Cape Verde-Fernando de Noronha



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Palmeira, CV






Fernando de Noronha



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Your application will be reviewed by the shipping company. If there are any questions, we will contact you. When approved, you have to make a deposit of 500 Euros. However, you are not committed to anything yet. If you cancel before January 1, 2023, you will be refunded the full deposit.


Cape Verde – Fernando de Noronha

The third leg of DARWIN200, from Cape Verde to Fernando de Noronha.




20-09-2023, 17:00

Palmeira, CV


01-10-2023, 09:00

Fernando de Noronha

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Crossing the Atlantic Ocean from Cape Verde to Fernando de Noronha.

Voyage description

Sail from Cape Verde across the equator to the spectacular volcanic islands of Fernando de Noronha.


The Oosterschelde is anchored in the harbor of Mindelo, Sao Vicente. There is hardly any rain in Cape Verde and that is clearly visible on Sao Vicente. The dry volcanic landscape resembles a lunar landscape. But the town is lively and colorful, and the people are friendly. Mindelo has always been a place where ships stocked for the crossing to South America and that is exactly what we do. As soon as everyone and everything is on board and the formalities are done, we raise anchor. Immediately we set sail in the harbour. The wind is extra strong in the channel between Sao Vicente and Santo Antao, and we soon leave these islands behind. After 24 hours at sea, we pass Ilha Brava a short distance away and if the visibility is good enough, we can also see the high volcano of Fogo behind it. The temptation is great to make a stop, but we have an ocean crossing ahead of us, so we must do it with the view alone.

This is the last landscape we see for now. Around us from now on an ever-changing ‘mountain landscape’ of wave peaks and valleys. The sun is very strong, but the first days of the voyage the nights are still pleasantly cool, and everyone quickly gets used to the life of a sailor. We relieve each other at the helm and occasionally adjust the sails, but for now we have the Northeast trade wind behind.

This voyage, we cross the equator and the question for every sailor is what the best place is to do that. At this time of year, we may lose the trade winds already quite northerly and soon enter the ‘intertropical convergence zone’, a zone of low pressure around the equator. This zone, the ‘Doldrums’, is characterized by spectacular weather phenomena. Severe thunderstorms with accompanying rain and wind, but also long periods of calm on a flat oily ocean. ‘In the past’ sailing ships sometimes floated here for weeks in search of a breath of wind. We have an engine help us, but we prefer to cross the equator where this zone is narrowest.

The ocean is not as vivid as most coastal waters and we don’t see many birds, but there is still plenty to see for the observant sailor. Dolphins and whales, sea turtles or a sunfish. They are particularly visible on the smooth water. With a fishing line behind the ship, we hope to catch a fish every now and then for the menu. Species that you can catch in this way are large predatory fish such as yellowfin tuna, skipjack, wahoo, or mahi-mahi. And then we’ll have to ask Neptune for permission to sail into the southern hemisphere. All land crabs crossing the equator for the first time better prepare for a firm assessment (-;


Then it suddenly goes fast, and we can count down. Hopefully we will pick up the southeast trade wind for the last sailing days to Fernando de Noronha. This Brazilian archipelago is characterized by its historical ruins, beautiful beaches and the unique nature with tropical seabirds and a rich marine life.

Both Cape Verde and Fernando de Noronha are very special destinations. We therefore recommend that you book a few days in a hotel or guest house both before and after your trip. In Cape Verde, if there is enough interest, we can organize a fantastic walking excursion to Santo Antao for you the day before you come on board.

Before and after your voyage leg
We strongly recommend you book a few days accommodation in the port of your embarkation (prior to your joining Oosterschelde), and a few days in the port you disembark (after your place on the voyage ends). This will allow you to recover before and after your adventure and will give you the opportunity to explore locations at your start and end points.


More than an Adventure!
By taking part in the Global Voyage, you support the DARWIN200 project. As part of your adventure, you will receive the following exclusive benefits:

  1. A full color, 300-page, hardback book as a momento of your adventure on board.
  2. A short video which will be filmed during each voyage leg.
  3. An invitation to the Start of Voyage Party in Plymouth on 13/08/2023.
  4. An invitation to the End of Voyage Party in Falmouth on 20/07/2025.
  5. An invitation to the DARWIN200 Concluding Award Ceremony in London in summer, 2025. Meet environmental celebrities, the young conservationists (‘DARWIN LEADERS’) and take part in a prize-giving ceremony.
  6. Acknowledgement and thanks by name on all DARWIN200 output films throughout the global voyage (although anonymity will be respected, if requested).
  7. Free DARWIN200 Global Voyage branded T-shirt!


Become part of DARWIN200, a planetary conservation initiative that will empower the next generation’s elite environmental leaders and engage millions of students worldwide in conservation projects. By taking part in the Global Voyage, you will be helping to make the DARWIN200 project a reality. For more information visit:


Q & A sessions
Interested in joining? Join our live information session about the 2023-25 Global Voyage. Each Information Session is beamed via Zoom and includes an overview of the global voyage, information about each of the 32 voyage legs, a live walk around Oosterschelde (when her schedule allows) and a Questions and Answers exchange.

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Level 3

Level 3-voyages are only suitable for the experienced and fit (sea) traveler. The weather could be challenging and during a crossing, there are few if not any options to divert to a harbor. We sail out of reach of helicopters and medical care from shore is usually not available.

The shipping company would like the OOSTERSCHELDE to be accessible to the widest possible audience, but you must realize that you are making a voyage aboard a seagoing tall ship. This requires more of your physical ability than a daily walk. Some voyages are more challenging than others. With the different levels, we give an indication of how heavy the voyage can be. If you are unsure whether a voyage is suitable for you, it is important to contact shipping company OOSTERSCHELDE for advice.

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