|Sat 13-05-2023, 17:00Porto, Portugal||Thu 25-05-2023, 10:00Noirmoutier, France||De Tukker: Sail Cargo||12 Nights||DT130523|
This is De Tukker’s inaugural season under the ownership of EcoClipper, and the atmosphere on board will be electric! You’ll have a full 13 days to make this trip, and with engine use kept to an absolute minimum this is seamanship at its purest, as you work with the crew to get every last half-knot out of the ship.
There are some fascinating stop-off opportunities en route, including the Northern tip of Portugal and ports on the Breton coast. The real joy, though, is in the days out of sight of land, sailing round the clock with just the sound of the sea and the sails.
We’d highly recommend spending some time on the lovely, history-steeped island of Noirmoutier before making your onward travel plans.
If you’d like a longer adventure, explore De Tukker’s cargo round trips from the Netherlands or Penzance, taking in Biscay, Portugal and Brittany!
This is a fantastic trip if you’re looking to travel from Portugal to Brittany in an environmentally conscious way, and have a real adventure en route!
13 days of adventure across the Bay of Biscay.
‘Real’ sailing, with engine use kept to an absolute minimum.
Form part of a diverse, multi-national crew.
Help to transport cargo using the power of the wind!
Even if you can’t come sailing, you can still order your delicious cargo.Discover the Cargo & Place Your Order!
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Stepping on board, the captain and crew will greet you with a tour and a briefing covering safety information, the latest weather forecast and the itinerary. There’ll be time to settle in and get to know your fellow sailors. De Tukker will be finishing the loading of her Northbound cargo, so you’ll get involved helping with this too: wine, olive oil, honey and more delicious treats to be transported by the power of the wind.
De Tukker has a keen professional crew to help train you, even if you have never sailed before. This trip is a real sea-going adventure across Biscay, with nearly 2 weeks at sea. Depending on conditions, there are lots of potential places to visit on the way, with beautiful harbours along the Portuguese coast. Once out into Biscay, though, it will be round-the-clock sailing out of sight of land.
The gorgeous Breton coast comes into view after a few days, and you start your approach towards the island of Noirmoutier. Salt marsh, sand dunes and evergreen oak forests, as well as its state of uninterrupted human habitation since prehistory, make this island a fascinating place to visit.
Arrival in any port after a Biscay crossing is a wonderful feeling. You’ve achieved something memorable! There’ll be time to celebrate ashore with the crew, and then it’s time to make your onward journey. As you head towards the mainland across the Passage du Gois, a 4.5km paved-over sandbank only passable at low tide, you’ll look back and revel in the adventure you’ve just had.
Biscay is notorious for a reason, and conditions can get choppy. This is a cargo voyage, and so use of the engine will be kept to an absolute minimum to reduce emissions. This means that there has been plenty of time allowed for the trip to allow the Skipper to make the absolute most of the weather and wind available. You may find that you spend a couple of days exploring an interesting port en route while waiting for a shift in the wind direction, but this is all part of the adventure!
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. A cargo voyage adds an extra dimension to this, as you help load and unload cargo. A bit of a workout, and great fun!
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.
At the mouth of the Rio Douro, the hilly city of Porto presents a jumble of styles, eras and attitudes: narrow medieval alleyways, extravagant baroque churches, prim little squares, and wide boulevards lined with stately beaux-arts edifices.
Porto’s historic centre is the Ribeira district, a Unesco World Heritage zone of winding lanes, zigzagging staircases and tiled churches peering around every corner. Old traditions live on as tripeiros (Porto residents) mingle before old storefronts, on village-style plazas and in the old houses of commerce where Roman ruins lurk beneath the foundations. On the downside, here and in other parts of the city centre stand many dilapidated early-20th-century town houses, left to crumble as the young flee to the sprawling suburbs by the sea.
Yet despite signs of decay, in the last two decades Porto has undergone a remarkable renaissance – which is expressed in the hum of its efficient metro system and in the gleam of some ambitious urban renewal projects in other parts of town. The crowning glories of the town are the two recent masterworks, Álvaro Siza Vieira’s Museu de Arte Contemporânea and Rem Koolhaas’ Casa da Música, which have turned the city into a pilgrimage site for architecture buffs. And there are signs that an infusion of youthful vitality is returning to the centre, with the arrival of new galleries and boutiques.
Noirmoutier is a beautiful place to sail to/from. Salt marsh, sand dunes and evergreen oak trees, as well as its state of uninterrupted human habitation since prehistory, make this island a fascinating place to visit.
