Azores sailing adventure trips

Feel the freedom of following the wind

When we leave the port, you will see the different shades of blue between the ocean and the sky. The stars, the moon and the sun with the sails above you. Nothing but time to dive into the wilderness and relax.

SAIL BOAT

Crewed yacht charter

Professional captain and cook/mate

Our priority is to guide you safely around the islands and experience this adventure in a familiar environment. As we remain professionals, we do everything we can to provide you with an enjoyable experience at sea and on land.

ROUTES

Private trips & Expeditions

Explore the Islands at your own rhythm

Our crew will guide you safely to achieve your goal, either you are a family with children, a group of friends looking for fun or a group of professionals looking for wildlife photography, marine conservation or scientific projects.

Shared trips & Cabin charter

Multi-cultural sailing adventure

When you join a shared trip, you are ready to meet other like-minded travelers who enjoy sailing together, adventure, sensitivity to wildlife and respect for nature. Join them alone or with friends.

10 Days sailing adventure video

Eco-tourism island hopping holiday

Azores sustainable tourism destination

Our trips are filled with positive energy and a pleasant atmosphere. In a unique harmony with nature, this is an experience that refreshes your soul and “recharges your batteries”. A balance between full adrenaline and pure relaxation surrounded by the ocean, where dolphins, whales, turtles, mantas, sharks and other species live together in a rich ecosystem.

Sail with us in the Azores or Atlantic Tour

Cruises, Long Passages & Atlantic Crossing

Our base is in the Azores, where we spend every summer season. In December 2023, we left the Azores and sailed 8,000 nautical miles to the Caribbean, where we spent the winter, and back to the Azores in April 2024. Subscribe below in the footer to our newsletter so you may embark on one of these adventures one day.

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SailZen reviews & testimonials

You can read more reviews at Google Business, Facebook or Trip Advisor to get to know what our wonderful passengers have shared about their experiences during our trips.

