The second leg of our transatlantic voyage with an offshore passage from Lisbon to Tenerife via Madeira where the trade winds should start playing in our favour. The voyage is an excellent mile-building and training opportunity in tidal waters, very useful if you plan to take RYA examinations in the future.
- Start: 12 November 2023 (Sunday, 12:00) at Lisbon (Doca de Alcântara Marina), Portugal.
- Finish: 20 November 2023 (Monday, 12:00) at Tenerife (Marina San Miguel), Canaries. It will be possible to leave the luggage on the boat during the last day.
The start and end dates are fixed.
Whole trip (9 days) per person:
- 900 Euro (100 Euro / day) for a bunk. Deposit (50% of the balance) to be paid within one week of booking, the rest 35 days before the start date.
- 150 Euro (15 Euro / day) for consumables. Collected during the joining day for all food consumed onboard, harbour fees and diesel. This is a realistic estimation. Any remainder will be refunded at the end of the trip.
The trip is non-commercial and runs in a friends-sailing manner. The contribution per person is fixed no matter how many people have booked the trip. The trip will run regardless of the number of participants.
What is not included:
- Optional expenses like rental vehicles or food & beverages consumed ashore
- Travel to and from the boat
- Personal travel insurance (highly recommended) - you can find some recommendations in the FAQ
- Personal laundry (some ports have facilities to do laundry if you need it)
- Standard foam lifejackets will be provided, but you need to bring your own Automatic life jacket, min. ISO 165 N (example + lifeline/tether + light). You can store it in your checked luggage on the plane. Just don’t forget to unscrew the gas cylinder to avoid self-activation.
How much to bring in addition?
Generally, you won’t need anything in addition, but this will depend on how much you want to eat in restaurants and spend on other things like souvenirs and tourist attractions. Some people prefer to eat only on the boat and don’t spend anything on restaurants and some prefer to eat outside whenever we are on land. This is very individual.
Who can join
You should have at least 1 week of sea sailing experience on board a sailing yacht to join this trip. If you are new to ocean sailing, this is a great opportunity for you to get into it.
You will become an active member of the crew. You are not just a passenger. During the voyage, you will assist with helming, sail trimming and all the normal duties of a crew member whilst having the opportunity to learn about weather, routing, navigation, boat handling and many more according to your interests and experience. Above all, it should be fun and recreational for everyone.
If English is not your native language, and you don’t know the English sailing terms, don’t worry. You will learn the necessary vocabulary in no time while on board.
- Start: Lisbon Humberto Delgado Airport (LIS) is the main international gateway to Portugal. The airport is located within the city limits and only a few kilometres away from the Doca de Alcântara Marina.
- Finish: Marina San Miguel is located 8 km from the Tenerife South Airport (TFS). You can take a taxi or bus from the marina. Alternatively, you can fly from Tenerife North Airport (TFN).
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Marcin Wojtyczka: RYA Yachtmaster Ocean commercially endorsed, RYA Yachtmaster Cruising Instructor
What should you pack
You can download a complete checklist here.
The most important items:
- head torch for night sailing
- boat shoes that don’t leave marks on the deck
- foul weather gear (if you have one), otherwise waterproof jacket
- waterproof boots (normal rubber wellies are fine as long as they don’t leave marks on deck)
- some warmer clothes for the night
- insurance policy
- payment/credit cards
- phone with charger
- sleeping bag
The trip will be focused on milebulding and training. In total, we should log around 850 nautical miles and 170h in tidal waters.
Lisbon - Madeira (Porto Santo) - Madeira (Funchal) - Tenerife
We will be maintaining a watch system to ensure everyone is well rested and meals are prepared on time and maintenance is undertaken when necessary.
We will try to stick to the planned route, but the final itinerary will be decided in association with you, the crew, in light of the weather and crew conditions at the time.
NEW OCEANIS 40.1 (2023) First Line (Performance)
She will be a new boat directly from the boatyard in La Rochelle. A new hull design makes her astonishingly stable while reducing resistance to forward motion. She is the sportier First Line edition with an extra-long mast and keel offering exceptional performance.
