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Viana do Castelo (PT) - Oostende (BE)

13 September - 22 September 2021

9 days, Patricia

From € 950,-

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Sail Training

15-26: € 950,-
26+: € 1350,-
26+ when booking for 2 or more people: € 1215

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Patricia:
Viana do Castelo (PT) - Oostende (BE)

13 September - 22 September 2021

Homeward bound. Bring Patricia back to Belgium in this 9-day journey up the coast of Europe. Sail from sunny Portugal, across the Bay of Biscay and along the English Channel towards Oostende. Learn to set and trim the sails, steer, navigate (also by the stars!) and enjoy spending time out at sea. For all Windseekers aged 15+ Special offer for trainees sailing for a full price (26 and older): bring a friend and both of you will have a 10% discount!

Ports

Oostende is a seaport and tourist destination on the Belgian coast. The original belle époque architecture was largely destroyed by two world wars (and the advent of mass tourism), but the city still has plenty of worthwhile sights to see, such as the Mu.ZEE, the Petrus and Paulus church, and the fort Napolean. Visit one of the museums, check out the lively cultural agenda, and step in a Belgian tavern for a ‘pinteke’. And don’t forget the beach, which can be crowded in the summer!

  • Oostende (BE)

Key points

  • Dates: 13 September 2021 - 22 September 2021
  • For Windseekers of all ages, minimum age 15 years
  • Windseekers joining: maximum 10
  • No sailing experience required!
  • Price includes accommodation and food during sailing, excludes food while in port
  • Price excludes: transportation costs to and from the ship, food costs when in port, and harbour dues to be shared equally between all crew
  • Windseekers need to have a health insurance and a travel insurance
  • Need to take with you on board: sleeping bag, pillowcase, towels
  • "It is an adventure you don’t want to miss! Being a sailor only takes passion and motivation."

    Axel (23), France

You sail on the Patricia

Shipping type: Sloop Marconi 9/10
Homeport:
Date built: 2014
Trainees:
Length: 16.76 m
Height of mast:
Sail: 339.6 sqm

STV (Sail Training Vessel) Patricia was launched for the first time in 2014. It’s an Xp55. X-yachts is a Danish brand. All X-yachts are very fast. On top of that the “p” in Xp stands for “performance”, opposite to “c” …

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Windseeker logs

  • Stargazing at Starpoint

    Tecla, September 2014

    – by Captain Gijs

    Finally, after two and a half days of motor sailing, we are able to carry on under sail alone. A bit later than expected, but still very welcome, the ESE-ly winds have filled our sails again. Progress has been good …

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  • Fun day out with friends

    Wadden Sea, October 2020

    All photos courtesy of BTOWU

    – by Nienke

    Besides providing us with super awesome, smart, science people to ensure the high quality of the sustainability side of our Exchange programs, By the Ocean we Unite also organize their own things. Like ‘citizen science’ day trips, during which folks …

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Photos

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STO Garant

This Journey is covered by the STO Garant guarantee. You can find the conditions for this guarantee scheme on STO Garant’s website (www.sto-garant.nl/en/downloads).

This process is automatic and you do not need to do anything else. After receiving your booking, Windseeker will send you detailed information on how and when to pay for your journey – together with all the other important details.

 

What does it mean?

In short: you do not pay the booking amount to Windseeker but instead into an escrow account. This trust account holds your payment in reserve until your journey’s end. The booking amount is then released to Windseeker on the day after your trip ends. If Windseeker or the Ship should become financially insolvent before the end of your trip, STO Garant will implement the guarantee. The Guarantee Scheme details how you can make a claim under the guarantee in such cases. You can read more about this here.