Adventure Sailing Holiday in Morocco, North Africa
Jan 04-18 2020 (£2,099)
NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
SINGLE BERTHS AVAILABLE
Sailing and exploring the coast of Morocco
One of our most unusual but also most popular routes as we sail down Morocco's Atlantic coast. Far off the beaten track of most other yachts, this is real adventure sailing, with wonderful towns to explore and a huge dose of the unexpected every year. Starting in Cadiz and finishing with an exciting 24 hour sail to the Canaries, you can visit Tangier, Rabat, El Jadida, Safi amongst other options. There is more time ashore to explore on this route.
Day 1: Joining the boat
Join the boat between 1200 and 2000hrs (the closer to 1200 the better but we know flights and such like don’t always work like that, so don’t worry!) Get your belongings packed away and relax. There’s plenty of things to do in the future but right now it’s about relaxing, finding your way around the boat and enjoying the surroundings.
Day 2: Briefings and training
Today is all about getting up to speed with the boat. Whether you are a complete novice or more experienced sailor, everyone benefits from detailed introductions, safety briefings and training sessions. You will have two highly experienced instructors to guide you through every aspect that you need to know to have a great sailing holiday. By lunchtime we should be casting off the lines, hoisting the sails and working through all the key sailing manoeuvres such as tacking and gybing, reefing and knot tying! By the end of the day everyone on board should feel comfortable with the basics – even though there’s more to learn and practice every day. We may anchor overnight.
Day 3-4: Day sail to Tangier, Morocco
Today we will sail the 50nm or so to Tangier. This is a lovely sail and we really get to see these yachts at their very best. Entry into Tangier is always a baffling mix of guess work, bartering and bloody mindedness. They are not used to yachts here and it always takes a little working out! We will hopefully get to spend a full day here exploring its souks and medinas. It’s a crazy, fascinating city.
Days 5-7: Overnight sail to explore Rabat
It’s about 120nm south to Rabat, so we will likely leave after dinner for a wonderful sail in the warm Moroccan winds, with the exotic smells and sounds of North Africa wafting across the water as we sail under the stars. Rabat is the capital of Morocco and is wonderful place to spend a day or so. You can explore the Kasbah of the Udayas, the royal fort from the Berber era and its beautiful gardens that overlook the ocean. You will also be able to visit the city’s iconic Hassan Tower, a 12th-century minaret, that soars above the ruins of a mosque.
Days 8-10: Day sail to explore El Jadida
50nm or so further south is the wonderful town of El Jadida. It was built by the Portuguese as a fortified colony on the Atlantic coast in the early 16th century and taken over by the Moroccans in 1769. It is a beautiful town and is now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Days 11-12: Passage to Safi
There’s another lovely 60nm sail down to Safi, our last possible stop on the Moroccan coast unless we made it to Essaouira. Quite a large town, nearly a quarter of it is dedicated to pottery and just about every green glazed tile you see in the rest of the region comes from here. It is a very different place to visit, but fascinating none the less.
Days 13-14: Overnight sail to the Canary Islands
Finally, we have to leave the much loved Morocco behind and head west into the Atlantic Ocean bound for the island of Lanzarote in the Canaries. How long this takes will depend exactly where we set off from, but you can expect 24-36 hours of wonderful open ocean sailing. Still warm and usually with great wind, we soon see the Canaries appear over the horizon and we will arrive in Puerto Calero in time for a good old end of trip party!
Day 15: Debrief , clean up and goodbyes
It’s always amazing how quickly everyone has become firm friends and the boat and its routines seem so familiar. Yet it’s time to wrap it all up and head home. We’ll get the boat back to how we found it, sign logbooks, exchange emails and disembark by 1200hrs.
JOINING & LEAVING THE BOAT
- You should join the boat in Cadiz harbour after 1200 hrs on the start day. It is good if you can join us as close to 1200 hrs as possible, but if your flight or ferry gets in later than this, that is fine. We will ask you closer to the time to let us know your travel details.
You will disembark the boat in Lanzarote at 1200 hrs on the last day.
- You can fly into Jerez (IATA code: XRY). Ryanair, British Airways and Iberia all fly there. From the airport a taxi takes about 30 to 40 minutes and costs about €55 to Cádiz. There are also frequent trains from Jerez to Cádiz which arrive at the station inside the old town (see below).
- Lanzarote airport (IATA Code: ACE) is well served by many airlines including Ryanair, Easyjet, Iberia and others. The airport is a short taxi ride from the marina.
AGE & EXPERIENCE
These adventure sailing holidays are open to everyone aged 18 years and over. If you are aged 70 or over, or have any concerns about your health, we ask that you get a doctor’s note before booking. This is just to make as certain as possible that you will be okay out on the water.
NO PREVIOUS SAILING EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED
CLOTHING & EQUIPMENT
We provide the foul weather clothing, life-jackets and all other technical equipment you will need. We really urge you not to spend any extra money unless you are sure you want to! You need to bring a sleeping bag and some waterproof boots.
We are committed to helping as many people as possible have an amazing sailing holiday and experience the magic of the sea. Our skippers and mates have medical training and the boats have some medical supplies and equipment on board. However, the reality is that once on board access to professional medical assistance is going to be slower than if you were on land. If we are offshore it may be some days. For this reason we ask you to check through the medical disclosure form below before you book. If you answer yes to any of the questions, you should get in touch with us before you book. It will probably still be fine but it’s good to make sure. You will be asked to submit the form electronically 14 days before the start date, ensuring that we have the most up to date information.
- It is essential that you have adequate travel insurance in place for your sailing holiday.
- We strongly recommend that you arrange insurance that covers you for any medical mishaps in the build up to your holiday so that should you have to cancel, you can reclaim you fees.
- Please note we cannot refund your money or cancel your invoice due to medial issues.
- For our latest guidance on travel insurance, please read here.
TRIP CATEGORY: COASTAL SAILING
Mostly day sailing, but may have an occasional night sail.
How to Book
- Use the yellow button above to pay a deposit & guarantee your place.
- You will receive our joining pack.
- We will contact you to pay balance (due 90 days prior to departure)