Ocean crossing Part 2

Ponta Delgada - Ibiza


This sailing trip took place in May 2023. Are you curious about the sailing trips we currently offer? Every year a number of adventure sailing trips are organized by the Clipper Stad Amsterdam. Whether you are an experienced sailor or not, we are more than pleased to invite you to join our crew on one of these adventures. More information about our adventurous sailing trips.

Sailing on a tallship

Every year a number of sailing trips are organised by the Clipper Stad Amsterdam. Whether you are an experienced sailor or not, we are more than pleased to invite you to join our crew on one of these adventures sailing holidays.

The captain and his crew welcome you on board at Ponta Delgada on May 26th. The beautiful and cozy town of Ponta Delgada is located on the Portuguese island of São Miguel, which is part of the islands group of the Azores: a small paradise in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean! São Miguel, also known as the "Green Island", is the largest island in the Azores. Enjoy the small streets with white and colored houses in Portuguese style, the old churches, and impressive squares. The crater lakes, the rugged coastline, and the wonderful green nature make this a fantastic island to stay at for a few days. Visit, for example, the volcano crater of Sete Cidades or the inactive volcano Do Fogo and the nearby lake before you embark on the Clipper.

Practical information

the Azores

The Azores archipelago, consisting of 9 inhabited and eight uninhabited islands, is located in the Atlantic Ocean about 1,500 km off the Portuguese coast. 
After breakfast the next morning, the "ocean crossing" to the island of Ibiza located in the Mediterranean Sea will begin.

Learn all about setting the sails or standing on the lookout or going aloft in the mainmast to the very top on this trip. The reward will be a truly unbelievable view!

An unforgettable experience

Imagine standing on the lookout surrounded by nothing but the sea. The waves,  the sea being rough now and then, maybe some other ships and sometimes even dolphins playfully dancing just ahead of the bow and the experience of feeling so insignificant in the overwhelming nature.
Enjoy the peace and quietness around you, be completely disconnected from our hectic lives at home, find the time to relax on deck or in the longroom with a book from our well-stocked library, and have interesting conversations with the crew and the other guests.

The meals are enjoyed together with the crew in the longroom at times adjusted to the watches. Every night the captain will give a short briefing on the mileage achieved on a preceding day, the mileage still to go, and any other points of interest.

During the presentation, there is room to share photos, and if you would like to share or tell something, a laptop, beamer and screen are at your disposal.

By Fleur Nooteboom

Sailing and watches

The ship’s crew stands watch in three shifts. These shifts are called the Red Watch (from 12- 4 AM and PM), the White Watch (from 4-8 AM and PM), and the Blue Watch (from 8-12 AM and PM).

We welcome you to join one of these watches. This way you can fully experience the wonders of sailing a square-rigged tall ship. Setting or furling the sails, keeping lookout, setting the course, or standing watch: you can participate in all of it. You may enjoy helping out in the galley and/or assisting the crew with onboard maintenance. There are plenty of options!

As a member of the Red Watch, you can enjoy the peacefulness of being at sea and the endless starry sky. In the White Watch, you will experience the break of dawn like you never did before, whilst in the Blue Watch, you can enjoy the sailing while maintaining a regular day and night rhythm.

Strait of Gibraltar

A special experience will certainly be the passage of the Strait of Gibraltar. This strait connects the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea and separates Spain in Europe and Morocco in Africa. The passage is narrow, the shipping traffic is busy, the weather is sometimes rough and the chance of spotting a whale is present!

The Strait of Gibraltar has a width of 14 to 44 km, a length of 60 km, and a maximum depth of 900 meters. The narrow passage is named after the rock on the most southeastern point of land, Gibraltar.

destination Ibiza, Spain

On June 7, the sailing trip ends in Ibiza - one of the Balearic Islands. This beautiful island is known for its beaches surrounded by pine trees and green hills with beautiful rock formations. The historic centre of Ibiza is on the UNESCO World Heritage List and a visit will be more than worthwhile. Just add the Mediterranean climate with many hours of sunshine and a sailing trip could hardly end better. 

We look forward to seeing you again aboard another time!

Ponta Delgada - Ibiza