Join us on the journey.
First Port of Departure:
San Lucar de Barrameda, Spain: September 20th, 2020, to Tenerife, Canary Islands
San Lucar is a lesser-known but pleasant coastal town in SW Spain, from which both Columbus and Magellan set sail. It has a famed strip of waterside restaurants that cooks up some of the best seafood in all of Andalusia. This town, found at the northernmost tip of the esteemed Sherry Triangle, also produces an admired and delicious Manzanilla. So come a few days early and explore the twisted streets and charming squares strewn with monuments, special restaurants and bodegas. It is also close to a gorgeous otherworldly wilderness area, Parque de Denona.
The first leg of our journey, the sail to Tenerife, Canary Islands is a short offshore sail by blue water standards, about 850 km or 1,000 miles. It will be a great shakedown cruise for Magellan Project to sail from the SW Coast of Spain, along the cost of Morocco and Northern Africa to Tenerife, and this sail is expected to take around 4 or 5 days at sea.
Tenerife in the Canary Islands is located 300 KM (186 miles) offshore from Northern Africa. Tenerife is the largest island of the Canary Archipelago, and the largest Spanish island. Globally it is known as the Island of Spring, due to its warm sunny days, gorgeous flowers and beautiful beaches. While Tenerife is part of Spain, it has its own architecture, wine and culture, and a fresh and delicious cuisine -wait until you taste the fish, green and red sauces and wrinkly potatoes!
The volcano Mt. Teide is located in a UNESCO World Heritage Park of the same name, and rises as the highest elevation of Spain, the highest of the islands of the Atlantic Ocean, and the third-largest volcano in the world from its base. The park is one of the best places on earth for stargazing, due to the height of the volcano, it’s mid-ocean position, it’s special microclimate, and strict light pollution laws.
This is a great place for land-lubbers, star gazers, historians, travel buffs and foodies to join the sailors of the Magellan Project. We know of a remarkable hotel in Tenerife, that has two Michelin starred restaurants and we are planning several days of events there around October 1st to celebrate the first leg of the voyage. Come join members of the Explorer’s Club to view celestial bodies, and to celebrate exploration and cultural adventure. A famed astrologer will be on hand to point out constellations; on Mt Teide you can see 83 of the 88 constellations visible from earth! Be amazed by the clarity of the Milky Way and shooting stars, and get new insights into celestial navigation. Dine deliciously, drink cava and dance beneath the moon—and toast the Magellan Projects sailors as they prepare to head offshore on the second leg of the voyage!
Second Port of Departure: Canary Islands: October 3rd, 2020, across the Atlantic to the coast of South America and RIO!
In Magellan’s day, this was a superstitious, difficult and dangerous journey–they knew there was a New World, but knew very little of its dimensions and shape. Those sailors were the equivalent of modern day astronauts. But, with modern sails, engines, navigation and communication equipment, as well as five centuries of sailing history behind us, we will set sail south across the equator and catch the trade winds to cross the Atlantic, to arrive at the port of Rio de Janiero.! This trip is expected to take 2 to 3 weeks. Whether you are an experienced ocean-crossing sailor, or if this is your first journey across the pond, come join our experienced team of blue water sailors on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure!
Third Port of Departure, Rio de Janeiro: December 26th, 2020
Come spend Christmas 2020 in the fabulous bustling seaport of Rio De Janerio!
Other Ports of Call:
Puerto San Julian, Argentina Departing August 24th, 2021
Puerto Santa Cruz, Argentina Departing October 18th, 2021
Guam Departing March 9th, 2022
Cebu City/Mactan Departing May 1st, 2022
Puerto Princessa, Philippines Departing June 21st, 2022
Brunei Departing August 1st, 2022
Spice Islands, Indonesia Departing December 21st, 2022
Cape Town, South Africa Departing May 21st, 2023
Cape Verde Islands Departing July 15th, 2023