cover their voyage. 

Medical Conditions and Special Diets

Please inform us in advance of any medical conditions you have and medication which you might need to bring with you. If you have any special dietary requirements it is essential you inform us prior to your voyage. We will make every effort to cater for all diets with prior notice.

Personal Items

This is a list of the items we recommend you bring with you.

  • Warm hat and sun hat
  • gloves - either sailing gloves or gardening type gloves
  • Wet weather clothing – water proof and windproof jacket
  • Clothing – enough clothing for all weather circumstances (think layers!!)
  • Trainers or deck shoes
  • shorts and t shirts
  • nightwear (ear plugs ?)
  • Toiletries
  • Towels
  • swimwear (googles are useful)
  • Sun cream
  • Sunglasses
  • Sea sickness medication
  • Personal medication
  • Book
  • Small torch (head torches are good!)
  • Camera
  • Log book (if you have one)
  • Valid passport (voyages outside the UK)
  • Travel insurance


  • Musical instruments 
  • games or cards
  • book/kindle

You can buy Santa Maria Manuela caps on board.

Diving Holidays on Santa Maria Manuela - Kit List

Please note the ship will only be carrying scuba diving equipment on the specialist diving voyages. 

On a diving voyage - Bottles and weights are included in the voyage price.

If you need diving equipment other than bottles and weights it is €150 extra

Nitrox costs €5 euros a dive

Classic Sailing will expand on this kit list shortly.



Santa Maria Manuela is a new vessel to the Classic Sailing fleet. We first became aware of her at the Tall Ships Race Fleet visit in Torbay in 2016. She has new owners who are incredibly proud of the ships history and are developing many new roles for the ship with a major niche in adventure holidays and oceanographic expeditions that benefit the world's oceans.

First Hand Knowledge

Classic Sailing co-founder Adam Purser has recently sailed on board a dive expedition in Cape Verde. He spent quite a bit of time getting to know the ship, its style of operations and the characters in the crew. You can speak to him in Classic Sailing UK Office on 0044 (0)1872 580022

New friends on Adam's voyage
New friends on Adam's voyage

Customer Feedback

Here are a few customer comments from previous trips. We hope to have many more soon.

Terrific crew & ship and a lovely passage to the Azores. Crew & Guests very good and patient with someone who only spoke English. It would be difficult to find a better one. This is a terrifically well run vessel, or was on this trip. Excellent accommodation, well serviced by a professional crew. All very friendly, helpful and willing to give information throughout. Many opportunities to get involved in most aspects of the ships operation & involvement in the vessel's past history.The Island was beautiful and rather unexpected. Best wishes & Good Luck for the future.Very many thanks"
Keith H. 28-04-18

We had a terrific and adventurous time on board during the Sachsen Sail 2018 in the Bay of Biscay. Thank you to all Santa Maria Manuela crew members and maritime greetings from Leipzig, Germany. " Mario L. 25-09-18

Un voilier merveilleux avec un équipage très sympathique .Merci pour tout" Marie-francoise A. 05-09-18


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