Welcome to the world of 

Spirit of Oysterhaven 

Ireland's largest Sail Training vessel and flagship of

Oysterhaven Activity Centre



We have had a busy season since May with voyages from Dursey to Derry providing great Sail Training experiences for crews of young people from a wide variety of backgrounds. We also enjoyed participating in Maritime Festivals in Derry, Drogheda, Dublin and Cobh.

In early October we set a course south for Portugal and the Algarve, before setting off on an extended voyage around the Atlantic, visiting the islands of Madeira, Canaries, Cape Verde, Grenada to Antigua, Bermuda and the Azores, before returning home in mid May, early June.

Below is a rough calendar and itinerary. The dates and voyages are currently evolving so if you would have an interest in joining for any of the legs please get in touch.



Early October - Departure Kinsale    


One week to Cascais (Lisbon)

One Week Algarve  

One or two weeks local cruising  

Late October/early November

Sail to Madeira then Canaries

One or two weeks local cruising   

Late November

Sail to Cape Verdes

One or two weeks whalewatching 

Early January

Sail for Grenada    

Late Jan/early Feb    

Island Cruising 

Carriacou, St. Vincent & Grenadines


Cruising Martinique to Antigua

April 18th

Antigua Classic Regatta


End April

Antigua to Bermuda


Bermuda to Azores

One or two weeks cruising Azores

End May /early June

Azores to Ireland

Crew members wishing to join any leg of this voyage will be doing so on a “shared expenses” basis. We need to make the voyage cover its costs so everyone is expected to make a contribution to running expenses, which for Ocean Milebuilding voyages averages out at €50 per night. On some of the island hopping cruises such as Canaries and Cape Verde and for cruising in the Caribbean guest crew will be paying between €120 per night,  and for events such as Antigua Classic regatta it would be €180.

All crew members will be members of Spirit of Oysterhaven Club for which the annual subscription is €50.  This will also entitle you to avail of other crewing opportunities aboard Spirit during the season when she is back in Ireland.


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