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Sun 30-06-2024, 16:00Lorient, France Fri 05-07-2024, 10:00Le Havre, France Santa Maria Manuela 5 NightsSM300624 V12

Explore the sandy Les Glenan Archipelago

Set sail on an extraordinary adventure with Santa Maria Manuela, leaving from the vibrant Lorient to the culturally abundant Le Havre. This trip isn’t just about sailing; it’s an exploration of serene islands like Les Glenan, packed with thrilling activities and moments of tranquility. Imagine yourself kayaking, paddleboarding, or simply enjoying a drink at sunset on deck. It’s more than a sailing trip; it’s a deep dive into the rich cultural landscape of France’s stunning coastlines. There’s truly something for every traveller on this journey.

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  • Sail in comfort aboard the newly renovated Santa Maria Manuela
  • A hands-on sailing experience aboard a historic 1937 tall ship.
  • Revel in Lorient’s maritime festival.
  • Swim, kayak in turquoise waters and stroll in the sands of France’s sand archipelago, Les Glenan

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


Setting Sail from Lorient

As the vibrant Port Festival in Lorient concludes, Santa Maria Manuela departs from this bustling fishing centre, joining a fleet of majestic tall ships. The initial day aboard offers a splendid opportunity to familiarise with the ship and forge connections with fellow voyagers.

Along the Way

Sailing towards the mesmerising Les Glenan archipelago, guests encounter a surreal sight. This cluster of seven islands encircles an inland sea, renowned for its crystal-clear waters and pristine white sands, reminiscent of far more tropical locales. Weather permitting, guests can indulge in a leisurely day, exploring the islands’ sandy dunes or swimming in the refreshing waters. There’s the chance to engage in more dynamic activities like kayaking and paddleboarding. As we sail north, bypassing the Channel Islands and the vigorous tidal races, the journey unfolds with scenic beauty and thrilling experiences.

Arriving in Le Havre

Upon reaching Le Havre, guests are greeted by a city steeped in artistic heritage, famously recognised as the cradle of ‘Impressionism’. This bustling port offers an array of attractions for those wishing to extend their stay. Visiting the MuMa (Musée d’art moderne André Malraux), home to France’s second-largest collection of impressionist paintings, is highly recommended. For a serene experience, a stroll along the beach, gazing at the same landscapes that inspired Monet, can be profoundly enriching.


Embarking on this journey during the summer months, guests can expect mild to moderate sea conditions, with the North Atlantic’s characteristic breezes. The weather typically remains pleasant, offering ideal conditions for both sailing and on-deck relaxation. However, sailing enthusiasts must be prepared for the occasional brisk wind, adding an element of exhilaration to the experience.


On a sailing voyage we never use the word itinerary, as skippers will always be aiming for the best and safest sailing routes for the forecast. They are as keen as you to include some of the highlights described above, but when it comes to sailing, you have to go with Mother Nature, not fight her. The description provided is based on what we think might be possible, based on past trips, or prior experience, but nothing is guaranteed on a sailing voyage. As such, the scheduled joining ports, routes, activities and/or destinations may be altered. Due to the complexities of weather systems, this may be at very short notice. 


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. Handling cargo adds an extra dimension – building teamwork and communication skills and leaving you with a great sense of achievement.


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.

Start & End Port

Lorient, France

Le Havre, France

Le Havre is located in Normandy and sits on the right hand bank of the Seine as it opens out into the English Channel. It was founded by King Francis I in 1517, and is now the second largest port in France, with the largest container port. When the Tall Ships come in, it’ll be the last leg of the race and also Le Havre’s 500th anniversary.

Kit List

What to pack for a sailing holiday on Santa Maria Manuela

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


  • 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.


We had the most amazing time. The crew were so friendly and helpful, the food was great throughout, and the cabins were really comfortable. We both climbed the rigging as the sun was setting over Porto Santo to round off a brilliant last day with the new friends we met. Thanks for the wonderful experience.

Ian & Dayna

I have sailed many times on tall ships, this is by far the best yet.

sailing for beginners


Terrific crew and ship and a lovely passage to the Azores. Crew and guests were very good and patient with someone who only spoke English. This is a terrifically well run vessel. 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 operations. Very many thanks.


An amazing ship and amazing crew.


We had a terrific and adventurous time on board during Sachsen Sail in the Bay of Biscay. Thank you to all Santa Maria Manuela crew members!


Un voilier merveilleux avec un équipage très sympathique. Merci pour tout.

A splendid ship with a very kind crew. Thank you for everything.


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