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Thu 02-01-2025, 17:00Christchurch (New Zealand) Wed 19-02-2025, 09:00Port Stanley, the Falklands Oosterschelde 48 NightsOS020125

This is the big one for your bucket list – become a real Cape Horner!

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50 Degrees either Side – Cape Horner

Sail legendary Cape Horn! In past centuries, sailors that accomplished this feat earned the right the title of “Cape Horner” to boast of their seafaring victory. They were held in such reverence that they were granted the right to wear a gold loop earring and the right to dine with one foot on the dinner table! Become a Horner! To achieve this you need to have sailed around the Horn without the use of engine from north of 50 degrees South on either side of Cape Horn. (It will require a tiny deviation to the North of the Falklands.) Along the way, spot whales, dolphins, penguins and albatrosses! This voyage leg is not for novice sailors, but those seeking a genuine sailing adventure!

You can join this amazing adventure..

Become part of DARWIN200, a planetary conservation initiative that will empower the next generation’s elite environmental leaders and engage millions of students worldwide in conservation projects.

Over 2023-2025, the beautiful tall ship Oosterschelde will re-sail the route of Charles Darwin’s voyage aboard HMS Beagle.

During this global voyage, the DARWIN200 team will:

  • Train elite young conservationists, one from each of two hundred countries and states around the world. These ‘DARWIN LEADERS’ will become tomorrow’s top environmental leaders.
  • Create the World’s Most Exciting Classroom by beaming activities, research projects, experiments, lectures, essay competitions and weekly ‘nature hour’ events to schools across the globe to engage millions of students, teachers and member of the general public.
  • Undertake citizen science research projects by partnering with key conservation organisations to engage global audiences in tackling many of the world’s most critical environmental problems.


Vessel type / Rig Three Masted Schooner
Guest Berths 24
Beam 25ft
Draft 9.8ft
Deck Length 131ft
Overall Length 164ft
Tonnage 400 tons
Year Built 1917/1992
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Voyage Description



Join a Darwin200 Voyage on Oosterschelde with Classic Sailing


The dates presented in our Voyage Itinerary are our firm intention but may be subject to change.

Sailing a tall ship around the world and planning logistics multiple years in advance inevitably involved unknown variables.

Significant buffer time is built into the following itinerary, so even if delay arises during one or more voyage legs, the overall schedule should remain. However, all participants joining the DARWIN200 Global Voyage must understand the highly complex nature of organising this global adventure.

All dates will be re-confirmed during January, 2023

All participants will be kept closely informed of any date adjustments.

Each Leg has it’s own description. Download, View or Print. Darwin200 Voyage Brochure


More than an Adventure!

By taking part in the Global Voyage, you will be helping to make the DARWIN200 project a reality.

During your time aboard Oosterschelde, you will be welcome to take part in DARWIN200 research activities, and you will be invited to key DARWIN200 public events in ports. As part of your adventure on Oosterschelde, you will receive the following exclusive benefits:

1. A full colour, 300-page, hardback book with text and photos of each voyage leg as a memento of your adventure on board (printed after completion of the voyage).
2. A short video which will be filmed during each voyage leg, which you can keep as a souvenir of your adventure!
3. An invitation to the Start of Voyage Party in Plymouth on 13/08/2023.
4. An invitation to the End of Voyage Party in Falmouth on 20/07/2025.
5. An invitation to the DARWIN200 Concluding Award Ceremony in London in summer, 2025. 
6. Acknowledgement and thanks by name on all DARWIN200 output films throughout the global voyage (although anonymity will be respected, if requested).
7. Free DARWIN200 Global Voyage branded T-shirt!

"Oosterschelde under sail"
Arthur op Zee



Sailing aboard Oosterschelde is a very special experience. 

The crew will be happy to explain the function of all the ropes, halyards and sheets to you. You will be assigned watches with the crew to sail, steer and navigate the ship.


While the Oosterschelde is anchored, a sloop and a dinghy are available for making trips ashore. One of the crew members will take you to shore and pick you up again safely.


Oosterschelde is equipped to sail worldwide. For this purpose the vessel holds all the safety certificates required by Dutch law (as the vessel is registered in the Netherlands).

