Bordeaux — Vigo

Boarding in: Bordeaux
Boarding on: 24.10.2016 00:00
Departure: 24.10.2016 12:00
Port of destination: Vigo
Arrival: 03.11.2016 12:00
Debarkation before: 04.11.2016 12:00
Days on board: 10
Participation fee: 590€

The length of the trip from French Bordeaux to Spanish Vigo is about 550 miles. In the Bay of Biscay, habitually rowdy in the Fall, we are going to have 10 days of sea challenges, tons of unique practical experience and carefully selected theoretical knowledge. We anticipate a visit to Bilbao or Santander and a few sheltered anchorages in the coves by Cape Finisterre along the way.

Bilbao has changed tremendously when the Guggenheim Museum was built. There are multiple parks and picnic areas along the river, the old city center has been cleaned up and turned into a postcard image that makes you want to explore in detail all seven medieval streets, tapas-bars, gothic cathedrals and colorful marketplaces. Santander on the other hand is called the social capital of dreamlike Cantabria. They say, at all times Spanish royalty used Santander as their special vacation place as the city is crowded with breathtakingly beautiful parks and squares.

Cape Finisterre has a story of its’ own. In the Middle Ages people believed that the Earth was flat. And they would walk across the whole Europe to Cape Finisterre on the North-Western coast of Spain to look at the end of the Earth. The name of the cape comes from two Latin words: finis and terrae, end of the Earth. Every evening modern pilgrims watch the sunset over the ocean and remember the weeks (if not months) of their pilgrimage. To complete the ceremony they burn their shoes or clothes on the rocky back of the End of the Earth, thus symbolizing the end of their long and hard journey.

Seamanship-wise, Cape Finisterre is world famous for its’ storms. So we didn’t just chose it willy-nilly for our storm training.

Shtandart’s “Storm course” syllabus:

1. Storms and yachting: stats, facts, myths.

2. How not to get into a storm.

- Weather. Forecasts and forecast evaluation.
- Understanding the nature of the storms.
- Escaping the storm at sea (including a case study without communication and modern navigation technology, «eyeballing»).

3. Weathering the storm. What do you do if you did get into it?

- How to prepare the boat and the crew. Necessary supplies. Case studies: private boat and charter boat.
- Last minute storm preparation, making do with what you have.
- GMDSS. Modern systems and marine rescue services.
- Tricks for weathering the storm.

Authors and speakers:

- Vladimir Martus, Captain of the frigate Shtandart. Seamanship experience over 35 years, hundreds of thousands of miles, RYA Yachtmaster Offshore, RYA Yachtmaster Instructor.
- Dmitry Ryabchikov, professional seafarer, RYA Yachtmaster Offshore. Crossed both Atlantic and Pacific oceans, hundreds of thousands of miles on small boats and huge cruise tall ships.

- Andrey Sosnin, professional seafarer, YIT instructor, RYA Yachtmaster Coastal. Made a Transatlantic trip USA-Portugal -Turkey on a 9-meter boat that he got on E-bay for $6 000.

How do I get to Bordeaux: There’s a regular train service from Paris to Bordeaux Get your tickets early and you can save substantially. Taking a bus is a cheaper but longer option.

How do I get to Vigo: There are Iberia flights from Moscow to Vigo with one or more overlays. You can also take a bus or a train from Porto (~100 km) or from Santiago de Compostela, the capital of Galicia, (~90 km). If you live in Europe, Iberia has flights Madrid-Vigo.

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*No seamanship training is required.

** If you are a popular blogger with more than 7000 readers, we offer a discount, up to free participation, in exchange for your posts about the trip. Send your application with the links to your blog or public page and a short essay about yourself to This is a competitive offer.