Atlantic crossing on sailing yacht Global Surveyor: a YMO/Astronavigation adventure

The West Crossing: Azores – Cape Verde – Fernando de Noronha – Salvador

Join the Global Surveyor for an Atlantic crossing that will refine your sailing abilities and awaken your inner adventurer. Seize the chance to explore the immense ocean and discover the amazing adventures that await us on the horizon. This is more than a crossing; it’s an expedition to remember for a lifetime. Learn YMO and astronavigation from experienced sailors who are passionate about sharing their knowledge. Experience the thrill of open ocean sailing, where you’ll learn to read the stars and master the art of sailing. Join a community of like-minded adventurers seeking to challenge themselves and forge unforgettable memories.

Your sailing adventure

Join us aboard the sailing yacht Global Surveyor for a once-in-a-lifetime Atlantic crossing that encapsulates the essence of adventure, sailing prowess, and celestial navigation. Our meticulously planned route takes us from the charming shores of Ponta Delgada in the Azores, through the alluring archipelago of Cape Verde, past the mesmerizing island of Fernando de Noronha, and culminating in the vibrant city of Salvador in Brazil. As you traverse the vast expanse of the Atlantic Ocean, you'll witness breathtaking seascapes and experience the raw power of the open sea.  This journey is not just a passage but a deep dive into the realms of Yachtmaster Offshore (YMO) and astronavigation, offering an unparalleled educational experience in navigating the vast Atlantic.

The Global Surveyor, renowned for its sleek design and unmatched seaworthiness, offers the perfect vessel for your Yachtmaster Ocean (YMO) certification aspirations or for those who simply wish to experience the thrill of an oceanic passage under the guidance of our experienced crew. With an emphasis on hands-on learning, this voyage provides a unique opportunity to delve into the art of astronavigation - the way mariners have done for centuries.

Ponta Delgada, Azores: Where Our Adventure Begins

Our voyage commences in Ponta Delgada, a picturesque city known for its rich maritime history and breathtaking natural beauty. Here, you will be introduced to your fellow crew members and get acquainted with the Global Surveyor, our vessel for this grand expedition. It's a time for anticipation and preparation, as we set sail into the expansive Atlantic Ocean.

Cape Verde: A Melting Pot of Cultures

Our next stop, the Cape Verde Islands, offers a vibrant cultural experience amidst its volcanic landscapes and crystal-clear waters. This group of islands is a paradise for sailors and a fantastic opportunity for crew members to practice coastal navigation techniques, all while absorbing the unique blend of African, Iberian, and Brazilian cultures.

Fernando de Noronha: Brazil's Hidden Gem

As we sail further west, we'll visit Fernando de Noronha, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an enchanting archipelago known for its pristine beaches, rich marine biodiversity, and dramatic rock formations. It's an idyllic spot for celestial navigation exercises under the clear equatorial skies, offering an unparalleled stargazing experience.

Salvador, Brazil: Our Final Destination

Our journey concludes in the historic city of Salvador in Brazil, a place where the spirit of Brazil comes alive. Salvador offers a stunning end to our epic journey, with its colourful colonial architecture, pulsating music scenes, and mouthwatering cuisine. It's a place to reflect on the miles crossed and the lessons learned in navigation, seamanship, and personal discovery.


Preparing your journey

Our Global Surveyor sailings are suitable for people with no sailing experience, up to those who are experienced sailors. If you have little-to-no experience, please contact Victoria so we can chat through sea life with you. We can also advise you on what you should pack and bring on board and hire waterproof garments typically worn by sailors. We will let you know everything you need to get to and from Azores and Salvador based on our previous experience. We strongly recommend travel insurance.

It is an involved passage the crew will be part of the boat preparation and part of the watch system that make it happen. Our skippers are Yachtmaster Instructors so whether you are an experienced sailor or novice they will be able to pass on some tips along the way.

Expedition yacht Global Surveyor

We were delighted to welcome to the fleet Global Surveyor to Go West Sailing in 2020; this blue water sailing yacht designed to withstand collisions with ice, containers and groundings. Global Surveyor was designed and built by Gunter Marine and the original owner Graham Lascelles for round the world sailing. The original build was in 1998 and she has been extensively refitted in 2020. She was intentionally over-specced with many extras that are not an everyday occurrence on a sailing yacht including:

  • Seven watertight sections and crash bulkheads;
  • Overbuilt cutter rig;
  • Fully insulated with 3 independent diesel heaters;
  • 2000 litres of water in 2 tanks and 2000 litres of diesel in 2 tanks;
  • 5 cabins and 2 heads including shower area;
  • Very large saloon with mahogany wooden trim;
  • Deck house to protect from elements;
  • Extensive safety kit including 2 ocean class 12 person life rafts;
  • Satellite communication;
  • 150 kg main and 63 kg kedge anchor.

Internally, she has been designed with comfort and safety in mind. There is a very large saloon complete with mahogany trim and a dining table to seat 12 comfortably. Each cabin has been fitted with overhead reading lights and USB port to allow for device charging. The yacht has been designed to carry 16 passengers, however we keep this to a maximum of 10 plus 2 crew between 5 spacious cabins. This also ensures a really hands-on experience. You can watch Global Surveyor videos on our YouTube.

2024 dates

17th September 2024: Azores - Cape Verde - Fernando de Noronha - Salvador:  25 days - £2995

Included in the price

As with all our trips, all on-board expenses are included in the price - no hidden costs or surprises. The price is £2995 per person and includes:

  • 25 nights accommodation on Global Surveyor,
  • All onboard meals and snacks;
  • Fuel and gas;
  • Skipper/guide;
  • First mate/engineer;
  • Marina and harbour fees;
  • Bedding (sheet and pillowcase)

Optional - not included in the price: oil skins hire £3.50 per item per day, final cleaning service at £10 per person, eating in restaurant ashore, visitors fees to museum or attractions, flights, car rental, transfers to starting and end destination.

Book your spot below or phone us if you have any questions +441475 789837, you can also chat to us on WhatsApp.


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