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Cape Verde is a beautiful and exciting place for sailing with ideal conditions year round, the sea is warm and the beaches and harbours rarely get crowded. It is far better to sail here than in the Caribbean or Canaries, as the Cape Verdean islands rarely suffer from storms or hurricanes.

There are a great variety of vessels offering fully crewed organised itineraries of varying lengths of time, from hour long cruises to overnight multi island sailing experiences.

It is possible to charter sailing boats from Santa Maria including catamarans and Bavarias. For private yacht hire most companies require an International Certificate of Competence.

At Palmeira there is a larger port with many passing sailing boats. The only marina is at Mindelo. Sailing conditions between the islands can be quite tricky due to wind acceleration zones which can take sailing boats unawares.

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