She will be fully equipped for ocean sailing with bluewater gear like watermaker, satellite communication, solar panels, sextant etc. We will inspect the boat thoroughly before we set the sails to ensure that every bit of equipment is absolutely ship-shaped.
- Year: 2023
- Type: sailing
- CE design category: A – Ocean
- Hull: monohull
- Length (LOA): 12.87 m (42.3 ft)
- Waterline length (LWL): 11.70 m (38.5 ft)
- Hull speed: 8.3kt
- Berths (Bunks): 6
- Cabins: 3
- WC / Shower: 2
- Beam: 4.18 m
- Draught: 2.27 m - performance draft
- Air draft: 18.78 m - performance mast
- Engine: 45 HP
- Fuel capacity: 195 L (Diesel)
- Water capacity: 330 L
- Batteries: 230 AH for service, 120 Ah for engine
- Displacement: 7985 kg
- Performance running rigging
- Cascading backstay
- Twin rudder
- 2 composite steering wheels
- Sails: full-batten mainsail 43.2 m2, Furling genoa (105%) 36.5 m2, Code-0 61.1 m2, Storm Jib 9 m2
- Solar panels
- Whisker pole
- Lee cloth in the saloon
- DSC VHF radio
- Power inverter from 12V DC to 230V AC
- Handheld VHF DSC radio
- AIS class B transponder (Transponder/Receiver)
- Radar reflector
- Chart plotter with GPS and digital chartography charts
- Sextant Astra IIIB Deluxe
- Iridium satellite terminal (getting weather forecasts and contacting family offshore - available for the whole crew)
- PredictWind Offshore app (satellite-enabled license) - Ocean Racing proven, highest resolution marine forecasts
- Complete set of pilot books, almanacs and charts
- Pillows, bedlinen and towels for each crew member
Average weather conditions:
You can expect a pleasant temperature of 19° C during the day in Lisbon and 12° C at night. As we move south the temperature should be slowly increasing to 22° C in Madeira and 24° C in Tenerife during the day and 18° C at night. You can expect very little rain during the trip.
Seawater in Madeira and Canaries is quite warm in November with an average of 22° C. So we should be able to enjoy swimming in the ocean.
Wind and sea state
Sailing conditions are expected to be great with the average wind speed along the anticipated route of 5 Bft.
The sailing area north of Madeira can be influenced by North Atlantic low-pressure systems at this time of the year. In November, fronts and occasionally secondary depressions may cross the area. Winds are variable but those from the north are more common. Challenging sailing area and a fantastic opportunity to practice weather routing.
The sea state is expected to be moderate to rough but improving as we move south.
The favourable current flows southwards year-round and should add an extra 0.5 kt to our speed.
The route is divided into several long passages with night sailing. You will receive a certificate of passage to prove your sea time for sailing licenses. You will be an active member of the crew, and we will provide practical training on board to ensure safety and improve sailing skills.
We give a great amount of responsibility to each crew member in running the ship so that you can gain a good experience and learn new skills as much or as little as you want. The skipper is an instructor and will find it difficult not to teach or coach anyone who shows the slightest bit of interest.
RYA qualifying passages
If you are an aspiring Skipper or Yachtmaster, it will be an excellent opportunity to gain bluewater miles, practice navigation, pilotage and COLREG skills so that you can be more confident and comfortable when taking a boat out to sea on your own.
The opportunity will also be there to act as a skipper (with guidance if needed from the skipper) for your RYA Yachtmaster Coastal or RYA Yachtmaster Offshore qualifying 60M passages.
The long ocean passage can be used as a qualifying passage for RYA Yachtmaster Ocean if that’s what you need. You will be able to get your mileage and required celestial sights during the trip.
Main topics that you can learn or brush up:
- Maneuvering under sails & engine: berthing, hoisting and lowering sails, reefing, tacking, gybing, sail trim
- Safety: use of liferaft, lifejacket, EPIRB, PLB, AIS beacons, managing emergencies
- Equipment: use of Autopilot, AIS, VHF, Satellite communication
- Weather forecasts and weather routing
- Ocean & coastal navigation: digital and traditional (including astronavigation)
- Night navigation
- Pilotage and passage planning
- Use of Code 0 sail
- Use of whisker pole for downwind sailing
- Storm tactics and the use of storm jib
- Life on board: organization of watches, nutrition, sleep management
Celestial navigation (astronavigation)
During the voyage, we will practice traditional methods of fixing positions without sight of land. During the long ocean passages, we will navigate using celestial navigation. You will learn how to use a sextant and how to calculate your own position using the sun, planets, moon and stars.