The qualified and experienced crew of at least 7 persons also contributes to ensuring safe passage. Each sailing area requires special preparations because there are no facilities along the way to repair something or to procure parts.

We are able to produce drinking water from seawater using a filter system. Food is stored aboard immediately prior to departure.

There are two rubber dinghies onboard with outboard motor and a wooden sloop for transport to the shore. In the interests of safety there are safety vests and life rafts, fire detection and fire extinction installations, a very extensive medicine cabinet, Epirb, radar transponder, etc.

For navigation and communications purposes the ‘Oosterschelde’ is equipped with a radar set, two compasses, satellite navigation system, an echo sounder, a sextant, an SSB radio, an Inmarsat-C-fax terminal, 4 marine telephones, etc.

"Oosterschelde on the bow sprit"
“Oosterschelde on the bow sprit”

Voyage Itinerary

The Global Voyage consists of 32 Voyage Legs which follow Charles Darwin’s route on HMS Beagle. We will make landfall at key locations where Darwin stepped ashore.

Each Leg has it’s own description. Download, View or Print. Darwin200 Voyage Brochure


Please Note

Legs 7 and 8 have changed.

Leg 7 Details

Montevideo – Puerto Madryn (Leg 7)

Embarkation Montevideo: 4 December 2023 at 5PM

Disembarkation Puerto Madryn: 12 December 2023 at 9AM

Price: €1450 p.p.


During this leg of the DARWIN200 Global Voyage, the ‘Oosterschelde’ sails south along the pristine Argentinian coast to discover the impressive pampas of Argentina. We stay close to the coast to be less affected by the strong northward Falkland Current. The disadvantage of this is that we have to watch out for the Pampero, a strong southwest wind that comes up very suddenly and can blow with great force from the high plateau of Patagonia. Spot During this leg of the DARWIN200 Global Voyage, the ‘Oosterschelde’ sails south along the pristine Argentinian coast to discover the impressive pampas of Argentina. We stay close to the coast to be less affected by the strong northward Falkland Current. The disadvantage of this is that we have to watch out for the Pampero, a strong southwest wind that comes up very suddenly and can blow with great force from the high plateau of Patagonia.

Spot Caracaras in the sky: Caracara is a genus in the family Falconidae and the subfamily Polyborinae, and Tachyeres on the water The steamer ducks are a genus of ducks in the family Anatidae. All of the four species occur at the southern cone of South America in Chile and Argentina, and all except the flying steamer duck are flightless; even this one species capable of flight rarely takes to the air.)

The waters around Puerto Madryn are famous for spectacular wildlife and we are certain to see many interesting creatures. Whales give birth here from June to December and are present in large numbers, there are also large colonies of sea lions, elephant seals and penguins.

Puerto Madryn – Puerto Santa Cruz (Leg 8)
Embarkation Puerto Madryn: 20 December 2023 at 5PM

Disembarkation Puerto Santa Cruz: 27 December 2023 at 9AM

Price €1450 p.p.

From the spectacular waters around Puerto Madryn we sail even further south. We also stay close to the coast because of the Falkland Current.

Spot Caracaras in the sky: Caracara is a genus in the family Falconidae and the subfamily Polyborinae, and Tachyeres on the water The steamer ducks are a genus of ducks in the family Anatidae. All of the four species occur at the southern cone of South America in Chile and Argentina, and all except the flying steamer duck are flightless; even this one species capable of flight rarely takes to the air.)

Have you ever enjoyed a Christmas dinner on the high seas before? Oosterschelde being a Dutch ship you will have a very special Christmas Eve and then more traditional Christmas Day celebrations to enjoy.

The Patagonian coast is seldom visited by most tourists, but home to breath-taking landscapes and wildlife. We will make landfall along the coast as weather and circumstances allow.

When in port

During each of these landfall stops, our ship will host groups of DARWIN LEADERS to undertake research projects in exactly the same locations visited by Charles Darwin two centuries ago.
For logistical reasons, we have simplified the route of HMS Beagle.

