No individual sets out to sail in weather beyond a yacht or crew ability. Destinations on offer in the Atlantic Ocean require some planning, but additional precautions will be well rewarded.
Visit the Azores is from June to September though temperatures are pleasant all year round. As a general rule, it is wet from October to April.
Generally, the Azores are expensive to visit. Without direct access to the mainland, even the most basic supplies need to be imported despite their remote location and challenging supply factors. However, a Yacht Charter in the Azoresise is affordable for most visitors.
Over 700 nautical miles west of Europe and more than 2,100 miles east of North America lies The Azores’ archipelago – an autonomous region of Portugal. The Azores is the most western outpost of the European Union.
Years ago, sailors called them the “hawk islands” (Ilhas dos Acores) mainly from the weather forecast when a stable Azores high provides good weather in Central Europe. Many sailors stopover in the Azores on an Atlantic Ocean crossing, preferably in Horta on Faial Island, where a small fleet of charter yachts can be found.
Yacht Charter crews reach the Azores via Ponte Delgada Joao Paulo II (PDL). Regional airports on the other 8 islands are also connected with ferries. Islands also visited are Tennerie part of the Canary Islands.
Madeira officially recorded as the Autonomous Region of Madeira (Região Autónoma da Madeira). Madeira is an autonomous region considered part of Portugal (the other being the Azores), an archipelago situated in the North Atlantic Ocean. Known as the Macaronesia region, it’s just under 250 miles to the north of the Canary Islands. Geologically located on the African Tectonic Plate, Madeira is culturally, economically and politically European. Found on the Islands South Coast, Madeira’s capital is Funchal.
Generally, Madeira has a very mild and moderated subtropical climate. The main harbour in Funchal is a leading cruise port. More than half a million tourists passed through its main port in 2017.
Sailing and scuba diving are top-rated sports on the Island. Some Yacht Charter companies combine all aspects of sport in a skippered vacation.
Seychelles is officially the Republic of Seychelles, an island country in the Indian Ocean. Formed at the eastern edge of the Somali Sea, the country consists of 115 islands. Its capital Victoria is it’s the largest city, Victoria, which lies 930 miles east of mainland Africa. Other nearby island countries include Comoros, Madagascar, and Mauritius. The French overseas regions of Mayotte and Réunion island lie to the south of the Maldives. Chagos Archipelago (administered by the United Kingdom) is to the east. With only 98,462, it has the smallest population of any sovereign African country.
Seychelles was uninhabited before being encountered by Europeans in the 16th century. It faced competing for French and British interests until coming under full British control in the late 18th century.
Seychelles are a unique sailing destination for a yacht charter. They are beautiful tropical islands with sandy beaches and imposing granite rocks polished by the waves of the Indian Ocean. All sorts of sailing and boating adventures found in this tropical paradise. Sailing, scuba diving, swimming and sunbathing, to name but a few fun things to keep you occupied during a relaxing stay aboard a Yacht.
Did you visit our Caribbean selection of destinations, visit islands, and step back in time? Cuba is still living in a time warp, changing fast, so don’t miss the opportunity to see this fantastic culture.
Perhaps you might venture further and visit North and South America We combined destination on all continents. Heading east and north you will find Northern Europe, a cooler climate but still worth a visit. If you are connecting to the Mediterranean via the Atlantic Ocean then the Baleric Islands are a must-do stopover.