Blue Ocean Sailing – All Hands on Deck for the Atlantic Experience

Voyage No. Start date End date Start port End port Days Price
BE291017 Sun 29 Oct (15.00) Wed 8 Nov (22:00) Cascais, Portugal Tenerife, San Miguel Marina 11 £825 Book voyage »

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Bessie Ellen’s final leg south to her winter destination.  Join from Cascais and and settle into watches for the sea crossing to Madeira & the western Canaries.  This leg will require voyage crew to stand watches, steering and handing sail.  A very good opportunity for those wishing to gain sea miles for yacht master.

Voyage Details

Voyage Description

Blue water sailing from the shores of Portgual as we head out to the westwards for a stop in Madeira or La Palma in the Canaries.  As we are a sailing ship the wind is our friend and detailed plan will be made on the days before departure.

Madeira is always a favourite, with her remote misty mountains and vibrant city culture its a place to hire a car for the day and tour at our own pace.  Driving licence essential for car hire.

From Madeira, we will either head SE wards towards Graciosa off Lanzarote.  This wonderful island, now a national park is a gem in the Canary chain and well worth the visit. If the more Southerly course is favoured, the first port of call will be La Palma.  The fairest of the islands, this is Nikki’s favourite.  The steep slopes are furnished with Banana plantations and vines as you climb steeper and steeper to the very top of the isle.  Here the mountain opens out into the famous caldera with swirling mists and snow lined tips, the experience is to see the vertical drop down to the villages at sea level. Well worth a day to explore before heading to La Gomera.



Rich in wildlife, this voyage should certainly deliver many species.  Whales and  dolphins are certain.  The ocean wanderer, Cory shearwater cane seen nesting on Madeira.

On La Palma, the indigenous canary pine swathes the upper slopes of the volcano,while Gomera’s rainforest, devastated by fire some 5 years ago is a wonderful place to see birds, lizards and other animals of the forest.


Useful Information

How to get there:

Cascais is easily reachable from Lisbon by car or by train (30min), from the Cais do Sodré station. A return ticket costs approx 4€ and can be bought from the automatic ticket machines.

Carris operate a bus between Cais do Sodre and Lisbon Airport every 20 mins. It is a yellow ‘Aerobus’ no. 1 and leaves from outside the terminal. Costs approximately €3.50 one way  Cais do Sodre is the last stop.

A car ride between Lisbon International Airport and Cascais takes 30 minutes.

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Visitor Attractions:

Jerez has much to see as does the ancient city of Cadiz.  Wines and sherries are produced in the region and the bodegas are worth a visit.  If you get a chance, the vibrant city of Sevilla  should not be missed.


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