We have also added a few locations that Charles Darwin did not visit. These enhance the global voyage and enable sailing during periods of optimal weather. These additional stops also allow essential repair and maintenance, refueling, reprovisioning and planned publicity events.

Crucially, unlike HMS Beagle (which sailed crossed the Indian Ocean), we are returning from Australia via Cape Horne to enable visits to South Georgia and Tristan da Cunha!

With the exception of Cocos (Keeling) and Mauritius, we will make landfall at every major location Charles Darwin visited during his voyage aboard HMS Beagle!

"Whale and Oosterschelde"


On any of the Darwin200 voyages it could be windy creating rough weather.  Thr tropical voyages are likly to see mild weather but the Southern Ocean voayges could be very rough.


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 +44 1326 53 1234 and we can chat through your concerns and possibly find options that might suit you better.


Start & End Port

Christchurch (New Zealand)

Port Stanley, the Falklands

Travelling to the Falkland Islands:

Air Routes from the UK via RAF Brize Norton or South America


The Falkland Islands, a remote archipelago in the South Atlantic Ocean, is a unique travel destination known for its stunning landscapes and rich wildlife. While the islands are located far from the United Kingdom, there are several ways to reach this British Overseas Territory. In this article, we will explore two alternative routes to get to the Falkland Islands, bypassing the popular cruise ship option. We will delve into the possibilities of travelling via the Royal Air Force (RAF) at Brize Norton in the UK or by air through South America.

  1. RAF Brize Norton Route:

For those who prefer flying directly from the UK to the Falkland Islands, the RAF at Brize Norton offers occasional flights. However, it is essential to note that these flights are primarily military in nature and may not always be available for civilian travel. To explore this option, interested individuals should closely monitor announcements made by the Falkland Islands Government, the UK Ministry of Defence, or the Falkland Islands Tourist Board for any updates on civilian flights from Brize Norton.

  1. Travelling via South America:

An alternative route to reach the Falkland Islands is through South America. This option usually involves flying from the UK to a major South American city, followed by a connecting flight to the Falklands. The two primary departure points in South America are Santiago, Chile, and São Paulo, Brazil. From these cities, commercial flights operate to Mount Pleasant Airport, located on East Falkland Island.

  1. a) Santiago, Chile: 

Multiple airlines offer regular flights from the UK to Santiago, the capital of Chile. Once in Santiago, travelers can book connecting flights operated by LATAM or the Falkland Islands’ national airline, LATAM Airlines, which provide service to Mount Pleasant Airport. The duration of the flight from Santiago to Mount Pleasant is approximately five hours.

  1. b) São Paulo, Brazil: 

Travellers from the UK can also fly to São Paulo, Brazil, which serves as another gateway to the Falkland Islands. From São Paulo, LATAM operates flights to Mount Pleasant Airport with a layover in Punta Arenas, Chile. The total travel time varies depending on the duration of the layover, but it typically ranges between 10 to 15 hours.

Important Considerations:

  1. Visa Requirements: Ensure that you have the necessary visas for all countries you will be passing through during your journey. Check the specific visa requirements for Chile, Brazil, and the Falkland Islands in advance.
  2. Flight Availability: As the Falkland Islands are a remote destination, flight schedules may be limited. It is advisable to book flights well in advance and be flexible with travel dates to secure the most suitable options.
  3. Travel Updates: Keep yourself updated with the latest travel advisories, entry requirements, and flight availability by regularly checking the websites of relevant airlines, embassies, and the Falkland Islands Tourist Board.


Travellers can explore alternatives such as civilian flights from RAF Brize Norton (subject to availability) or opt for the South America route, which involves flying from the UK to either Santiago, Chile, or São Paulo, Brazil, and then connecting to Mount Pleasant Airport. Whichever route you choose, the Falkland Islands’ unique landscapes and abundant wildlife promise an unforgettable adventure.


Exploring the Beauty of the Falkland Islands: A Self-Drive Adventure from Stanley

Stanley, the picturesque capital of the Falkland Islands, serves as an excellent starting point for an unforgettable exploration of this remote archipelago. Renting a car in Stanley allows you the freedom to discover the diverse attractions the Falklands have to offer. From historical war sites to intriguing nautical wrecks, captivating wildlife encounters, stunning rock rivers, and the island’s rich sheep farming heritage, there’s something for everyone. In this article, we will guide you through a few days in Stanley, highlighting key attractions and providing useful links and book recommendations to enhance your experience.

