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8th May 2023 to 23rd May 2023

Portugal to Balearics Sailing Expedition

£2270 per person

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Jump onboard an epic sailing adventure from Portugal to the stunning Balearics, exploring beautiful beaches and towns along the way!

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Suited to
Solo, Couples, Groups
Difficulty
Moderate - Previous racing experience and a good level of fitness essential.
Nights onboard
15
Vessel type
Swan 411
Vessel length
41ft
Skipper
Yes
Berth Style
Single bunks in a shared double cabin (max 4 crew)
Insurance Required
Yes

Log around 1,400NM on this mile builder to the home of fantastic beaches, crystal clear water and secret coves. All just waiting to be explored, join us on this stunning sailing adventure of discovery!

15  Nights: 08 - 23 May 2023

€2,600 / £2,270 per person

Balearics Sailing Expedition is a spectacular Mile Building trip for those one looking to log miles (around 1400NM).

This Sailing Expedition is a good option if you are looking for an adventurous 2-week sailing trip with several night watches and landing in different ports. You'll have the opportunity not only to explore a beautiful part of the world but boost your sailing skills at the same time!

Starting in Olhão Marina, near Faro you'll cross the Strait of Gibraltar well be heading to Cabo de Gata and after that to Cabo de Palos where we will cross to Formentera and Ibiza.

Day 1

After check in and get yourself comfortable we will be discovering the boat and visit the local market to buy fresh fruit and vegetables. After the safety briefing and checking the weather we will do the passage plan. If the weather forecast is good we will be casting off after lunch on a passage to Barbate or Gilbraltar. That should be around 24-26 hours.

Day 2-3

Passing the Strait requires some preparation. Sometimes the stop can be long waiting for the weather. After all, this is about sailing! This sailing ground can be tricky so we must be patient and sail with the weather. After passing the strait we will be heading to cabo de Gata.

Day 3-5

Probably with a stop to fill up water tanks in Almerimar or Cartagena. Cartagena is special. Worth to spend some time there. The highlight of these trips obviously is to drop anchor in Formentera and swim in blue crystal waters. If we have the time we will be sailing into Cabrera and hiking in this beautiful island (nature park).

Day 5-6

At this time we should be spotting Formentera or Ibiza. Time to swim around in the turquoise water of Formentera and explore ashore. We have time we sail up to Cabrera archipelago to enjoy a nice walk in the Nature Park.

Day 7-8

We turn around and start our way back to Portugal. If we don’t hit the Balearics on day 7 this is part of the game.

Day 8-16

Sailing back from the Balearics crossing Costa Blanca and Costa del Sol requires some nice strategy. We need to go with the wind and as we approach the Strait of Gibraltar normally the winds accelerate and its not rare to find gale warnings in the area. We might stop in San José, Almerimar, or another port.

  • Life jackets.
  • All on-board food and snacks.
  • Your travel to and from the start and endpoints.
  • Travel insurance
  • Any alcohol – but feel free to bring your own or buy some along the route
  • Any meals you eat ashore

Vessel

Swan 411

 

The Swan 411 is an absolute classic, beautifully designed by Sparkman & Stephens and strongly built by Nautor’s Swan between 1977 and 1979. It has one double forward cabin and one aft double cabin with a total of 4 bunks.

What to expect

This is a sailing expedition, so motoring 20 hours or so to reach a port is not in our plans. This means that we need wind to sail and may have to rearrange our route to follow it. It is part of the game.

Yes, it is true you may feel wet or seasick. Our job is to make you feel nice and warm. Also happy and positive enjoying the beauty of sailing.

Even with all our efforts to keep you nice and warm, at some point you may feel wet or seasick. We all do. But bear in mind that keeping positive will help you to make the most out of any challenge. Focus on enjoying the experience and preparing yourself for arrival. After a rough sail, setting foot on land again feels even better. Since sailing means teamwork and respect, you are encouraged to join all the running tasks of the vessel. Please let us know to what extent you are ready to help, learn and participate. Being proactive will make you feel more engaged and rewarded.
We really appreciate a positive environment onboard. If something is not ok with you, please tell us.

