Sailing the Portuguese Coast
- Vessel: Cherokee
- Where: Portugal
- Duration: 8 days
- Embark: Porto - 26 September 2020, 18:30
- Disembark: Lisbon - 4 October 2020, 10:30
Spend a week sailing and exploring the Portuguese coast from Porto to Lisbon onboard Cherokee
Climb aboard Cherokee in the coastal city of Porto, located in northwest Portugal and well known for its stately bridges and tawny port production. Narrow cobbled streets tumble down the hillside and a wonderful mix of traditional and modern architecture blends with merchants’ houses, bell towers, extravagant baroque churches and stately beaux-arts buildings.
The time at sea is yours to make your own and guests are invited to become as involved as much as they like – take the helm and hoist the sails, sit back, relax and soak up the Portuguese sunshine and enjoy the views!
Anchor off sandy beaches with rolling sand dunes fringed by pine forests and teeming with birdlife such as sandpipers, gannets and osprey. Find secluded bays, exploring rocky inlets and crystal clear bathing lagoons before heading for a coastal walk along the limestone clifftops. There is no set itinerary for your sailing holiday as Cherokee will sail where the wind and tides permit but you will anchor at traditional Portuguese harbour towns and secluded bays as you work your way down the coast to reach Lisbon.
The capital of Portugal, Lisbon offers something for everyone and is well worth giving some time once leaving Cherokee bobbing in the harbour. It’s iconic seven hills surround the city as it sweeps down to the seafront, an array of soft white and red-roofed buildings offer postcard perfect views wherever you wander. From cobbled alleyways, ancient ruins, white-domed cathedrals and art museums, you won’t run out of things to do in this eccentric Portuguese city.
All food and soft drinks are included in your ticket price.
Guest berths: 8 Rig: Cutter
In 2008, Jouke Lemmer purchased Cherokee after spending years sailing with his father’s ship amongst others. Cherokee was built in 2000 by award-winning boat builders J & J Design and a year after buying her, Jouke refitted Cherokee radically, transforming her into a truly comfortable charter vessel, giving her a cutter rig and space for a generator so as to offer his passengers power and hot showers!
She is a fast, 16m vessel with a stunning teak deck and spacious cockpit, and she operates with two crew members (her skipper and the bosun/chef). Cherokee is exceptionally good at what she was built to do – pure sailing.
Jouke sails his ship all over the northern hemisphere, leaving Cherokee’s home port of Rotterdam in May and sailing anywhere from the Hebrides and the Channel Islands, the Faroe Islands and Ireland or even down to the North coast of Spain before making the journey back to Holland in October. Join him and his wonderful ship for the adventure of a lifetime – think exhilarating sailing, bucket list destinations and top-notch hospitality.
Deck planMore about Cherokee
Are all meals included?
Yes, all meals on board are included in the price. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and soft/hot drinks) Alcohol is not included.
Can you cater for dietary needs?
Yes, please let us know when making your booking.
What language is spoken on board?
Dutch and English.
What are the sleeping arrangements?
Cherokee has two twin berth cabins and two double berth cabins for guests.
How many toilet/showers does she have?
Cherokee has two toilet/shower rooms.
Do I need sailing experience?
Not at all. Some of Cherokee's voyages are more suited to sail training (i.e. less time for shore visits), but the majority are gentle sailing.
Is there WIFI?
No, but you should easily be able to reach 3G/4G from the shore.
Can I charge my phone/Camera?
Yes charging facilities are available when the generator is running.
Are there life jackets provided?
Are Waterproofs provided?
You can hire Sailing suits for £35 for the week.
Will I be sea sick?
Everyone reacts differently but we recommend if you are at all worried to take some medication 24 hours before departure.