Exploring Stanley:

Begin your journey by immersing yourself in the charming streets of Stanley. Admire the vibrant architecture, visit the Falkland Islands Museum to learn about the history and culture of the islands, and enjoy local cuisine at one of the inviting pubs or restaurants.

Hiring a Car:

To fully explore the Falkland Islands, renting a car in Stanley is highly recommended. Several car rental agencies operate in the capital, offering vehicles suitable for the islands’ diverse terrain. Make sure to have a valid driver’s licence and familiarise yourself with local driving regulations.

Falkland War Sites:

  1. Goose Green: Drive southeast of Stanley to Goose Green, the site of a significant battle during the Falklands War. Visit the memorial, pay your respects, and gain insight into the intense conflicts that took place on the islands.
  2. San Carlos: Head west of Stanley to San Carlos, where British forces conducted amphibious landings during the war. Explore the historical sites and monuments that honor those who fought for the Falkland Islands’ liberation.

Nautical Wrecks:

  1. Dos Amigos: Near Stanley Harbor, you can find the partially submerged wreck of the Dos Amigos, a fishing vessel that ran aground in 1989. Discover this haunting sight and reflect on the region’s maritime history.
  2. Lady Elizabeth: Journey north of Stanley to witness the remains of the Lady Elizabeth, a majestic sailing ship that wrecked in 1913. Experience the allure of this skeletal structure, a testament to the challenges faced by seafarers in the Falkland Islands’ treacherous waters.

Wildlife Encounters:

The Falkland Islands are renowned for their abundant wildlife. Keep an eye out for remarkable species such as penguins, seals, albatrosses, and a variety of birdlife. Enjoy the unique opportunity to observe these animals in their natural habitats, both along the coast and inland.

Rock Rivers and Sheep Farming:

Drive through the Falklands’ breathtaking landscapes, where you’ll encounter stunning rock rivers—unique formations created by the erosive forces of nature. Take in the natural beauty and learn about the islands’ sheep farming heritage, a crucial industry that has shaped the Falklands’ culture and economy.


Useful Links:

– Falkland Islands Tourist Board: Official website providing comprehensive information on attractions, accommodations, and activities: [](

Book Recommendations:

  1. “The Falkland Islands: The Land and Wildlife” by Robin and Anne Lee: A beautifully illustrated guidebook highlighting the Falkland Islands’ natural wonders, wildlife, and landscapes.
  2. “The Falklands War” by Martin Middlebrook: A definitive account of the 1982 conflict, providing historical context and personal testimonies.
  3. “Wildlife of the Falkland Islands” by Ian Strange: A comprehensive guidebook featuring the diverse flora and fauna of the Falkland Islands, including tips on wildlife spotting and photography
  4. “Falklands War 1982” by Duncan Anderson: A comprehensive account of the Falklands War, including a detailed exploration of key battle sites and events.
  5. “Wrecks and Reefs: A Guide to the Historic Wrecks and Marine Life of the Falkland Islands” by Richard and Sharna Aston: A captivating book that delves into the nautical wrecks and marine biodiversity of the Falkland Islands.
  6. “The Battle for the Falklands” by Max Hastings and Simon Jenkins: A comprehensive account of the Falklands War, shedding light on the conflict’s history, strategies, and impact.


Spending a few days based in Stanley and embarking on a self-drive adventure in the Falkland Islands opens up a world of discovery. From exploring war sites and nautical wrecks to encountering unique wildlife, marvelling at rock rivers, and immersing yourself in

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 Oosterschelde


  • Sailing Instruction
  • Safety Equipment (life jackets and harnesses)
  • All meals to including 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.
  • Oosterschelde 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.
  • Oosterschelde 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.


Great trip on a wonderful ship. Crew were very friendly, helpful and professional. The passengers were also very friendly and a real mix of interesting people. I had a great first time on a big sailing ship.

