* 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.
Basic knowledge of navigation
Working with the sextant
Declination and Noon latitude
GHA – LHA
Tabular sight reduction
Plotting a position
Moon – Stars – Planets
Principles of coastal navigation
General circulation on earth – Coriolis
Low and high pressure areas
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)
Manoeuvring under sail
Rig Maintenance & skills
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
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!
Dates: 22 May 2018 - 4 June 2018
Embarkation: 17:00 / Disembarkation: 10:00
For Windseekers of all ages, minimum age 15 years
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
Mathijn (13) Netherlands
"Sailing on the North Sea by night, watching millions of stars"
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."
Ida (19) Finland
"The best moment was when we crossed the finish line and everybody celebrated together. The tone was simply unforgettable!"
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