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Sat 28-12-2024, 16:00Funchal, Madeira Thu 02-01-2025, 10:00Funchal, Madeira Santa Maria Manuela 5 NightsSM281224 V29

Enjoy a unique New Year’s Eve in Madeira with a fireworks and sailing extravaganza aboard the Santa Maria Manuela. Sail between beautiful islands, enjoy exploring ashore, and see in 2025 with the best seats in the house for Funchal’s famous firework displays.

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  • A magical New Years voyage aboard the Santa Maria Manuela
  • Trade long, cold winter nights and celebrate the ‘season of light’ in Madeira’s semi-tropical warmth
  • Enjoy one of the world’s greatest firework displays
  • Set sail from Funchal’s historic volcanic shores
  • Enjoy hands-on sailing experience
  • Dive into the crystal-clear blue waters of Porto Santo, home to a breathtaking 9 km beach

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


We start this unique voyage from Madeira’s capital city of Funchal, a city perched on an ancient volcanic slope, shadowed by a natural park which was nominated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1999. An interesting island for flora and fauna.

During your passage between the islands, you’ll be invited to fully engage in all aspects of sailing, from helming to trimming sails and from navigation to going aloft. 

Porto Santo

Santa Maria Manuela will drop anchor off Porto Santo, with it’s famous 9km white sandy beach and crystal clear waters, so you can have a swim and enjoy a piece of perfect isolation. Unwind amidst the sand dunes before returning to the ship for sundowners.

Ihas Desertas

Leaving Porto Santo, you will sail past the Ilhas Desertas Nature Reserve—three uninhabited islands in their purest state: Deserta Grande, Ilhéu Chão and Bugio. Home to two species of Shearwater, which nest on the rocky shores, and a colony of Mediterranean monk seals, also known as sea wolves, the rarest seal in the world.

A New Year like No Other

Santa Maria Manuela will arrive back in Funchal in time to celebrate New Year’s Eve with a feast. Share the festive cheer with fellow guests and crew, and admire Madeira’s volcanic slopes adorned with glittering lights.

When it comes to celebrating the festive season, Madeira is unmatched. New Year’s Day offers a chance for relaxation aboard or, after a hearty breakfast, to walk off night’s celebrations ashore. Explore Funchal’s famous festive markets, adorned with lights and enlivened by countless live bands, or discover the island’s botanical gardens for a serene start to the new year.


The weather in Madeira boasts mostly sunny skies and pleasant temperatures year-round. Average temperatures typically hover around 20 degrees Celsius during December and January. Swells can pick up from the wide Atlantic, and the breezes can be stiff, so expect some exhilarating sailing as well as relaxed time on the beach!


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.

stowing sails on the bowsprit is a long way up on Santa Maria Manuela


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.

Start & End Port

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

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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