At the Helm
Steve H - July 2023

Cape Verde & Caribbean Crew

Together with my husband Bert we were on the trip around the Cape Verde on the Oosterschelde and had a great time. The crew was fantastic and very friendly. They showed us what has to be done to sail a beautiful ship like this. Made some new friends among the passengers and it was a trip I will not forget for a long while. And who knows when we will meet again. Thanks" Jenny H E.  from NL

I've just completed my fourth voyage in four years and it was like a big family holiday! Familiar faces welcomed us aboard, we met up with guests and friends from previous voyages and the islands that we visited in the French West Indies were beautiful. The best part of the voyage was our last sailing day when the "lunatics took over the asylum". Maarten let the guest crew sail the Oosterschelde from St Lucia to Martinique (while keeping an eye on us to make sure that neither we or the ship were in danger) It was hard work but safe to say that I learned a lot more on that day, having to think about what I was doing, rather than just being told what to do. We are just about to book our next voyage" Richard D. British Columbia

What was the best bit?
Variety of sailing and the islands visited.

What was the worst bit?
One rough passage.

Why do you sail?
We enjoy the technicalities of sailing a large vessel and the passage planning involved. We generally enjoy off-shore sailing.

Any other comments
The skipper and crew were very friendly, helpful and informative. Accommodation and food was very good.- Phillip B - Cape Verde 

Ocean Passages

Credit to Robbin Conner - Oosterschelde Ocean Crossing from Cape Verde to Rotterdam
Credit to Robbin Conner - Oosterschelde Ocean Crossing from Cape Verde to Rotterdam

Canada Tall Ships Race Participants

So happy to have sailed from Miramichi to Quebec! So good to be on this beautiful grand old lady with only nice and funny people. Miss you all! And for this moment especially Richards' breakfast. Thank you so much Jenny Edward Richard Jan-Willem Jurriaan and Maarten, and all the other guests for this wonderful and amazing time. Love and hugs xxx Ernst and Ellen V.

The dream come true! What a georgous trip I had between Québec and Halifax! A part of me will be onboard forever... Il will be back to you, most beautiful ship of the world! I will be back, Oosterschelde!  What a crew! What a captain! Marteen, I could write a novel with you as the major character! You are an amazing guy, a good, a great man! Your team is fantastic! I am now back ashore but... "I must go down to sea again... "

" C'est pas l'homme qui prend la mer
C'est la mer qui prend l'homme " 

Pierre-Luc. Canada

Now is the hour that I must say goodbye, soon you'll be sailing far across the sea. We'll meet again, don't know where, don't know when. Maybe in the south pacific or around Cape Horn. Captain Arian, I would sail anywhere in the world with you, your crew and Oosterschelde. Warren C. New Zealand

The Word from European Voyages

Just sailed on the Oosterschelde across the North Sea to the Netherlands! Great taste of sailing would recommend to anyone who is thinking of dipping their toe in. Loved every second of it, hauling ropes out in the elements (mainly with the Sun on my back) rolling around in the middle of the North Sea on the deck of an authentic lovely Dutch schooner brilliant! A life changing experience of the open sea, next stop RYA competent crew! Many thanks to Adam and Classic Sailing for all the arrangements at such short notice and thanks too to all the crew for looking after me and feeding me so well. Be warned though life ashore afterwards can seem very hum-drum." Rex aka Steve W

I  want to thank the crew for the three magnificent days passed on board, between "Golfe du Morbihan" and "Le Havre". I sailed on numerous occasions on about ten different ships, and this sailing on Oosterschelde is the best experience I ever had. I was impressed by the good performances of the ship, and by the way the crew adjusts sails permanently so that the ship always gives the best ; it was an immense pleasure to participate of my best in all these operations. I regret that our different languages did not allow us to communicate more, because all the crew members were really very nice and very thoughtful with us. I have now only an envy: to embark again on Oosterschelde, to be on the deck to participate in the laborers of sails, to climb on the mast to help the crew, and to share again these excellent moments given by sailing on Oosterschelde !!! " Excuse my bad English, Gilbert P. Vernon, France

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Three Masted Topsail Schooner Oosterschelde 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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