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Great sailing in Azores I had a fantastic sailing experience with Sailzen. It is a good way to visit the Azores' islands and see how beautiful and diversified they are. Andre and Rita are professional and experienced, they make you feel like you are at home in their boat.
Edgar Domingues
Edgar Domingues
2023-10-08
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Keep going Das Wichtigste zuallererst: André ist ein extrem erfahrener Kapitän und auch Rita weiß nicht nur ihre Gäste kulinarisch zu verwöhnen sondern hat auch sehr gute Segelerfahrungen. Wir waren für 10 Tage auf Törn von Faial nach São Miguel. Die Yacht IRRO ist ein sehr gut ausgestattet und hochseetüchtig. Zu jeder Zeit können sich auch Nichtsegler absolut sicher fühlen. Das Programm ist vielseitig und abwechslungsreich. André und Rita haben ein enorm gutes Gespür für alle Gäste an Bord. Mein herzlicher Dank gilt André und Rita. Hoffe auf ein Wiedersehen!
Stefan
Stefan
2023-09-30
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SailZen and the Azores were the best sailing holiday! We have sailed all over the world, and our week with Andre and Rita on their boat in the Azores was one of the very best. My family usually bareboat charters when we take sailing holidays. Our week with SailZen was worry-free; we did not have to provision or spend time cooking and planning our course. Andre and Rita took care of all of that. Their boat was perfect for the blue water sailing in the Azores, and the food was fantastic. We loved the unspoiled, quiet islands of the Azores. If you like breathtakingly beautiful landscapes and abundant sea life mixed with some of the most beautiful hikes you will ever encounter, you will love sailing with them. Captain Andre and his wife and crew member Rita were full of local knowledge and a total pleasure to be with. I can't recommend Sailzen enough! We will for sure sail with them again.
Peter P
Peter P
2023-09-25
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Equipa muito profissional e acolhedora! A equipa da sailzen é de facto das melhoras no mercado. fazer viajens de barco, para mim, será sempre com eles.
Vera S
Vera S
2023-09-13
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Outstanding sailing experience We spent for the second time a wonderful family vacation with Andre and Rita on board of the beautiful IRRÓ sail boat. This is not a conventional sailing vacation. It exceeds in all aspects. Andre and Rita are an incredible team who cut nothing short to assure an outstanding sailing and gastronomic experience. Their style is informal making us feel all part of a close friend and privileged gathering. Their sailing skills are exceptional and the boat is super safe! If you are looking for a specially custom dedicated sailing trip, look no further.
Bruno_Castro_Santos
Bruno_Castro_Santos
2023-09-12
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Another amazing sailing experience An amazing sailing experience with Captain Branco aboard Irro`. I have been three times and each time is unique, new sites to see, swimming areas, food and laughter. This time we saw a sperm whale with her calf. This was a first for me! Rita is a wonderful, kind and lovely hostess. She makes delicious meals for us and tends to our needs to make us comfortable and the trip enjoyable. Andre`is an expert sailor/captain and you feel safe when you are sailing with him. He also shares sailing techniques and is a wonderful host. The whole 10 days are exciting, not only because of the beauty of the Azores but also being with this great couple! Ready to return!
Cindy C
Cindy C
2023-09-05
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Just do this! If I could give Sailzen 10 stars out of 5 I would. We had an absolutely fantastic time on our 6-day trip in July. One of the most memorable travel experiences I have had and I have traveled a lot. It was so beautiful and peaceful and we saw lots of sea-life including fabulous snorkeling and fluorescent dolphins at night, which was truly magical. Andre and Rita were fantastic hosts. Made us feel so welcome and really went out of their way to make sure we had a great experience. The boat is beautiful and comfortable, Andre is a very experienced and professional captain so you are in excellent hands whether you know how to sail or not, and Rita cooked fabulous local food. Totally positive experience. Highly recommend.
wheretogonext44
wheretogonext44
2023-08-08
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All is blue Where the sea meets the sky on Irro and with Sailzen. What an amazing few days and such a privilege to be able to experience this beauty. I believe Andre and Rita are two of the most positive people we have ever meet. Not only that but super professional, proud and passionate. And then the Azores: WOW. Thankyou guys for sharing this unique experience.
kelly
kelly
2023-08-06
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Melhor experiência nos Açores. A melhor experiência da minha vida!! Navegar nos Açores com a Sailzen foi incrível, além de velejar tive uma das mais incríveis experiências da minha vida mergulhar com as jamantas no meio do oceano atlântico norte. Foi tanta emoção que chorei em baixo da água e tive minha máscara de mergulho enchei de lágrimas de emoção. O time André e Rita, não tenho palavras para descrever porque da para escrever um livro, mas em poucas palavras tudo impecável , segurança a bordo o Capitão André Branco sempre cuidando para que todos nós sempre estivéssemos bem, felizes e confortáveis . A chef Rita uma culinária exemplar direito a estrela michelan. Café da manhã sempre com produtos queijos e frutas dos Açores e cada ilha tem algo especial. Almoço também menu açoriano ou algo fresco para acompanhar o momento caso estivéssemos navegando ele fazia salada , caso estivéssemos em âncora era outro menu nata 10. Tudo o que poço dizer que se vc quer ir para os Açores venha navegar com André e Rita no veleiro Irró. Muito obrigada pela maravilhosa semana. Adriana
akostiw
akostiw
2023-08-05
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Suite d'une magnifique découverte de l'archipel des Açores à la voile 2e fois que nous faisons un voyage avec André et Rita (2018 et 2023). Une expérience à chaque fois inoubliable. Le capitaine André est à votre écoute, que vous vouliez participer aux manœuvres ou pas, Rita est une experte culinaire et tous les 2 d'une grande gentillesse. Grâce à Sailzen, nous avons pu naviguer en toute sécurité (et ce même en cas de rencontre d'un peu trop près avec un cachalot la nuit), visiter les principales îles des Açores (André les connaît toutes et on a l'impression qu'il connaît aussi tout le monde, il est un excellent guide de l'archipel et des particularités de chaque île, naturelles ou culturelles), voir des animaux marins, et pêcher/manger du poisson frais. La 1ère fois vous arrivez client, vous repartez complètement relax avec de nouveaux amis, et l'envie de revenir...
Patche75
Patche75
2023-07-17
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