The island’s humid marshes were transformed into salt pans as far back as the 5th century by Benedictine monks, with the traditional methods of harvesting passed down through the generations. With just wind, sun and sea, water evaporates to leave a fine layer of white crystals of salt. These are hand-harvested daily in the summer months by the ‘saunier’. It is then drained and air-dried for a year before the salt is packaged.
Valid travel documents and papers
If you're a European citizen traveling within Europe, make sure to bring your European Identity card or a valid passport (check the rear side of your ID card for the list of countries where it's accepted). On the other hand, if you're a Non-European citizen or an EU citizen traveling outside of Europe, a passport that's valid for at least 6 months after your trip is necessary.
Don't forget to bring your insurance card and a copy of your policy, including liability, health, and travel insurance. If you're unsure about the required travel documents for your destination country, it's always best to check with the embassy/consulate beforehand. This may include obtaining a visa, so it's important to double-check the necessary requirements. You are required to carry the following insurances: 1. Medical insurance, for your home country. 2. Travel insurance which covers medical expenses abroad, loss of luggage and third party liability.
Please be advised that the possession of any drugs (including all prohibited items) on board is strictly prohibited.
However, we understand the importance of personal medication. Prior to embarkation, kindly inform us about any medical condition you may have by
completing the health statement. We assure you that only the responsible officer on board will be briefed on your medical needs for privacy and confidentiality.
Pillows are provided, but make sure you pack a pillowcase and a sleeping bag or bed sheets. Don't forget a towel!
Clothing and toiletries
Make sure to pack comfortable shoes with low heels and non-slippery soles to keep your feet happy during your trip. It's also recommended to bring waterproof boots or shoes, as well as sandals that stay on your feet (and don’t expose your toes if possible).
Since weather can be unpredictable, make sure to pack enough clothing for all weather circumstances. This includes a waterproof jacket and trousers (which don't need to be sailing gear: hiking clothes are usually much cheaper and are absolutely fine), as well as warm sweaters, T-shirts, and other clothing items. Don't forget to bring socks, underwear, and nightwear/pyjamas too.
If you plan on taking a dip in the water, pack your swimming gear. Additionally, it's important to bring a hat or cap, scarf, and gloves to protect yourself from the sun, wind, and cold weather. And of course, don't forget to pack your toiletries, including your toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, shampoo, and any other necessary items.
When packing for your trip, don't forget to bring essential items such as sunscreen, sunglasses, spare glasses, and personal medication. If you're into photography, pack your camera, but make sure you have a waterproof bag or case for it. Remember, charging on board will be limited, so bring spare batteries if you can. If you're musically inclined, consider bringing your instrument for some impromptu jamming sessions!
A small backpack can come in handy for carrying essentials, while board games and postcards can provide entertainment and a way to keep in touch with loved ones back home. Don't forget to bring a pen and paper to jot down notes and memories, and if you want to share some of your country's sweets, bring along some special candy or cookies. It's recommended to leave valuable jewellery at home to avoid the risk of losing it while traveling.
Please limit yourself to one soft bag or rucksack as there is limited storage space on board. No hard suitcases please, as these are difficult to stow on board.
How to pack
Before you set sail, it’s important to pack wisely and consider the limited space available on board.
Instead of a bulky suitcase, opt for a foldable bag that is easier to store. Pack clothes that are comfortable and practical, but avoid bringing your favorite white t-shirts as work and life on board can get messy.
Electricity on board
De Tukker operates on a 220Volt/50 Hertz system, so it’s essential to bring standard European plugs with two circular metal pins. If you come from a country with a different voltage system, be sure to pack a wall socket adapter to charge your mobile phone and other devices.
Lost and found
To ensure your luggage doesn't get lost in transit, label it clearly with your name, destination, and mobile number on both the outside and inside of your bag. This will make it easier to identify your belongings and return them to you if they get misplaced during your journey.
It's common for individuals to experience seasickness while others remain unaffected. The degree of seasickness usually hinges on the weather conditions encountered during the first few days at sea. To mitigate the chances of seasickness, ensure you're well-rested and feeling fresh on the morning of departure. Refrain from consuming excessive alcohol the night before and make sure to have a substantial meal before setting off. Continue to eat throughout the voyage and avoid drinking coffee once the initial symptoms of seasickness set in. In the event that you are prone to seasickness, it would be prudent to talk to your pharmacist and get some travel-sickness pills as a precautionary measure. Read our article about combatting seasickness if you're at all worried.
De Tukker is currently in a major refit before she starts her new life as a Sail Cargo vessel for EcoClipper. We'll add more photos as soon as we get them!
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