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From 750€ per person
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Adventure offered by Nigel

Enjoy an open water crossing from Madeira to Tenerife, with a stopover in La Gomera island.
On this trip, we will sail from the tropical island of Madeira to the rugged Canary island of Tenerife, before passing through the crystal clear Atlantic waters of La Gomera, known to be the magical-hidden gem of the Canary Islands.
We will sail on this iconic ocean voyage from Madeira’s luxuriant green shores, with its primitive laurel forest, unique water channels, waterfalls and the ever-blooming city of Funchal.
Just a day sailing to the south, we can find Ilhas Selvagens marine park, which, in 2021 celebrated 50 years of protection by extending the zone to become Europe’s largest park. With the weather and the sea in our favor,  we will have the opportunity to use zodiacs and go ashore to spot for the mystical Shearwater, known to nest on the rocky shores of this moon-scaped island.
With a journey of 285 nautical miles of open sea, we invite all participants to get involved in navigation tasks, from controlling the rudder to trimming the sails. When you are not involved in the sailing there’s plenty of time to fish, read, play board games or share sailing stories by the bar.
During this voyage, you may find it impossible not to be impressed by the beauty and power of the ocean. As we venture further into the Atlantic Ocean, it may seem equally impossible that man could have had any negative impact on such a remote location. At this point, and thanks to the support of our partners at Waste Free Oceans, we invite our guests to participate in our citizen science project to analyze the purity of the water where we will be sailing. At different intervals of the voyage, we will trawl a small net to capture what is floating in the ocean. Many people find shocking the evidence of man’s impact on the environment, hundreds of miles away from the coast. Seeing this has a powerful effect, inspiring us to take action, raise awareness and inspire social change.
On the penultimate day, we anchor to the south of the beautiful island of La Gomera. Its palm-filled valleys, deep ravines, black sand beaches, crystal-clear waters and magical forests have helped La Gomera become known as the Canary Island’s hidden treasure island.
We will disembark on our final day in Santa Cruz, Tenerife.
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  • Plan
    Board at 10.00h in Madeira
    Disembark at 10.00h in Santa Cruz de Tenerife
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The price indicated in the activity corresponds to a communal shared bunk cabin and is the lowest of all the rates we offer. We have more type of cabins (bunk bed cabin, double bed cabin, master cabin...) at higher prices.

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Meet Nigel, the coordinator
9 reviews At Sailwiz since 2018
I am a passionate sailor, and whenever possible spend my weekends in or around the water with my family. In 2017, after 13 years, I stopped working at the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race and moved to Portugal to work on the Santa Maria Manuela project to run sailing holidays.
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Boat details

Four masted schooner Santa Maria Manuela offers adventure voyages, island hopping, ocean voyages, diving and oceanographic expeditions for individuals of all ages and groups. At 223ft long (63 metres) she is the largest tall ship Classic Sailing offers activity holidays on, but the crew to guest ratio is excellent so you will be well looked after. This historic Portuguese tall ship has excellent facilities on board and plenty of holiday toys like dive ribs, 'stand up paddle boards' and kayaks, but this is also a ship where you can take part in the hands on sailing, join a night watch or climb the rigging.

Santa Maria Manuela was once the flagship of the Portuguese cod fishing fleet. Built in 1937, in the same year as her sister ship Creoula, she was designed to fish the Newfoundland Banks and rich fishing waters of Arctic Greenland. She often carries the small rowing and sailing dories that would have set out from the mother ship to fish for cod, so you can continue her fishing tradition from small boats or from her huge wooden decks.
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  • Model: Custom - 4 masted scooner
  • Capacity: 44 spots
  • Length: 68.00 m
  • Cabins: 16
  • Year: 1937
  • Bathrooms: 16
  • GPS
  • Radar
  • Life jackets
  • VHF
  • Sounding line
  • Electric windlass
  • Autopilot
  • Wind equipment
  • Generator
  • Tender
  • Bow thruster
  • Shower
  • Diving equipment
  • Fishing rods
  • HI-FI equipment
  • Wifi
  • TV

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5 · 9 reviews

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    November of 2023
    The trip was organized very well.
    I booked at the last minute and no surprises.
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    August of 2023
    We have had a wonderful experience thanks to Nigel's management and the good work of the captain and crew.
    Totally recommended!
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    Reply from Nigel
    It was a pleasure sailing with you. you are always welcome on board
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    July of 2023
    The best experience lived on a sailboat and more in the spectacular Azores
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    July of 2023
    A privilege to have been able to navigate the SMM. Memorable
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    Reply from Nigel
    Hello Juan

    It has been a pleasure sailing with you. Thank you for your passion and interest in MMS. You are always welcome back. Good winds.
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  • FOTO EC1
    July of 2023
    All very positive. Especially the crew and cleanliness
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    Reply from Nigel

    It has been a pleasure sailing with you. Thank you for your passion and interest in MMS. You are always welcome back. Good winds.
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    July of 2023
    The journey has far exceeded my expectations.
    The entire crew was lovely and the boat was wonderful.
    I have learned and enjoyed a lot. I hope I can repeat!
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