Below decks expect your own single bunk. For lunch, we will have light but healthy foods, made as much as possible from natural non-processed items. For dinner, nice and warm meals. We like to buy local, sustainable products, whenever we can. Sometimes we fish underway, sometimes we don’t.

Aboard we will have to organize shifts for night watches and other tasks, so routines are flexible and you can individually define your schedule for breakfasts or other snacks. Lunch and dinner, however, are meant to be shared as they are part of our jobs as a team. So every day we will have a different chef onboard (chosen from the crew) and gather to enjoy it. Also ashore we will explore together and try local food in restaurants off the beaten track.

Your Role Onboard

  • You have booked a sailing expedition as a crew. Do not expect a charter cruise. Don’t  expect a cruise ship type of trip.
    Feel at “home”. Take care of each other. You will be involved in running the boat, keeping the boat nice and clean. Expect:

 

  • Wash dishes – the rule is: team doing meals does dishes
  • Cleaning (heads included!)
  • Cooking on a rotation system
  • Standing Watch (alone or with a partner)
  • Recording in the logbook
  • Navigating
  • Participating on the passage planing
  • Going forward to reef / set the spinnaker – bring deck shoes
  • Hand-steering

Rules

Dos

Your conduct should follow these rules:

  • Wear a lifejacket at all times on deck
  • If you don’t know something, please ask
  • Leave everything the same way you find it
  • If you damage / break something, please tell the staff
  • Have fun
  • Smile :)

Don’ts

The following behavior is not allowed onboard:

  • Smoking
  • Yelling
  • Drinking alcohol during passages
  • Taking illegal drugs
  • Complaining

Olhão, Portugal. Nearest airport, Faro.

Olhão, Portugal. Nearest airport, Faro.

Day 1

After check in and get yourself comfortable we will be discovering the boat and visit the local market to buy fresh fruit and vegetables. After the safety briefing and checking the weather we will do the passage plan. If the weather forecast is good we will be casting off after lunch on a passage to Barbate or Gilbraltar. That should be around 24-26 hours.

Day 2-3

Passing the Strait requires some preparation. Sometimes the stop can be long waiting for the weather. After all, this is about sailing! This sailing ground can be tricky so we must be patient and sail with the weather. After passing the strait we will be heading to cabo de Gata.

Day 3-5

Probably with a stop to fill up water tanks in Almerimar or Cartagena. Cartagena is special. Worth to spend some time there. The highlight of these trips obviously is to drop anchor in Formentera and swim in blue crystal waters. If we have the time we will be sailing into Cabrera and hiking in this beautiful island (nature park).

Day 5-6

At this time we should be spotting Formentera or Ibiza. Time to swim around in the turquoise water of Formentera and explore ashore. We have time we sail up to Cabrera archipelago to enjoy a nice walk in the Nature Park.

Day 7-8

We turn around and start our way back to Portugal. If we don’t hit the Balearics on day 7 this is part of the game.

Day 8-16

Sailing back from the Balearics crossing Costa Blanca and Costa del Sol requires some nice strategy. We need to go with the wind and as we approach the Strait of Gibraltar normally the winds accelerate and its not rare to find gale warnings in the area. We might stop in San José, Almerimar, or another port.

Sailing boots

Trainers/ deck shoes (no black soled shoes please – they mark the deck)

Waterproof sailing kit

Hat

Sailing gloves

Clothes for on-board and on shore

A small backpack for trips on-shore (30-40 litres)

A water bottle

Sun glasses (polarized)

Sun cream – SPF50+

Small quick dry towel

Swimming kit

USB cord to charge your phone

Cash

Sleeping bag

Head torch

Sailing knife

Passport

Printed out Insurance details

Any medication you require

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