12 November: Joining day - Lisbon
We will spend the first day preparing and victualling the yacht, going over the safety routines and practices, getting up to speed with the boat and learning or refreshing all the basic sailing skills before we embark on the journey. Once we slip the lines there will be plenty of occasions to practice tacking, gybing, reefing, boat handling under the engine and all the other key skills we must have.
Lisbon - Belem area
Lisbon characteristic streets
Lisbon is the capital and largest city of Portugal. It is an ancient city remarkable for its beauty and maritime past. Lisboa is among the top tourist preferences in Europe. The city enjoys a Mediterranean climate and is a mix of character and charm with 20 centuries of history.
Perhaps the most memorable parts of Lisbon are in the Belem area close to the Marina Doca de Alcantara where we will start our trip. These include the Torre de Bellem monument and the impressive Jeronimos Monastery. Vasco da Gama and his crew spent their last night in Portugal in prayer here before leaving for India and their historic voyage.
Madeira - Porto Santo (~600 NM / 4 days of sailing)
A great introduction to Ocean Sailing with an offshore passage from Liston to Madeira. The trade winds should be playing in our favour. This 600 NM Ocean passage will take around 5 days. We will make a short stop in Porto Santo, before pushing on to our final destination - Funchal
Porto Santo beach
Porto Santo landscape
Porto Santo is a spectacular and unspoilt island, rich in natural, historical and cultural resources. This Atlantic island boasts 9 km of fine golden sands ideal for sunbathing and swimming. The sand is soft, fine and smooth and consists mainly of calcium carbonate in the form of calcite, which has special thermal qualities. Vila Baleira can tell stories and legends of the distant and recent past, in fact, a visit to the Christopher Columbus Museum will allow you to get to know the house in which he once lived.
Madeira - Funchal (~50 NM / 0.5 day of sailing)
Madeira, the island known as the Pearl of Atlantic, is a Portuguese archipelago in the Atlantic between the Azores and the Canaries. It is repeatedly voted Europe's, and even the world's, top island destination. The main island of Madeira is volcanic, green and rugged, with high cliffs and black sand beaches.
We will berth in Funchal Europe's most picturesque and cleanest capital. The city is nestled in a great natural amphitheatre, facing the blue Atlantic with a backdrop of dramatic mountains. Located in the stunning south of Madeira, on its sunniest coast amidst banana plantations and wonderful gardens where flowers bloom all year round in the shelter of the mountains.
Tenerife (~300 NM / 2 days of sailing)
Tenerife is the island of thousand experiences. If there's one thing Tenerife can brag about, it's extraordinary natural spaces.
Tenerife (Los Gigantes)
El Teide (Natural World Heritage Site)
Tenerife is the largest of the seven Canary Islands. The island is an idyll with a remarkable variety of geographic options from other-worldly desert landscapes to lush green mountains to stunning seascapes. The island's varied topography offers a plethora of options for the adventurer. From the beach to the forest, explore banana plantation-filled valleys, marvel at lunar landscapes, or hike through beautiful caverns.
20 November: Finishing day, Marina San Miguel on Tenerife
We will finish our trip in Marina San Miguel. It's always a strange feeling to pack up, say farewell to new friends and prepare to head back home.
Tenerife north landscape
Marina San Miguel
If you have one day to spare after the trip, we can highly recommend renting a car and visiting Teide National Park. As well as being home to the impressive volcanic structure that is the Teide, the highest peak in Spain (3 715m) and a Natural World Heritage Site, you will find here what is possibly the most striking scenery you have ever seen. These are some of the most spectacular volcanic manifestations on the planet.
If you want to continue the journey join the next transatlantic leg to sail across the ocean from Tenerife to Martinique.
Check out the FAQ section for common questions.
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