Lisbon — A Coruña

Startharbour: Lisbon
Boarding after: 17.05.2020 16:00
Departure: 18.05.2020 10:00
Port of destination: A Coruña
Arrival: 22.05.2020 20:00
Debarkation before:
Days on board: 7
Suggested donation towards jorney expenses: 495€

350 nautical miles

Lisbon – Celestial Navigation – cIes islands – Cape Finisterre – The Tower of Hercules lighthouse – A Coruna

It’s our honor to invite you to join us for the ocean-most passage of the season. Solid 350 nautical miles in the open Atlantic. The weather might be very different. We might be blessed by the warm southern sunlight, or have to wear foul weather gear and fly north on the wings of a following storm. 

Right after Cascais we enter the Atlantic, wide open to the very Americas. It’s almost always swelly, even if there is no wind. When it’s blowing the waves here are longer than in the inner seas and have a gentle slope.

We round the western-most point of Europe, Cape Roca, and – weather allowing – stop in Porto. After a rough passage it’s going to be especially enjoyable to walk the narrow streets and tall bridges and to taste all sorts of various port wine right where it was invented.

After that we enter Spanish waters and most likely have an anchorage by the national reserve on Cies Islands or go dockside in the nearby small town Baiona.  It’s 100 miles from here to A Coruna along the Costa da Morte. This coast had an ill fame back in the days.  After a long passage across the ocean without any reliable means of navigation in the dark the risk of running aground and wrecking the ship on the sharp rocks was huge. 

In our 21st century we’d give all the dangerous spots a lot of room. If the swell allows us to we are going to sail very close to Cape Finisterre, the End of the Earth of the ancients and the end point of the famous pilgrimage route El Camino de Santiago.

Sail training
The ocean passage allows for special ocean sailing experience. We are going to teach you to trim the sails, hold a steady course on high ocean swell, use stars to find your location and keep a good deduced reckoning track. 

We’re going to try 18th century navigation and see how much easier it is nowadays with all the modern electronic equipment and why this equipment still cannot replace the traditional methods. 

Our watch officers and the Captain are eager to share their experience, so pile them up with questions! Knots, modern and traditional navigation, radio communications, sail trim – you can learn about it, see how it works and try it out yourself.