Where do you want to sail this winter?
Winter Sunshine Sailing
Beat those winter blues, say goodbye to dark nights and say hello to crystal clear waters and starry night skies.
Look forward to your winter and to some amazing tall ship Autumn and Winter Sunshine Sailing, watch wildlife, stargaze, take in some much needed vitamins and have a really unique sailing adventure.
- An appetite for life
- Nothing else offers so much for you.
Cuba, how long will it remain a time warped in the 1950’s? Probably not long once the US $ starts to gather momentum.
You can sail to or from Havana on Oosterschelde this winter.
A brilliant opportunity to experience Cuba before or after your tall ship adventure.
Enjoy Sunshine Sailing in the Canary Isles
Sail in the winter sunshine in the Canary Isles with a typical average temperature of 70 Degrees Fahrenheit (21 degrees Celsius).
- Excellent sailing winds between the group of five mountainous islands and quieter areas closer to shore. A great mix of daysails and overnight passages will really give you some thrilling sailing across the deep seas between the islands.
- The Canary Isles is home to a variety of dolphins and whales and is on the migratory route. You don’t need to sail too far from the coast to come across dolphins, finback whales, pilot whales and sperm whales to name just a few! Many cetacean research vessels study here and there is a breeding ground for pilot whales off Tenerife.
- Experience a wonderful starry night sky under sail or a quiet stroll on deck in a remote anchorage studying the expanse of the universe in all its glory above your head. Many of the world’s astronomy telescopes are here in the mountains as the night skies are so unpolluted and excellent for astronomical observations.
- Walking in the Western Canaries has come a long way in recent years with clear access and good pathways. The surprisingly lush vegetation, pine trees and terraces of bananas and many crops and local fauna make for interesting walks ashore.
Sunshine Sailing Across Oceans
It’s in the autumn that lots of our ships head south for the sun or further afield. Cross the Atlantic or head south to the Cape Verde.
- Crossing an ocean on a square rigger - real voyages of discovery from 8 to 66 days
- It is possible to live ashore comfortably, and dare we say boringly, but you will never know your true strengths and weaknesses, or what you can achieve working with others.
- Crossing an ocean sailing on a square rigger or a smaller traditional sailing boat is a challenge and a lifetime ambition you should seize whilst you still can. It is also a very ethical way to go between continents - powered by the mighty trade winds - as part of your world travel plans.
"Is it boring ? What will I do ? Paint a sunset, mend a sail, follow an albatross, help the cook bake bread, climb higher up the rigging each day, switch to ocean time, breathe deep and take stock of your life."
Sunshine Sailing in Cape Verde
Fabulous sailing and awesome exploration trips ashore make this a very different way of seeing these splendid islands.
- The inhabited islands include Brava, Fogo, Santiago, Maio, Sal, Boa Vista, Sao Nicholau, Sao Antao and Sao Vincente in two distinct groups - windward and leeward islands.
- The seas are rich with fish like wahoo and tuna and the locals still sail in and out the surf in small boats with lug sails. Flying fish skip between the wave crests and you may see whales or dolphins.
- The tropical climate is similar to the Caribbean but drier. Cape Verde has suffered many droughts so rain is very rare. Average monthly temperatures in January and February are around 23 degrees Centigrade (74 F) and the sea is a balmy 23 degrees C average too.
Cape Verde has a dark past as Portuguese colony and holding station for the African slave trade. Miles of cobbled mountain roads were built by slaves. There is a rich culture, awareness of their past and hauntingly beautiful music and singing, telling the tales of the islands and fight against slavery
Winter Sunshine Sailing in the Caribbean
Explore some remote islands and enjoy the sun on Oosterschelde in the Caribbean. See Bermuda from a tall ship and explore each island whilst sailing in paradise.
- Lush rainforests, mountains and waterfalls, If you have been dazzled by the natural scenery in the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' movies then both Guadeloupe and Dominica are much closer to that lush volcanic island paradise than more well known Caribbean tourism locations. The second movie 'Dead Mans Chest' and 3rd Capt Jack Sparrow adventure At 'World's End' were filmed in the rainforests of Dominica, close to Guadeloupe.
- Coral Reefs & Marine Wildlife, some of the best dive sites in the world are in the Caribbean. Alive with fish and coral and up-welling plankton, this sunken volcanic crater is also deep enough for sperm whales to swim close inshore and frigate birds cruise the skies.
- The average daily high temperature in January (Guadeloupe) is 28 degrees Centigrade (83 F) with lows of 19 degrees centigrade. The voyages in January and February are well outside the wettest months (July-Nov) with the driest period being Feb- April, but the humidity is high. The ever present trade winds are the saving grace, so particularly at sea you can enjoy hot sun and cooling breezes.
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