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Horta (PT) - London (GB)

22 May - 04 June 2018

13 days, Stad Amsterdam

From € 2080,-

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Oceancrossing Sail Training

3-person cabin (p.p.p.): € 2080,-
2-person cabin (p.p.p.): € 2450,-
1-person cabin (p.p.p.): € 3675,-

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Stad Amsterdam:
Horta (PT) - London (GB)

22 May - 04 June 2018

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* FULLY BOOKED * Practical Square Rig Seamanship Sail Training Course in cooperation with Enkhuizen Nautical College. This is a voyage like no others! The non-stop, ocean-crossing journey from the Azores to London will be filled with intense Sail Training program. You will make 1600 nautical miles while working in a watch system with your fellow trainees. You will also spend around 2 hours each day learning theory, including navigation, meteorology and history & theory of square rig sailing. The overall program will be concluded with a ceremony and presentation of a certificate of attendance. Open for all ages, minimum age 15 years. Join the previous trip from Miami to Horta for a full Atlantic Crossing and 15% off of the whole Miami-London passage.

Training Outline

 Navigation

  • Basic knowledge of navigation
  • Working with the sextant
  • Altitude corrections
  • Declination and Noon latitude
  • Time calculation
  • GHA – LHA
  • Tabular sight reduction
  • Plotting a position
  • Moon – Stars – Planets
  • Principles of coastal navigation

 

Meteorology

  • General circulation on earth – Coriolis
  • Low and high pressure areas
  • Ocean currents
  • Sailing routes
  • Tropical cyclones

 

History and theory of square rig sailing

  • Historical development of sailing ships
  • Theory: sail plan and lateral plan
  • True and apparent wind
  • Heavy weather sailing

 

Practical Square rig sailing

  • Line handling & organisation (the system behind the Pin Rail Diagram)
  • Sail handling
  • Manoeuvring under sail
  • Lookout duties
  • Steering
  • Rig Maintenance & skills

 

Navigational instruments 

  • Short principals of the function of and the theory behind the main navigational instruments
  • Practical use of the navigational instruments

 

Routing and sail planning (daily presentations by the captain)

  • Planning the voyage taking into account wind and currents (long & short term)
  • Different sources of information on wind and currents
  • Sail planning (long & short term)
  • Progress of the voyage
  • Evaluation of sail manoeuvres
  • Planning of departure & arrival (formalities and manoeuvring)

 

Ship Board organisation

  • People in key functions explain their tasks and responsibilities (officers, engineers, hotel manager, bosun, head of housekeeping, quartermasters)
  • Basic knowledge about implementation of the ISM (International Management Code for the Safe Operation of Ships and for Pollution Prevention) and ships procedures
  • Explanation of the ships planned maintenance system

 

Ports

Horta is situated in the western part of the Archipelago of the Azores on the island of Faial. The marina is a primary stop for yachts crossing the Atlantic. Its walls and walkways are covered in paintings created by the crews of visiting ships. Peter's Cafe Sport, located across from the marina, houses the island's scrimshaw museum. A collection of artefacts carved from whale tooth and jawbone. This café is a point of reference for trans-Atlantic yachtsmen and sailors.

London is a centre for business, finance, the arts and tourism. As such, the city has something to offer for everyone. But visiting London by ship makes the experience extra special. Go see a play in West End, explore Soho, or take a tourist bus for a sightseeing ride. Go to Hyde Park, close to Buckingham Palace, if the city bustle is a bit much after an ocean voyage. And work on your cultural karma by visiting a few of the many museums. London is so big you’ll need to revisit to see it all!

  • Horta (PT)

  • London (GB)

Key points

  • Dates: 22 May 2018 - 4 June 2018
  • Embarkation: 17:00 / Disembarkation: 10:00
  • For Windseekers of all ages, minimum age 15 years
  • Windseekers joining:
  • No sailing experience required!
  • Official language on board: English
  • Price includes: accommodation and meals, excludes drinks at the bar
  • Price excludes transportation costs to-and from the ports. Our travel counsellor can advise you and book your transfers
  • Windseekers need to have a health insurance and a travel insurance
  • Agathe (26) France

    "Discovering how far you can surpass yourself and push your limits out of your comfort zone"

  • Annette (18) Denmark

    "I have met new people, been up in the mast, seen indescribable sunsets and laughed a lot. Learning how to sail a ship has been the coolest thing I have done so far and I have confidence in what I do now"

  • Barnabas (22) Hungary

    "IT WAS AN ABSOLUTE JOY TO STEER FOR HOURS WHEN THE WIND WAS BLOWING AND EVEN WHEN IT WAS COMPETELY DEAD. I LOVED TO SEE THE SEA, I LOVED THE SILENCE OF THE OCEAN."

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