Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Sail the Western Med aboard a Brigantine

My good friends aboard the tall ship El Cyrano are soon leaving on the first ‘Tall Ship Training Experience.’ And there are still some places available.

Leaving Tarragona on the 16th of July the plan is to sail north to France, weather permitting of course, over 6 days. The Cyrano will spend each night at a port on the Catalan coast. If you want to gain a unique view of the north western Mediterranean in summer, away from the crowds, I’d thoroughly recommend the trip.

Anyone who signs up will form part of a watch and be expected to participate in sailing and running the boat together with the professional crew. You can expect a full and varied sailing experience on board a well-found ship as well as the opportunity to meet new, interesting people and work in a team alongside them.

Personally I hope to be able to join the Cyrano, if not on this first journey then on the next from the 30th of July until the 4th of August. I’ve sailed up the Catalan coast once in OB and I’d love to do it again on a large sailing vessel, not so much for the chance to relax, gazing up at curves of canvas or to rediscover the coastal harbours and coves as for the opportunity to learn about sailing a craft of this size.

The price is 880 euros per person (ex VAT) for six days with all meals included. You won’t need much more than a sleeping bag, some light, simple clothing and some money for beers ashore.

Dates for this summer are July 16th to 21st. July 30th to August 4th. August 6th to August 11th. August 20th to august 25th. August 27th to September 1st. September 3rd to September 8th.

Email Ton, who speaks excellent English, at info@elnudomarinero.com


Amadeu Ros i Torres said...

Uep! Ben, how are you?
I was sailing in another tall ship a few years ago. She was named "Clementina", a 22 metres schooner, and former fishing boat. We set sail at noon leaving Barcelona, headed to northeast along the coast. We were sailig evening and night, then, in the morning we enter Golf de Lleó. Our proposal was whale-watching: rorquals and catxalots, dolphins and grampus... And was so exciting.
All the best.
Amadeu from Xàbia.

Ben said...

Hola Amadeu!

I sail on this boat as much as I can, It's a very different sort of sailing from what we're used to in small boats. El Cyrano's wheel has 14 turns from lock to lock!

Upa adeu!