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Funchal, Madeira (PT) - Porto Santo (PT) - Funchal, Madeira (PT)

23 December - 27 December 2024

4 days, Santa Maria Manuela

From € 600,-

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Sail Training

in a shared cabin M/F: € 600,-
in a bunk cabin (1 person): € 1020,-
in a bunk cabin (2 people): € 1360

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Santa Maria Manuela:
Funchal, Madeira (PT) - Porto Santo (PT) - Funchal, Madeira (PT)

23 December - 27 December 2024

Christmas sailing in Madeira. Escape the long cold winter nights and embrace the semi-tropical warmth of Madeira on this enchanting Christmas voyage. Join Santa Maria Manuela and set sail from Funchal to the picturesque anchorage of Porto Santo, sharing the festive spirit in nautical style with old friends and new. Bask in warm sunny weather and engage in all aspects of sailing as you navigate between islands, from helming to trimming sails. Soak in the breathtaking panorama of Porto Santo’s pristine sands and turquoise waters and encounter the uninhabited beauty of the Ilhas Desertas Nature Reserve before returning to Funchal for a festive Christmas feast amidst glittering lights.
For Windseekers aged 14-80 years (trainees younger than 18 have to be accompanied by an adult).
There are different cabins available, both for single and double occupancy – contact info@windseeker.org for details.

Ports

Funchal is the capital of the Portugese Madeira Autonomous Region in the Atlantic. Vistit Quinta das Cruzes - an old Madeiran manor house turned museum, lively local market Mercado dos Lavradores and botanical garden Jardins Botânicos da Madeira. If you're looking for a thrill of an adventure you must take a ride in the Toboggan - a wooden sled that guided by the drivers who will push you down steep hills.

Funchal is the capital of the Portugese Madeira Autonomous Region in the Atlantic. Vistit Quinta das Cruzes - an old Madeiran manor house turned museum, lively local market Mercado dos Lavradores and botanical garden Jardins Botânicos da Madeira. If you're looking for a thrill of an adventure you must take a ride in the Toboggan - a wooden sled that guided by the drivers who will push you down steep hills.

  • Funchal, Madeira (PT)

  • Funchal, Madeira (PT)

Key points

  • Dates: 23 December 2024 - 27 December 2024
  • Embarkation: 16:00 / Disembarkation: 10:00
  • For Windseekers aged 14-80 years, 14-18 accompanied by an adult
  • Windseekers joining: maximum 36
  • 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
  • Possible diets: regular, vegetarian, gluten-free, some allergies
  • Windseekers need to have a health insurance and a travel insurance
  • Bedding and towels are provided on board
  • "An amazing adventure that teaches you things you will never learn somewhere else."

    Claire (20)

You sail on the Santa Maria Manuela

Santa Maria Manuela
Shipping type: Grand Bank Schooner
Homeport: Aveiro (PT)
Date built: 1937
Trainees: 50
Length: 68,64m
Height of mast: 37 m
Sail: 1130 m2

Santa Maria Manuela is is serving as a Sail Training  Ship. Unlike in the past, she will no longer bring fishermen to the fishing banks of Newfoundland and Greenland. Instead, these days she brings a new touristic offer, which stands …

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Windseeker logs

  • This is Where I Belong

    Oosterschelde, 2013

    Sailing from Maurituis to Australia

    – by Hannah Hurford

    When I found out that you could still sail traditional ships I remember thinking: a) this is probably a joke, and b) why have I not done it yet? I had experience sailing on yachts and dinghies but with an interest in naval …

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  • The Perfect Day on Santa Maria Manuela

    Santa Maria Manuela, July 2018

    Sunderland-Esbjerg

    – by Trainees

      14.07.18. by a Trainee Sailed on the Santa Maria Manuela at 15:00 hours. Bright sunshine and thousands of excited people lining the jetties, docks, hills, homes and piers, waving enthusiastically. On board, all the crew and trainees waved at the onlookers …

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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.